Cheers as Cork BrewFest taps into 50 craft beers

Cork will become the beer capital of Europe for a weekend next month when no fewer than 50 craft beers will be served up to a mixture of locals and tourists gathered for the unique Irish occasion.

Denver is the place to be for beer this Saturday. Image by Quinn Dombrowski / CC BY-SA 2.0

Craft beer BrewFest in Cork during Easter week Image by Quinn Dombrowski / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Easter BrewFest takes place at the Old Thompson’s Bakery in MacCurtain St and runs from April 1-5, except for Good Friday when the sale of alcohol is prohibited in Ireland.

The veritable cornucopia of drinks will see the Republic’s second city tap into a wide range of up to 50 beers, stouts, ales, ciders, and wheat beers brewed locally. Daryl Cronin, the festival organiser said the occasion would give Cork breweries a real opportunity to showcase what they had brewed up in a fun and social environment.

Well-known brands like Murphys and Beamish stouts will be an intergral part of the festival but others like Eight Degree Brewing and Black of Kinsale Brewery as well as Stonewell Irish Craft Cider will put their produce up for consumption and hope to get the thumbs up from imbibers.

The Irish Examiner reports that a number of the city’s favourite street food vendors will also be operating on-site so that all appetites can be sated. The organiser said he expected a huge influx of visitors to Cork for the festival during Easter week.

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