More than seventy exhibitors showcased their finest brews and food offerings to an eager crowd of more than 10,000 over the weekend at The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair.
The fourth annual Dublin Craft Beer Cup was awarded to Irish brewers Rye River for their McGargles Francis' Big Bangin IPA. Elsewhere, The Dublin Craft Cider Cup was awarded to fellow Irish company Orpens for their Fresh Pressed Apple Cider.
Other award-winning brewers and cider makers received gold, silver and bronze medals in various categories, judged on appearance, aroma, flavor, body, style and quality.
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Aside from the stiff competition, there was some fun to be had at the Fair as well. The Guinness World Record for the world’s largest beer tasting was smashed on the opening evening with Ireland now holding the record for the Largest Beer-Tasting with 729 people simultaneously tasting three beers. The record was previously held by Mexico with 714 participants.
“Breaking a Guinness World Records title and sharing it with fellow craft beer lovers was the perfect way to kick off the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair this weekend,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech.
According to Gearoid Cahill, European director of brewing science for Alltech, and the official beer sommelier for the record-breaking attempt, the craft brewing industry is thriving here in Ireland. “Craft beers, spirits and ciders have become a true talking point and are recognised and appreciated in Ireland and indeed the world over in the last number of years. Consumer excitement and passion for the craft beverage industry was displayed this weekend and truly has reached new heights here in Ireland.”
Live entertainment was provided by a range of talented Irish bands including The Camembert Quartet and Booka Brass Band. Attendees also enjoyed live Six Nations Rugby on three giant screens and a Craft Beer Grand Slam hosted by self confessed craft beer lover Rick O’Shea.
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