Brewers taste success at prestigious Dublin festival
Northern Ireland firms have cleaned up at the Dublin Craft Beer and Dublin Craft Cider Festival.
The four Northern Ireland winners include the recently established Mourne Mountains craft brewery in Warrenpoint, Co Down, which won a silver medal in the main craft beer category.
Meanwhile, MacIvors in Portadown led the way for our cider makers, also with a silver medal. Long Meadow Cider from Loughgall, Co Armagh and Tempted? based in Lisburn, Co Antrim, won bronze medals.
The competition was the first major award for Mourne Mountains brewery. The company, founded last year by Connaire McGreevy and Tom Ray, master brewer, produces five beers using the waters of the Spelga Dam.
Connaire said: "Craft beer is something I've been passionate about for many years, and as a keen traveller I've visited craft breweries and bars all over the world and have seen how exciting the industry can be. I wanted to take that passion and my research to produce the finest artisan beers in the country and cater to the growing thirst for local brews."
Sponsored by Alltech, awards were presented in eight different categories of beer. Entrants in the Dublin Craft Beer Cup were judged on appearance, aroma, flavour, body, style and quality.
Head judge, master brewer Dr Gearoid Cahill, said the standard of craft brewing in Ireland is continually rising. "There is great interest among brewers in achieving independent expert recognition for their beers. The Dublin Craft Cup and medals awarded to brewers are a fantastic accolade from independent, experienced beer judges and showcase the finest quality craft beers.
"Cider makers are demonstrating their craft in increasing numbers."
The news comes as Dj's Juice and Tempted? Cider announces it has signed its first significant order in Britain. The company will supply its range of Tempted? cider to Wine Rack, a network of around 30 stores across Britain.