It's not just for beer lovers either, there are 5 Irish cider producers present as well as whiskey in the form of Teeling's. The ICBCF is where Irish breweries bring their latest beers and often launch them at the festival. It can sometimes be difficult to keep up and try all the new beers at the festival due to the increasing numbers of breweries. It's not something that should be complained about though, just enjoyed and racing around trying to get everything before it's all gone.
As usual, the festival will be staffed by Beoir volunteers. For those that don't know, Beoir is Ireland's beer consumer group with a goal of raising awareness about Ireland's independent micro breweries. If you have any questions at the even, flag down anyone wearing a Beoir shirt and they will be happy to answer any questions, whether they are working or just having a drink.
Tickets cost €10 and include a free souvenir glass. Tickets available at the doors and in advance from selected local off-licences craft beer pubs, see website for details.
Pints are €5, extra glasses €2.50
Concessions are available for certain groups such as Beoir, CAMRA and NHC members. Just show your current valid membership card at the door.
An extra day has been added this year so it runs from Thursday, September 5th - 5pm until Sunday, September 8th - 6pm.
Also new this year will be a merchandise stand where you can buy brewery swag and other fun stuff. The stand will be staffed by, you guessed it, your friendly neighbourhood Beoir members.
There will also be master classes and question/answer sessions so it will be educational as well as just lots of fun.
***Competition time***Yes that's right, I have three pairs of tickets to give away. All you need to do is answer these questions three.
The first three correct answers I get in the comments box below will win a pair of tickets each.
The competition is open to anyone but please only enter if you are actually able to make the event itself. It's not fair to waste free tickets. The winners will be put on a guest list rather than get physical tickets so they are not transferable, however you can enter and put forward two alternative names as gifts if you like but please ensure they can make it.
- How many years has the beer festival been running at the RDS?
- Where in the west of Ireland is the little brother to this festival held? Hint, it's on August 24th.
- How much does full Beoir membership cost for a year?
Leave a comment with your answers.
If you don't win, don't worry. Keep an eye on the Twitter and Facebook pages for other competitions.
Below is a list of breweries and cider producers that will be in attendance. That list might grow so keep an eye on the website as well as Twitter and Facebook.
Carlow Brewing Company
Clanconnel Brewing Company *
Dingle Brewing Company
Donegal Brewing Company *
Dungarvan Brewing Company
Eight Degrees Brewing
Five Lamps *
Galway Bay Brewery *
Hilden Brewing Co.
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale - international
Kinnegar Brewing *
Kinsale Craft Brewery *
Metalman Brewing Co.
Mountain Man Brewing *
Sierra Nevada - international
The Porterhouse Brewing Co.
West Kerry Brewery
Armagh Cider *
MacIvors Cider Co.
Stonewell Cider Co.
Toby's Handcrafted Cider *
* denotes new to the festival.