Last year, Alltech held their international craft brewing and distilling convention in Dublin. It was almost a last minute decision with only about 6 weeks of planning. There were mistakes along the way, most notably with pricing but in the end, a good time was had by everyone who went.
This year they are back and have learned from their mistakes in the pricing department. It's now the International Craft Brews and Food Fair. They are concentrating more on the fair/expo than last year and essentially have organised a rather large beer and food festival.
Apparently there are over 50 craft breweries from around the world going to be represented, although in the press release, they only list 31 as below. I would say that more will add their name and indeed probably have since the press release two days ago.
Trouble Brewing - Ireland
Mountain Man Brewing - Ireland
Rascals Brewing - Ireland
Blacks of Kinsale - Ireland
Redwell - UK
Independent Brewing - Ireland
Birra e Blues - Spain
Carlow Brewing Company - Ireland
Rye River Brewery - Ireland
- United States
White gypsy - Ireland
Independent craft brewers of Ireland - Ireland
Galway Hooker - Ireland
Coisbo Beer - Denmark
Windsor and Eton Brewery - UK
Dingle Distillery/ Porterhouse - Ireland
Irish Whiskey Museum - Ireland
Franciscan Well - Ireland
Black Paw - UK
Stone Barrel - Ireland
Porterhouse (Grand Cru) - Ireland
Welsh Beer Alliance (Group) - Wales
There will also be about 17 food vendors listed below:
Ed Hick Butchers
Man of Aran Fudge
Wrights of Howth
Little Milk Company
De Mad Food Company
As well as the beer and food, there are sensory lounges where tastings and pairings will take place.
There's also the conference part itself on the Thursday and Friday. I'll be talking at 10 am for the pub series about Craft Beer and pubs. You can still register for the conference if you are interested. Last year was very informative as well as lots of fun.
Keep an eye on the blog as I might have a competition for some tickets.