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Member’s Club

With great fanfare we declare our brewery member’s club open for 2019!

Following on from our tasting room redevelopment, the next phase is the launch of our Brewery Member’s Club which gives you discounts and access to events at our brewery and elsewhere, along with an invite to the official opening party on May 25th. Join our Member’s Club to become part of the gang here and share in our special events taking place in the brewery throughout the summer.

Included in Membership:

  • Welcome pack with brewery swag and merchandise, and a branded pint glass
  • Brewery Tour and Tasting for Six People. Bring your friends or come again and again!
  • Invite for you and a guest to our brewery open day event on May 25th
  • First Taste – invite to exclusive first pour events throughout Ireland
  • 10% discount code for purchases of any other brewery events or merchandise sales
  • Monthly newsletter update on brewery happenings and upcoming events

What you need to do:

It’s quite simple – fill in your details and let us take care of the rest! On purchase we’ll drop you a welcome email, then get your welcome pack posted out to you. You’ll be supplied with discount codes to book tours, events and merchandise either at the brewery or through our online shop and we’ll confirm your place at our open day event in May. Having received everything, it’s in your hands to book your six tour places at a date that suits you, and you’ll receive a monthly newsletter from us with details of upcoming events both at the brewery and around the country where you can get booking discount or an exclusive invite, depending on the the event.

If you’ve any queries drop us a line and we’ll do our best to answer them!

Nine Years Later

On April 9th 2010 we gathered in The Tannery for the launch of our brewery, followed up with a party for friends in Downey’s Bar in Dungarvan and first pours of our range. What a nine years that has been!

Cormac launching the brewery in Downey’s Bar, 9th April 2010

From an initial core range of three beers, we started adding seasonals beginning with our Coffee and Oatmeal Stout in 2011 and many one-off brews and festival specials. Nine years later our core range has grown to five, with regular seasonals and small batch releases. Added to this is our Greenway Pale Ale, released in 2018 and this year’s batch currently on release. Next to be added to the line up is an alcohol free beer, which is scheduled for release at the end of this month.

Hand bottling beers in the early days!
Hand bottling our 500,000th bottle

We’ve gone from hand bottling to semi automation, and seeing the craft brewing world grow from just seven microbreweries in Ireland when we started to upwards of seventy now. Our own brewery has changed and developed, along with the market and the Irish craft beer scene as a whole.

Easter Beer Festival 2010
Our first outing at Easterfest 2010. Sharing noobs corner with Trouble Brewing.

Making friends

Throughout our journey we have made so many new friends in the brewing and food world in Ireland and beyond. We’ve enjoyed festivals, tastings and collaborations, hosted tours and held long table dinners at the brewery, worked with many local producers and are proud members of Food The Waterford Way which promotes collaboration within the Waterford food and drinks scene. We are founder members of the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland, a group which has campaigned hard on behalf of the small breweries of Ireland as well as promoting Irish craft beer through Indie Beer Week and the Independent Irish Craft Beer symbol.

Ballymaloe Steak Sauce
Ballymaloe Steak Sauce made with Black Rock

What’s next

Since the start of this year we have been working hard on developing our tours side of the business. Alongside our brand new website, we’ve completely rebuilt our tasting room. As a result, we can now accommodate groups of up to 35 and plan on opening up a lot more to visitors this year. From an ad-hoc offering we now offer regularly scheduled tours throughout the summer, on Wednesdays and Fridays, and have plans to add more specialist events to our calendar. As well as continuing to produce great beers, we will be further developing this side of the business and are set to announce plans for our Members Club, which will be launched in the coming days.

Time for cake!

So thanks to everyone for being with us along the way, and we hope you join us in raising a glass for our ninth birthday – and come with us as we enter our next phase.

Cheers!

Greenway Beer

Celebrating the Waterford Greenway, we are delighted to announce the 2019 launch of our Greenway Waterford Pale Ale.

First launched in the summer of 2018 in collaboration with The Greenway Man, this refreshing beer has been generously hopped with Simcoe, Citra and Amarillo to give a lively citrus flavour which we think is the perfect restorative beer after a (long or short!) trek on our coastal route.

The Waterford Greenway opened in 2017 and is a 46km scenic coastal walking and cycling rail along the old railway line from Waterford to Dungarvan. Sandwiched between the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast, it hosts unparalleled views and wonderful features such as the Durrow Tunnel, Ballyvoile Viaduct and Mount Congreve Gardens.

In its two years, the Greenway has become an enormous attraction to the area, with both locals and visitors enjoying spending time walking or cycling sections of it. We wanted to celebrate this and were delighted when Garvan and Emmet approached us about doing something together. We all agreed that we wanted to develop a beer that would be refreshing and flavoursome, with a summery feel to it. The result was our Greenway Pale Ale, which after an initial batch had to be quickly restocked last summer. Following a brief winter hiatus, it is now back in full time production for the 2019 season, released in mid March and available throughout the county and further afield. So plan your trip with a bottle or pint to finish up with for this summer!

More details on this and all of our beers here.

Indie Beer Week

The second annual Indie Beer Week runs from 22nd June to 1st July – show your independent brewery some love, and meet the people behind your favourite brew.

IBW 2018
Indie Beer Week 2018

Indie Beer Week 2018 runs from 22nd June to 1st July and it’s the perfect time to swing by and explore your local independent brewery where real beer is made.

A week-long celebration of independent Irish brewing, Indie Beer Week 2018 sees local craft breweries all over the country opening their doors for tours, tastings and behind the scenes craic, while pubs, restaurants and off licenses will be celebrating the very best in local independent beers. With over 50 events scheduled all over the country, almost every county in Ireland has a day out to enjoy, fuelled by the Irish public’s love and appreciation for independent beer.

Ireland has a vibrant and exciting independent brewing scene, with interest from the public growing exponentially, year after year. Indie Beer Week capitalises on that interest, providing the opportunity to meet the people behind the beer, putting a face to the name of some of Ireland’s most interesting and innovative independent brews.

The week-long schedule of events by independent Irish breweries, which began with the inaugural Indie Beer Week last year, focuses on emphasising the very real and important connections Ireland’s brewers have with their local communities.

Last year during Indie Beer Week 27 breweries held 35 events in 18 counties with approximately 3,000 attendees. This year there are more than 30 participating breweries across the island of Ireland, with over 50 unique and intriguing events, and a hoped-for attendance of up to 10,000 guests at events which range from brewery tours, talks and tastings to beer house yoga, jazz and trad sessions, long table beer-matching dinners, scavenger hunts and much more.

Working closely with other local food producers, craftspeople, musicians and artists to showcase the independent spirit of their region, the independent Irish brewers participating in Indie Beer Week are all flying the flag for community and connection. As well as making great beer, many small independent breweries act as a hub for other local activities, providing not just economic stimulus in any given region, but also acting as cultural and social catalysts.

Here at Dungarvan Brewing Company we are celebrating by opening our doors once again to welcome chefs Shane McGrath and Paula Hannigan to present a long table dinner, celebrating our local producers with a Food the Waterford Way Local Producer’s Feast on Saturday 23rd June.  Shane joined us last year for our inaugural long table dinner and we are delighted to welcome him back with Paula to present a shared-dining feast.

On Saturday 30th June we will be hosting an open day at the brewery and will be welcoming visitors throughout the afternoon for music, tours and beers with some special guests. Pre registration will be necessary, and more details will follow.  If you are interested in attending please drop us a line to reserve your space.

Indie Beer Week is how the independent brewers of Ireland get to say thanks to the communities that support them, and we are also in the process of organising more events with some of our local stockists. We’ll be releasing details of these as they are finalised so keep an eye on our Events here and on our Facebook page.

 For a full calendar of all events nationally please see www.indiebeerweek.ie

Summer 2018 Events

During the summer of 2018 we will be busy with lots of events, both in the brewery and elsewhere and we’d be delighted to have you along to join us at some of them!

Currently in our calendar are the following:

Summer Series Tour and Tasting Sessions

From Friday 1st June we once again kick off our always popular Summer Series with a tour and tasting session lasting 90mins at the brewery. Learn about the brewing process, taste the ingredients and finish with a tutored tasting of a range of Dungarvan Brewing Company Beers.

Long Table Dining

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Long Table Dining event at the brewery, which was followed by a night of Middle Eastern dining in August, and a Mexican Feast at West Waterford Festival of Food, we are delighted to welcome back some of our friends from the best of the Irish food scene for another range of long table dining events.  These will kick off in June, as part of the Indie Beer Week celebrations, with a celebration of Waterford food as chefs Shane McGrath and Paula Hannigan present a feast of local produce, all paired with Dungarvan beers.

Tastings and Festivals

We will as ever be participating in lots of tasting and festivals over the summer – more details as we confirm things but first off we will be participating in the Meet the Makers event in Ardkeen Stores on Saturday 2nd June, 12-3pm.

Long Table Dinner

Photography by Pawel Lorenc, ‘I do’ Photography.

Last Friday we were delighted to host our first dining event at the brewery, a long table dinner in which we showcased West Waterford produce as part of the Waterford Way series of food events taking place throughout the summer.

Long Table Dinner
Table Setting for our Waterford Way dinner

Chef Shane McGrath of the Cliff House Hotel put together a showstopping six course tasting menu featuring delights such as Harty’s Oysters, Grantstown Tomatoes, Seagull Bakery breads, local lobster, halibut and monkfish, Ardmore carrots, Little Milk Company cheese, local strawberries and more.

Shane getting food ready for long table dinner
Chef Shane McGrath getting ready to serve

Guests were welcomed with a drink in our tasting room, before being brought through to the brewery which had been transformed for the evening into a fine dining space with white linen tablecloths contrasting with fermenters and brewkits.

Jen welcoming guests
Jen – An Bean A Leanna – welcomes guests
Pre Dinner Drinks
Pre dinner drinks in the Tasting Room
Dinner Table
Fine dining in an industrial unit – table waiting for guests.

The brewery had undergone a transformation, and as the sunlight left all the wonderful magical lighting touches brought to life the surroundings

Candles
Bottles repurposed into candle holders.

The menu for the Long Table Dinner showcased the best of the region, with many of the producers featured part of the newly launched Waterford Way food trail.  Using as many of these producers as possible, Shane put together a sumptuous menu which thrilled all the diners.  Each course was paired with a Dungarvan Brewing Company beer, with head brewer Cormac talking diners through the beers and the selection.

Menu
Each course was paired with a Dungarvan beer.
Menu
The menu showcased producers from the Waterford Way
Oysters
First course of Harty’s Oysters and Helvick Smoked Halibut, Potato and Dill Cake is served.
Diners
Convivial atmosphere, friends old and new.
Cheers
Flutes of Black Rock served with the first course

In all, it was a superb night and a long time goal of ours met here at the brewery. We look forward to doing it all again soon, and would like to extend a huge thanks to our diners who put their faith in us and came along to this crazy idea we had, to Shane for producing the most magnificent feast which absolutely astounded the guests, Jack for his assistance with Shane, Leeanne for creating the amazing atmosphere and serving on the night, all the local producers who got behind the event and provided ingredients and of course Pawel for coming along to photograph the night and giving us these amazing images.

See more of Pawel’s work at idophotographydungarvan.ie

Join us for our next dining event on Saturday 19th August, a middle eastern feast with our friends at Mezze.

Events July 2017

Quick update on what we’ll be up to for the rest of the month!

Our July dancecard is pretty full, and for the remaining days we have the following events lined up:

Events July 2017:

Friday 21st – Summer Series tour and tasting session

Thursday 27th – Dungarvan Show. Claire will be doing a talk and tasting session in the Waterford Way food tent at 12pm.

Friday 28th – Long Table Dinner at the brewery.

Brewer’s Select – Thai Wit

From the very beginning, our mission has always been to brew distinctive, quality beers. Through continued exploration and innovation we have decided to release a selected number of limited edition special brews.

Brewer’s Select Range

While we continue to brew our core range and seasonals on a day to day basis, the fun part is in trying out new recipes, playing around with flavours and tinkering with the pilot kit. Usually the results of these brews are released as one off casks or kegs, often coinciding with one festival or another.  Until now these one offs haven’t made their way into bottles, so we’ve decided to do something about that and roll out more one off, small batch releases.

Thai Wit

To kick things off, we’ve sent out a batch of what we’ve decided to call a Thai Wit. This is a classic wit beer, brewed with Irish wheat malt, Irish barley malt and Munich malt, which has been flavoured with some Thai-inspired ingredients, namely palm sugar, kaffir lime leaves, coriander, galangal, cardamom seeds and lemongrass.

Thai Wit Bottle

Tasting notes: This pours a dark golden colour, with the classic pillowy Wit head. The medium body has a chewy mix of dryness and sweetness, which is lifted by the freshness of the lime and lemongrass flavours, while the initial coriander and cardamom notes give way to a lingering heat.

Food Pairing: Obviously something Thai would work great with the flavours here, but this beer would stand up to more robust dishes and stronger flavoured meats. Try a Massaman curry (our favourite is from Little Thai Kitchen) with beef or duck, or alternatively move towards a beef stroganoff or hearty venison stew.

Cheese Pairing: Again, stronger flavours would work great here such as a good vintage cheddar which the maltiness of the beer works well with while the spice kick lifts the whole pairing.

Alcohol: 6.4% ABV

Hops: Challenger, Cascade

IBUs: 35

Allergens: Contains Barley and Wheat

Availability: On very limited bottle release from August 2016

Summer Series Brewery Tours 2016

Ah Summer! Ok, we’re not having the greatest one weather-wise here this year but at least there are some constants, like our Summer Series brewery tours and tasting sessions!

Summer Series 2016

Once again this year we are running tour and tasting sessions on Friday evenings, kicking things off at 5pm with a brewery tour and following this with a tasting of our beers and some food pairings. Sessions last approx. 90 minutes and are a relaxed, fun session and a great way to kick off the weekend.

For an idea of what to expect on our Summer Series, have a read about Billy Lyon’s visit with us in 2014 on his blog corkbilly.com.

Contact us for more info, dates available and to book your spot on one of our Friday evening sessions, or book for yourself or someone else via our online shop.

Mine Head
Mine Head on a trip to the beach.

For visits to the brewery outside of these sessions please contact us in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you. Be advised that summer is a busy time for us with production and visitors so advance notice is required. We have more information about visiting the brewery on our Brewery Tours page.

Gluten Free Beer

We have been asked many times about brewing a gluten free beer, but up until recently we were not happy to do so, as it would mean either brewing with a gluten-free grain such as sourghum or chemically altering the beer, which is not something we are willing or happy to do.

Comeragh Challenger Irish Bitter - Gluten Free Beer
Gluten Free Comeragh Challenger

However, new brewing products have come available that can break down the gluten in the beer, and after a bit of trialling and experimentation our head brewer Cormac decided to make this year’s Comeragh Challenger gluten free.  Comeragh Challenger is our regular summer seasonal since it was first released in 2012 and is an always popular one.

gluten-free

After a few delays and hiccups along the way, the beer was brewed and bottles from each batch have been tested and certified – the results of the analysis are showing a gluten content of <10ppm (far below the threshold of <20ppm for a food to be considered Gluten Free).  All batches brewed this year so far have been tested, so any Comeragh Challenger currently on the market is gluten free. We released some of the bottles before receiving certification but you can rest assured that even if the bottle isn’t marked as such, all stock out there is certified. Cheers!

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