A TEMPLEMORE master brewer launched a new brand of beer on Monday, to coincide with the announcement of the inaugural Doolin Craft Beer Festival on 24-26 August 2012, the first festival of its kind to be held outside of Dublin.
Actors who play the bar staff at Fair City’s fictional McCoy’s Pub and Station Bar were on hand to launch the Festival and Dooliner Beer, an Irish Red Ale which master brewer Cuilan Loughnane (pictured) from Templemore, has brewed by special request for Fitzpatrick’s Bar at Hotel Doolin. Dooliner Beer also is available at the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point, Hotel Doolin’s sister property. Hotelier John Burke explained that the launch of Dooliner Beer provides an ideal platform for the Doolin Craft Beer Festival on 24-26 August 2012. “The event will showcase the best of Irish Craft Beers, featuring 15 different beers from the best micro-breweries in Ireland,” he said.
Mr. Burke continued: “Independent craft beers are becoming increasingly popular in Ireland and we have partnered with a company who have run this event successfully in Dublin. This is the first time a festival like this will be held outside of Dublin and is a great opportunity for Doolin. It is also a great fit for Doolin as the village is nationally and internationally renowned for its famous pubs and music. We hope that the event could become an annual event and that it becomes synonymous with Doolin in much the same way as the Oyster Festival in Clarinbridge.”
Donal Minihane, General Manager, Hotel Doolin, said it is hoped that the launch of Dooliner and the upcoming Craft Beer festival will promote awareness of independent breweries around the country.
Mr. Minihane noted that Hotel Doolin is a strong supporter of artisan food and drink producers as evidenced by the recent opening of the Doolin Pantry. He added: “As with the food we serve in our restaurant and bar we also feel that we should be supporting indigenous suppliers when it comes to beers and there is no shortage of quality there. We stock a large range of Irish Craft Beers in Fitzpatrick’s Bar and we have seen a great response from our customers particularly our foreign guests who want to sample local beers rather than beers they can get in their own country. Following on from this we developed our own beer ‘Dooliner Beer’, which has proved extremely popular with both locals and tourists alike. Nowadays, it’s not just about slapping a pint of lager up on the counter and walking off, customers want to know where the beer comes from, what’s in it, how it is made and the history behind it.”
The annual Doolin Craft Beer Festival will take place on the grounds of Hotel Doolin from 24-26 August 2012. Further information is available from www.hoteldoolin.ie or +353 65707411.