Carlow Brewery among stellar line up at Ireland's largest craft brews gathering

The fair is a three-day celebration of Ireland's craft brews industry

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At the launch of the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair 2019 on Tuesday, Carlow Brewing Co. from Bagenalstown were announced as an exhibitor for Ireland's largest craft drinks gathering which returns to the Convention Centre Dublin from  March 14-16.

Showcasing over 300 craft beers, spirits and ciders from Ireland’s leading drinks producers, the fair is a three-day celebration of Ireland’s craft brews industry.

Carlow Brewing Co. (aka O’Hara’s brewing Co), is an Irish family-owned business and they have been a pioneer of the craft brewing industry since their establishment in 1996.

Situated in the ‘barrow valley’ region, in Carlow, this area has strong heritage links to the brewing industry as it boasts arable land and limestone-enriched ‘hard’ water which results in the ideal conditions for brewing Irish stouts and ales, hence the tradition of growing malt and hops in this region. 

In 2015, O’Hara’s launched their Fallen Apple cider to great success and since then they have further expanded into this area, acquiring Craigie’s cider in 2015.

In 2017, they also invested internationally, investing in Hijos de Rivera, an independent family-run beer company in Spain.

They launched Urban brewing, Dublin’s premium craft brewery bar and restaurant in 2017 in CHQ. 

The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair joins the St Patrick’s Festival 2019 as a featured event, and there will be great entertainment each day, with live music, a games area including foosball, air hockey and pool tables and Six Nations Rugby on three of the largest screens in Dublin.

The Distiller’s Quarter returns for 2019 due to popular demand, and will feature a range of Irish and International liquors and spirits;  The Pearse Lyons Distillery will also host whiskey masterclasses over the three days, and new this year is the addition of a Food Quarter which will feature a delicious range of savoury and sweet offerings from Pieman, J2 Sushi, Smokin’ Bones, Mr. Muffin Man, Barry John’s Sausages, Cornude Artisan Popcorn, Sheskin Smoked Salmon, Kono Pizza Ireland, and The Rolling Donut.

Exhibitors will include many well-known craft brands such as Rye River Brewing Company, Galway Hooker, BrewDog, Rascals Brewing Company, Boyne Brewhouse, MacIvors Cider, Blacks of Kinsale, West Cork Distillers, Kinnegar Brewing, Carrig Brewing, Foxes Rock, Carlow Brewing Company, Porterhouse Brewing Company, Hope Beer, Dundalk Bay Brewery, Bridewell Brewery and Pearse Lyons Distillery alongside a number of new and emerging businesses such as Gaslamp Distillery, Priory Brewing, Persistence Brewing, Hopfully Brewing, Alska Cider, Loudons Brewing, Mil Gin, Ha’penny Gin, Legacy Cider, Lough Gill Brewery,  Ballykilcavan Brewery, Kildare Brewing Company, Dead Centre Brewing and Wicklow Brewing Company.

For further information and to book your tickets visit www.alltechbrews.ie or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #AlltechBrews.