Craft drink lovers encouraged to #AskForCraft all year round

Craft drink lovers encouraged to #AskForCraft all year round as sixth annual Alltech Brews Fair closes its doors

Organisers toast the memory of Alltech founder and friend, Dr. Pearse Lyons

 11th March 2018: As the doors closed on a hugely successful three days of craft beer, cider and spirits at the Convention Centre Dublin, exhibitors at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair encouraged attendees to #AskForCraft when purchasing drinks all year round. The event, featuring over 60 exhibitors showcasing the best of Ireland’s craft drinks industry, was attended by more than 5,000 people over the weekend.

On the opening night of the event, Gearoid Cahill, Head Judge, Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair toasted the memory of Founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons saying, We received some very sad news on opening night that our Founder and dear friend, Pearse Lyons, had passed away surrounded by his family. Pearse was an outstanding champion for craft brewing and distilling in Ireland and internationally. Alltech Brews was his brainchild six years ago and he attended every event up until this year, mingling with exhibitors and visitors alike. He was incredibly proud to see the fair continue to grow and loved to see new and innovative craft brewers and distillers emerge each year. It is now up to all of us to carry on his legacy into the future.”



The Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair celebrates the innovation, creativity and determination of the craft brewing and distilling sector. Ithas become the ‘go-to’ occasion for anyone with an interest in tasting, experimenting and meeting with the finest brewers and distillers from Ireland and overseas.  Attendees at the event were encouraged to continue to support the ambitious inventors of quality craft products year round and to always #AskForCraft when buying alcoholic beverages.

Dublin Craft Beer & Cider Cup
On the opening night of the event, the 2018 winners of the Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Cups were announced by Head Judge, Gearoid Cahill.  The overall beer winner went to M63 Bulldog from the Fűtőház Sörfőzde brewery from Hungary and the overall cider winner was Longueville Mór Cider from Longueville House in Cork. The Best in Ireland winner was awarded to the Boyne Brewhouse, Drogheda for their Imperial Stout.

Craft breweries and cideries from Ireland and overseas were invited to enter their brews into the sixth annual Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Cup competitions earlier this year. The contests allow craft brewers and cider makers to showcase their brews and have them rated, tasted and analysed by an expert, international panel of judges.

Alltech Brews 2019
Planning for Alltech Brews 2019 is already underway and dates for next year’s event will be announced in the coming weeks.

For further information visit or join the conversation on @AlltechBrews #AlltechBrews.


Gemma Smyth