The Original Craft Beer Festival Is Back

For the seventh year running, the Irish Craft Beer Festival returns to the RDS in Dublin from the 7th – 9th September 2017. The nation’s original and biggest craft beer event will host over 40 breweries boasting over 200 tipples to tantalise your taste buds.

In line with the five-fold growth figure in the Irish craft beer industry since the festival first opened its doors, organisers are once again predicting a record turn-out in attendees. Not only will attendees get to taste the nations trusted favourites as well as a record number of festival brews and spirits/cocktails – on show will also be over 15 American craft breweries participating via a collaboration with the American Brewers Association –  most of which are not available on the Irish isle to date! To top this off, the explosion in the Irish spirits and distilling market will be aptly reflected in the extensive cocktail offering from our Irish craft poitín makers and a number of gin, whiskey and vodka distillers!

This year’s festival promises to bring visitors an experience that is unrivalled throughout the country. It is the pinnacle of the year within the Irish craft beer and cider industries. For three days, each supplier sets up its own space within the venue and chats with consumers, enjoying discussions about the intricacies of each unique combination of flavours making every individual product stand out from the next.  Hot Press will return to run a number of panel discussions with brewers and distillers on issues topical in the industry, with Stuart Clark as MC.

This year’s producers include: 2 Sides Brewing, 8 Degrees, Arthurstown, Black Donkey, Bonac24, Boyne Brewhouse, Bridewell, Costelloes, Craigies, Dan Kelly’s, Dingle Distillery, Falling Apple, Galway Hooker, Irishtown, Kelly’s Mountain Brewing, Killarney Brewing, Long Meadow, Milcil Poitin, MOR, N17, O’Brother, O’Hara’s, Porterhouse, Priory Brewing, Scotts Cider, St. Patrick’s, Sullivan’s, The American Brewers Association, Toby’s Cider, Trouble, White Hag, Wicklow Brewery and Wicklow Wolf.

The festival also offers a selection of the capital city’s favourite food producers will be cooking up a storm including Jane Russell Sausages, Cillian the Pie Man, Dave’s Wood Fired Pizza to name but a few!

Festival vibes will take over the city until the late hours in the evening with an extensive live music and DJ line up – bringing the summer to a craic-filled closing.


For more information on the festival, log onto For enquiries about the festival or getting involved in the pre-festival promotion stage, please contact

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