The Wild Atlantic Craft Beer Festival, which takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal over the Bank Holiday weekend of August 1st, 2nd and 3rd, is also going to play host to the first cross border collaboration brew.
The unique cross border venture will see two micro breweries, north and south of the border, just 20kms apart, come together to launch their collaborative efforts in one tasty brew, aptly named “North and South of the river”.
The two breweries, Donegal Brewing Company and Inishmacsaint Brewing Company, are both small batch artisanal producers dedicated to quality over quantity.
Founded in 2009 by Gordon Fallis, Inishmacsaint Brewing Company is a small craft brewery located on a farm just outside the village of Derrygonnelly in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Gordon originally got involved in the business as a way to supplement his income from the family farm and initially supplied just one restaurant in Enniskillen.
His brews have continued to make headlines all over Northern Ireland and he has also featured on the BBC.
Organizer of this festival – the first of its kind in the north west – Ballyshannon publican Brendan O’Reilly set up the Donegal Brewing Company three years ago and has produced a number of special brews in recent years. Their latest offering, Atlantic Amber Ale and follows on from another special craft beer that was launched as a tribute to Ireland’s biggest surf festival, held in nearby Bundoran, at the end of June – Sea Sessions.
The festival also coincides with another local event, that has become synonymous with The north west- the 37th Ballyshannon Traditional and Folk Festival.