Join us on the road to tour some of the finest breweries in Ireland. The five-day event will include workshops, tours, fine food and beer tastings of some of the best Irish beers available, along with some of the rarest exports you’ll find this side of the Atlantic. This is one for the craft-beer loving foodies.
The tour will begin in Belfast with a beer and food pairing evening in the rustic setting of Chef of the Year Tony O'Neill’s restaurant The Barking Dog. Each of the four courses will be paired with two carefully considered tastings of craft beer chosen specifically for the meal.
"The burger here is honestly the greatest thing you'll ever eat in your life." - Andy McMillan
After the meal we’ll make our way to the Cathedral Quarter to have a few pre-trip drinks at the best-stocked craft beer pub in the town, The Hudson Bar.
With our stomachs lined with a hearty Irish breakfast we will set-off from Belfast on the Brewbot Bus, travelling towards a recent addition to the Northern Irish microbrewery scene Poker Tree Brewery for a tour of the brewery.
Lunch will be served in this year’s award-winning gastropub, The Brewer's House —an 18th century hostelry and one of the oldest pubs in Ulster— where we’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look at another of Tyrone’s breweries, the Red Hand Brewing Company.
Next stop: Galway. After some sightseeing and leg-stretching we will sit down that evening to a beer-paired dinner in The Oslo, hosted by Galway Bay Brewery’s head brewer Chris Treanor.
On our second day in Galway we will be touring Galway Bay Brewery with Chris who will give us some insight into the brewery which is currently offering the most exciting beers in the country.
After lunch we will enjoy a meet-the-brewer with Sarah Roarty, beer sommelier and founder of N17—a brewery that squeezes every last drop out of the brewing process to create mushrooms, dog biscuits and even fish farming products.
We’ll wind the evening down with a relaxed atmosphere in one of the many pubs in Galway City to catch some traditional music by an open fire. We’ll have, what the locals call, the craic.
We’ll be boarding the Brewbot Bus again to travel east towards Dublin. We will be foregoing St. James's Gate in order to visit Cathal O'Donoghue and Emma Devlin at Dublin’s newest craft brewery Rascals Brewing Company where we’ll be tasting their award-winning Ginger Porter.
After lunch we will be hopping (get it?) on a bus again but this time it will be the Dublin Open Top Bus Tour which has 25 stops, covering all the city’s highlights including Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle.
Exploring the city is hungry work so for dinner we will be sitting down in L Mulligan Grocers. After we have eaten we will be going on a guided craft beer tour of Dublin.
On our final day we’ll be returning to Belfast to carry out a brew with our favourite brewing appliance, Brewbot. You’ll be among the first to see a brew take place while Matthew, our brewer, discusses the process and gives an insight into the differences in ingredients, styles, and methods. This is an opportunity to put everything you’ve learnt into practice!