Rascals Brewing Company attending Craft Beer Rising with Geterbrewed

We have teamed up with Crisp Malt to bring a flavour of the Irish Craft Beer Scene to London for the 2019 Craft Beer Rising, honestly get tickets this is an awesome festival

So we have 6 key customers attending and we will be pouring their beers all weekend including some special collaborations between the Irish brewers

Rascals Brewing Company

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Self confessed off centre brewers, always adding the Rascals twist. A kick ass core range, evolving specials, barrel aged beers, its been an adventure sampling their beers

Founded in 2014 by Emma Devlin & Cathal Donoghue, brewing an exciting range of modern Irish Craft Beer.

The new Rascals HQ is a must see, based in Inchicore, Dublin City, the new brewhouse now has an In House Tap Room and Pizzeria.

Emma & Cathal have been very driven and the new investment see them become a major player in the Irish Craft Beer Scene. Again with a lot of our brewery customers, they have an award winning home brewing background.

Great work ethic and a talented team sees their vision of a true city brewery unfold.

These guys have a bright future, join us at CBR and sample some of their awesome beers with us.

https://www.craftbeerrising.co.uk/

The Belfast Craft Beer Festival 2018

This year well…. to summarise the weather saved the day, the sun was shining, the queues got longer and the breweries well they sold out….yes I said sold out!!

Belfast beer festival Geterbrewed

I have to say i’m pleasantly surprised by this and feel had the sun not of been shining i’m not so sure the organisers would have been back for another year.

This is the third year the event has run at Custom House Square Belfast and we had a stand at the event with our own brewery Hillstown Brewery and one of our brewers has started to cuckoo brew with us, so he brought 11 new beers under his Barrahooley brand. I’m kinda proud of what Sam achieved as he worked his nuts off on the run up to the event brewing specials for the Belfast beer crowd and they flew out all weekend. He gave up a corporate job to follow his passion in brewing.

Highlights for me were the Juniper Gin Gose from Lough Gill Brewery, the NEIPA 5 from Rascals plus Boyne Brewery & Barrahooleys Imperial Stout Offerings. I’m not a massive cider fan but I was really impressed with Mckeevers Rhubarb & Honey Cider.

My guys did a blueberry sour for Hillstown Brewery and we showed off the NEIPA we brewed with the Porterhouse brewery called Hazy Border, this was brewed during our brewing seminar and I was super pleased with the feedback.

A mention to Samuels Brewery also as I spoke to Gary, he left a job working for Tennents to try his hand at launching a brewery In Northern Ireland, this is some undertaking to be fair to him, he is contract brewing at Knockout brewery and whilst he isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel he wants to try his hand at offering beers with actual flavour here so fair play, he’s driven and I hope to see more of this happening

I enjoyed the craic on the friday night and have to say the music was cracking the food was great & the crowd was really enjoying the atmosphere so I drank a little too much on the friday and decided to work the saturday night but still had a laugh and it was great to put some faces to the names we often interact with on social channels.

Next year is booked and with the lift in the marketing and promotion this year and the success of this years event i’m sure next years will be bigger and better.

We need more support for the local craft beer scene, sadly only about 2% of beer consumption is craft beer in Northern Ireland and we need to get away from the Macro strong hold on draft beer to help the local Micro breweries grow, so if you see a beer festival promoting local craft beers go along and show the guys some support.

I have an understanding of what it takes and believe me when I say it they need your support to survive.

 

Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair Review | Beer Festivals

Geterbrewed attended the festival on Friday the 09th of March 2018 and as the first time we had been at this festival we weren’t sure what to expect. With the sheer size of the Alltech brand it had the potential to somewhat overwhelm the smaller craft breweries but I was pleasantly surprised. Because we were at the Brewers Journal Lectures upstairs before the event kicked off we got the opportunity to have a nosey before the event kicked off and stayed on the evening to enjoy a few beers

Alltech Beer Festival 2018

The Venue

Amazing building and very modern and bang in the centre of Dublin, a huge glass fronted building overlooking the River Liffey at Spencer Dock, 50 exhibitors laid out well with room to comfortably navigate the area. The Stage was at the back of the main arena and perfectly set up for Live Entertainment, food stands lay to the side of the stage.

The main arena was really well spaced out with seating in various areas and games, air hockey, pool etc, three giant screens and with the rugby on over the weekend what a great spot to enjoy it . Nice lighting set up and a very comfortable venue on the whole

The Breweries

A good variety of breweries in attendance, from small set ups to the largest. I think it was 30+ breweries in attendance and a range of cider and spirits on offer also. I didn’t get to speak to everyone I wanted to but that happens at every festival

We were very proud to see Priory Brewing pick up two Gold Medals as we installed their Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment Set Up .

Alot of our customers had won awards and that is down to there brewers creativity and passion for the industry, we hope the quality of our brewing ingredients help them to acheive that

Rascals Brewery Dublin

I liked Rascals stand the best , their presentation was first class and i’m disappointed I forgot to get myself a t shirt before leaving, I always like a bit of craft beer merch at a festival. Make sure and try their Strawberry Vanilla Shake too, I was impressed with it

Boyne Brewhouse had a delicious Raspberry Sour on tap which was brewed with the new lallemand freeze dried bacteria ‘ Wildbrew Sourpitch’ I sampled it with a few others brewers and laughed as one said ‘it doesnt even taste like beer’ It was beautifully juicy and very creative. I was super pleased to see their stout winning a gold medal and big congratulations to them for their haul of awards

Boyne Brewhouse

Brehon Brewhouse had a cracking cask offering and as always we got the great Irish hospitality from their team, one of our guests loves their Crann Beatha Whiskey Aged Imperial Stout and managed to get some to take home

Brehon Brewhouse Crann Beatha

The Brewers

I love attending a beer festival and being able to talk to the brewers at the stand, not just because they buy brewing ingredients from us but its their passion, the techniques and the creativity that shine through and make towards the experience of the beer festival.

The Brewers were keen to encourage you to try samples and I like that as with over 400 beers on offer sometimes a sample is whats required… you know what i mean

The Food

I went for the Smokin Bones low and slow cooked Beef Brisket with Mustard, We had a heavy night on the Thursday and this was a very welcome bite to eat on the Friday afternoon and a really tasty snack. *No picture as it was eaten too quickly

As with many beer festivals I’d like to see a little more selection of food

The Entertainment

A cracking stage set up and to be honest I knew there was live music on in the background and the atmosphere had a nice feel, I was too busy talking to pay attention to the music… no shape shifting at this festival for me

I enjoyed this event hope you guys get a chance to aswell

Have a great weekend

The GEB Crew