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Independent Brewing

kevin-oharaIndependent Brewing is based in Carraroe, in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht. Trading since January 2014, this craft brewery has already established itself as an artisan producer of award winning, local tasty beers. We also have the distinction of being the only craft brewery in the Connemara Gaeltacht.

Award-Winning Beers We were awarded a Silver medal at the Global Craft Brewers Awards in Berlin and won the best Ale and Lager category at the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards. We are very proud of the fact that a Galway craft brewery can win such esteemed recognition.

Into the West Carraroe is a small village nestled in the heart of Connemara on the rugged Atlantic coastline of the West of Ireland, with a backdrop of “savage beauty” of stony fields, small lakes and windswept bogs. Much like Connemara itself, our beers are local and artisan as opposed to the mass produced offerings of global companies. This local crafting of our beer is reflected in the unique taste of our beers.

Just a mile from our Connemara microbrewery is the Coral Strand or Trá an Dóilín. This beautiful beach is made of tiny pieces of maerl, which is very coral-like in appearance. This unique local feature provided the inspiration for our artwork. Like the Coral Strand, our beers are a natural product with no added chemicals or additives. We use only the best ingredients in our award-winning and full-flavoured craft beers. They are carefully handcrafted and brewed for your enjoyment.

If you head out west from Galway city, out past Spiddal and Casla to Carraroe, you may catch the faint whiff of mashing barley on the breeze.

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