A number of new features and events are set to take place at the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair, which will open on Thursday 8th March and run until Saturday 10th March 2018.
The annual gathering of craft brewers and distillers is the biggest of its kind in the country and is now in its sixth year, and will once again take place at the Convention Centre Dublin.
This year’s event will host more than 50 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations and trends and a new Distillers Quarter, capturing the growing interest in craft spirits and cocktails. The area will offer a cosy lounge feel where visitors will have the opportunity to sample from dozens of cocktails and mixers, some of which will have been developed specially for the event.
Several new Irish drinks companies have been confirmed for the show, including Kinsale Mead Company, Ireland’s first producer of Mead in decades; Ha’Penny Gin, who will introduce a new Rhubarb Gin at the event; Beara Distillery; and two new craft breweries - Ballykilcavan Brewing Company and Larkins Brewing Company, both of which who launched their first beers in recent months.
The new producers will sit alongside dozens of other established distilleries and breweries, and between them it is expected over 400 beers will be on offer.
Attendees will also be entertained by live music on the main stage, live Six Nations Rugby on three big screens and a range of food stalls will be on site all three days.
On the opening night of the Fair, the winners of the Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Cup competitions will be announced by Head Judge, Brewmaster, Gearóid Cahill. The competition, which allows craft brewers and cider-makers to have their brews rated, tasted and analysed by an expert, international panel of judges, is currently open for entries.
The fair will also host the sixth installment of the popular Brewers Lectures, a series of live events from industry magazine the Brewers Journal. The half day event will feature lectures, delivered by six expert speakers.