Featuring a range of special brews using curious and interesting ingredients, the festival will showcase the growing experimentation of Irish brewers and their ability to challenge the norms of brewing.
Coined as Real Ale in the UK, Cask Conditioned Ales are an unfiltered and unpasteurised beer conditioned and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. As well as sampling the brews, those attending will have the opportunity to find out more about the brewing process with a number of participating brewers taking part in a ‘Meet the Brewer’ Q&A section.
Franciscan Well founder, Shane Long explains,
“Cask is what beer used to be, it’s pure, there’s no added gas and is brewed the way nature intended. This festival is about brewers testing the boundaries without limits and we would like people to experience what has never been seen in Cork before.”
Yellow Belly, Rising Suns, Metalman and West Cork Brewing are just some of the brewers at the festival and will compete in the Beoir Cask Competition to see who can come up with the most extraordinary beer under categories: Best lager, best “pale’, best stout and best speciality. Judged by The national Beer enthusiasts club, winners will be announced on the Saturday of the festival.
Says, Noel Finn from the Franciscan Well,
“The festival is the first in the annual calendar and always one of the most enjoyable as it brings a range of beers from Irish breweries in cask, a somewhat unconventional form in Ireland, while also introducing some of the new experiments to show what to expect from the Irish brewing year to come.”
The festival kicks off on Thursday January 26 at 5pm and opens at the earlier time of 1pm on both Saturday 27 and Sunday 28. Admission is FREE.