Hagstravaganza, White Hag’s annual beer festival, has raised €2,100 for the North West Hospice this year.

The not for profit event has been in a position to turn a profit for the first time since its inception four years ago, and The White Hag team has chosen the charity to benefit from the proceeds.

Attended by over 1500 guests from around the world, the event has become a staple on the European and indeed global beer festival calendar. 2019 saw 23 breweries from 11 countries take part, pouring 94 unique beers for the first time in Ireland, and generating an estimated €300,000 for the local economy.

Since the event The White Hag has opened the brewery for a Halloween taproom event. The brewery will be open again on Saturday December 14th for a Christmas Taproom and brewery tour event.

Bob Coggins, Commercial Director at White Hag, said: “We’re thrilled to finally have our festival in a position where it can break even and give back to our local community. We have had a huge increase in support locally for the festival, from pubs and restaurants who participated, our local suppliers and customers, the Sligo Tourist Development Association and even Irish Rail. All of this has seen growth in the festival, a positive impact on local businesses, and now a contribution back to a very worthwhile cause that is close to many of us, North West Hospice.”

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