North West’s first craft beer festival this weekend in Ballyshannon

North West’s first craft beer festival this weekend in Ballyshannon
A new craft beer will be launched at the Wild Atlantic Craft Beer Festival in Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon this weekend.

A new craft beer will be launched at the Wild Atlantic Craft Beer Festival in Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon this weekend.

Two small craft breweries in neighbouring parishes, separated by the ancient thoroughfare of the River Erne, have come together to produce Ireland’s first cross border collaboration beer: North and South of the River.

Donegal Brewing Company (north of the Erne, in the `South’) and Inishmacsaint brewery, Co Fermanagh (south of the Erne, in the `North’) are both committed to the small scale production of great craft beer. Following in the footsteps of the monks who made the short trip from Inishmacsaint Island to Assaroe Abbey in Ballyshannon in days gone by, our brewers have produced a very modern beer in this most ancient of landscapes. Generous late additions of Cascade and Pallisade hops, followed by an equally liberal dry hopping regime, have produced a modern pale ale style beer with the emphasis on fresh hop aroma. Best drunk fresh!

With the Irish craft beer scene burgeoning both North and South, we hope this might be the first of many collaborations across the island reflecting the spirit of mutual assistance and friendship within the craft beer community.

The new brew will be launched August 1-3 at The Wild Atlantic Craft Beer Festival in Dicey Reilly’s award winning Bar & Off Licence in Ballyshannon, home of Donegal Brewing Co.

See www.wildatlanticcraftbeerfestival.com for more info.