The kegs are finally tapped. After three rousing days of celebrating craft beverages that drew record numbers of visitors, the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair at the Convention Centre Dublin wrapped Sunday to rave reviews. The beer fair, the largest in Ireland, boasted a staggering 500 craft beers to sample from 60 breweries; including many seasonal and special release brews. Delicacies from 11 of Ireland’s finest artisan food producers were also at the fair, as well as spirits from seven distillers and cider from five cider producers.
As craft beer has come to be recognized and appreciated more and more in Ireland in recent years, the excitement and passion for the diversity of taste has reached new heights. Alltech will also host Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest in Lexington, Ky, on May 16 as part of the Alltech REBELation, which will also include a brewing and distilling session.
Brewing is an entrepreneurial venture, with great potential for growth, noted Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech."We’ve been in this brewing and distilling business for a while now in the United States, and it’s so special for me to come back to my home country of Ireland, near where I started my career at Guinness, Harp Lager and Irish Distillers, and see today’s brewing and distilling entrepreneurs coming together at this wonderful event. We were wall-to-wall all weekend and it was spectacular to see the excitement for this industry."
Attendees not only packed out the space to sample food and beverage from top vendors from across the globe, but Sunday also brought live music from Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow as well as the Beer Grand Slam tasting event by Hector Ó hEochagáin, to warm up Irish and English fans before the Ireland vs. England Six Nations rugby match shown on the big screen.
In the center of the floor was the Kentucky Tavern, dispensing Alltechs range of beers and spirits to thirsty guests. Brews included the brewery’s seasonal brew, Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale, as well as the flagship Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.
Free educational seminars on brewing and distilling topics hosted by the Alltech Brewing & Distilling Academy on Saturday and Sunday were a hit, often filled to capacity with interested attendees learning about the growth of the craft brewing industry, the Kentucky bourbon boom, and the secret life of yeast.
The third annual Dublin Craft Beer Cup went to Coisbo Beer of Denmark, for its imperial Russian stout aged in sherry barrels. It was the second time the brewery had won the cup in two years, an impressive feat, particularly since 469 beers were entered from across the globe. The first annual Supreme Cider award went to McCashins Brewery of New Zealand for its Rochdale Three Berry Cider. View the full list of medal winners through this link: http://eu.alltechbrewsandfood.com/details/news/2015/02/coisbo-do-double-dublin-craft-beer-cup
The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair will return to Dublin in 2016. Catch up on all the fun and photos at @alltechbrews or #alltechbrews.
Founded in 1980 by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech improves the health and performance of people, animals and plants through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. With more than 3,500 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. For further information, visit http://www.alltech.com/