With the Tall Ships Festival and the Electric Picnic behind us now, we’ve moved into September and the days get shorter and colder, if that’s possible. Still ahead of us though is an event we’re really excited about, with the All Ireland Craft Beerfest taking place this weekend.
We’ve always given good time to Irish microbreweries on the site, and even devoted one of our pub crawls to them in its entirety. We’ve also dug up some gems from the brewing history of the city, for example this advertisement for O’Connell’s Dublin Ale, no longer found on tap anywhere in the capital.
It’s a fairly shocking indictment of the Irish pub, that CAMRA (‘Campaign for Real Ale’), the leading craft beer lovers organisation in the UK, was actually established in a pub in County Kerry. Then, it was known as the Campaign for the Revitalisation of Ale. They’ve certainly enjoyed some success. A great history of the breweries of this city has been written by the Dublin Brewing Co., who note for example that:
A city that was once host to over 30 breweries was now reduced to one. Guinness was so dominant in Ireland, that when it started its first advertising campaign in England in 1929 it felt it was a complete waste of money to spend anything in Ireland. Consumers either drank its beer or gave up drinking.
In recent years there’s been a brilliant trend in Dublin which has seen the microbrewery and the craft beer pub both flourish. Not alone craft beer specific pubs like The Black Sheep and Against The Grain, but even pubs like the Bowes and the Cobblestone (two Come Here To Me favourites) have hugely diversified their taps.
We’re certainly popping into the RDS this weekend for the festival. Most of our favourite Irish brewers are on hand, including Trouble Brewing, Metalman and Dungarvin. The festival is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with more information on their site here.