Dear Old Donegal

By local artist Barry Britton
This coming weekend sees the sophomore edition of the Wild Atlantic Craft beer festival hosted at Dicey O'Reilly's in Ballyshannon, Donegal (home of Donegal Brewing). Last year's event was a roaring success by all accounts with a number of new beers launched and hoards of punters' thirsts satiated. This year should be no different with an expanded programme of meet the brewer events, fresh cooked curries and beers pouring from at least thirteen breweries* including seven beers from the hosts (a new mild amongst them!);  with plenty of other beers available in bottled format from the well-stocked Dicey's off-licence.

Alongside the beer is a packed schedule of live music with styles to suit all tastes and with the Folk Festival happening in town at the same time plenty to maintain your interest if beer isn't enough to drag you out of your living rooms (why not?!)

Crowds enjoying the sun last August
Local beer festivals like this are an area where there's massive potential for growth in Ireland, but particularly in these parts, where the beer event calendar is fairly thin on the ground (of course bolstered this year by the ABV fest in Belfast). If you have a licensed premises why not consider running an event of your own? By my reckoning there are at least 48 weekends to choose from!

If you fancy popping along to the festival doors open 7PM on Friday 31st July and from 2PM Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August. Kick out time is 2AM each day; so plenty of time to sample everything. You can also call in for a tour of the brewery to find out where the beer is made and drink it at source. Brewer Brendan looks forward to seeing you all!

Find out more:
(00353) 086 2836914

Friday 7pm: Beerhall Opens
7pm: The Beer Garden Folk/Trad. Session
10pm:  Night Time Trad/Folk Session

Saturday: 2pm: Beer Hall Opens
4pm: The Early Session
5pm: Chandpur Indian Food – Beerhall
5pm Meet The Brewer Session with
Richard from Black Donkey
7pm: The Tea Time Session
8pm: Meet the Brewer Session
with David from Northbound
11pm: The BIG Saturday Night
“Busy Fools”

Sunday: 2pm: Beerhall opens
5pm: Chandpur Indian Food – Beerhall
5pm: Lazy Afternoon Bluegrass Session
5pm: Meet the Brewer Session with
Gordy from Inismacsaint Brewery
 8pm: The Last Trad Hooley
10pm: Festival Farewell Gig

*Current beer list
Eight Degrees Nelson Saison
Eight Degrees Full Irish
Trouble Brewing Simcoe Smash
Saltaire Kola Black IPA
To oL Friends with benefits
Chimay White
Wicklow Wolf IPA
Black Donkey Sheep Stealer
Brooklyn Lager
Thornbridge Jaipur
Donegal Porter
Beavertown Neck Oil IPA
 Laguntias Pale Ale
Metalman Windjammer
Donegal Session IPA
Donegal Pale Ale
Donegal Atlantic Amber
Donegal Mild Ale
Donegal Blonde

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