The White Hag Irish Brewing Company of Ballymote, Co. Sligo has announced it will host an International Brewery Festival on July 29th of this year. The brewery expects a 1000 capacity crowd to attend the event, with 85% of guests expected to come from outside Sligo.
Having won the inaugural Oliver Hughes Best Brewery in Ireland award from Beoir, the national craft beer organisation, the team at The White Hag decided to host a beer festival to celebrate. The event will coincide with the brewery's 3rd birthday and aims to become an annual event.
Beers Not Poured in Ireland is the theme for the event, which will see over 60 beers from around the world available for the first time to Irish craft beer fans. As part of the event, there will be 20 breweries from 10 countries pouring beers in Ireland for the first time.
Managing Director Paul Mullin said: "We’ve learned a lot and had some great success exporting our beers into Europe. Over the last two years, myself and our team have travelled to over 12 countries promoting and showcasing our beers. We have met some great people along the way and developed long lasting relationships with brewers in these markets. These relationships usually end up as collaborations for new beers, and this all feeds our constant desire to make great craft beer available to beer fans. The concept for this festival is simple - give craft beer fans the chance to taste the best new brews from around Europe.”
Some of the best food outlets from the Sligo Food Trail and the local Strandhill People's Market are going to be feeding the attendees. The event will also host the first Irish National Cornhole Championship, amongst many other attractions.
The first four breweries to be announced are:
- Stone Brewing (Berlin)
- BRLO Brewhouse (Berlin)
- 40ft Brewery (London)
- Oersoep (Netherlands)
[quote_box_center]For more information on how to purchase tickets, visit www.thewhitehag.com.[/quote_box_center]