Alltech’s 2nd annual International Craft Brews and Food Fair welcomed over 6,000 visitors to Dublin’s Convention Centre last weekend, and organisers have confirmed the festival will return to Dublin in 2015.
More than 300 craft beers competed in the Dublin Craft Beer Cup, and Danish family-run craft brewery Coisbo took first place for its ‘Four’ Russian imperial stout. Attendees got the chance to sample brews from Carlow Brewing, Espiga, Mountain Man and Blacks of Kinsale, among others, as well as the opportunity to pair craft beers with cheeses from Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, smoked salmon from Burren Smokehouse and Keogh’s crisps.
“When I looked around the Fair I felt and sensed a craft brewing movement come to life in Dublin last weekend,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech. “The Fair was an exciting and spectacular success for us and we are delighted with the feedback from the visiting public. Consumers want taste and something different.
“There is a real sense of entrepreneurship in Ireland and in particular in the craft brewing industry. In the past people thought of Germany and America for craft beer but now Dublin, Ireland is on the map.”
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