The Doolin Craft Beer and Roots Festival

Revellers looking to squeeze the last drop of merriment from the summer festival season will have plenty of reason to flock to the North Clare village of Doolin for the sixth annual Doolin Craft Beer and Roots Festival over the last weekend in August.

The 2017 Doolin Craft Beer and Roots Festival will see thousands enjoy a perfect end-of-summer brew from many of Ireland’s best craft breweries, an eclectic mix of roots music as well as stunning Irish artisan food from the heart of the Burren.

The largest event of its kind outside of Dublin, the 2017 Doolin Craft Beer and Roots Festival, which has a marquee on the grounds of Hotel Doolin as its ‘HQ’, is ‘top of the hops’ when it comes to promoting new and established independent Irish breweries, allowing us one last opportunity to raise a toast to summer as we leave it in the rear mirror.

Over 50 different beers from the best micro-breweries in Ireland will be showcased at this year’s festival. Among the top breweries raising a glass of their finest are O’Haras, Metalman, Franciscan Well, Galway Hooker, Eight Degrees, Kinsale Pale Ale, Black Donkey, White Hag, Cons Irish Cider, Stonewell Cider, 9 White Deer, Rascal Brewing, JJ’s Craft Brewing, Yellowbelly, Hope Beer, Longueville House Cider, Wild Bat Beer, 12 Acres. Dooliner Beer, an Irish Red Ale that Clare’s own craft brewery, Western Herd, have brewed for Hotel Doolin, will also feature at the festival.

The live music line-up includes performances from a number of top Irish and international acts  including Kila, Jerry Fish, The Hot Sprockets, Corner Boy, Niall Toner & The Flying Colum, Erdini, Clare Sands Band, Musique en Route, Los Paddy de las Pompas, Randolf & The Crokers, Nick Africano, Big Muddy, Strap, Gone to the Dogs, Dj Will Softly, Dj Dodgy.

“The Doolin Craft Beer and Roots Festival taps into what is a growing and specialist market in Ireland and celebrates it in the way that Doolin does best – with music, food and, of course, by raising a few glasses,” said organiser Donal Minihane.

“Independent craft beers are becoming increasingly popular in Ireland and the amount of microbreweries is on the increase all the time. Our festival is an ideal opportunity for these business to showcase their products in one of the most scenic and fun settings in the entire country, a setting too that is renowned for its rich musical heritage.

“The festival has been a huge success over recent years, with its growth mirroring that of the industry.  The festival is also ideally timed for people who want one last blast of fun before they head into the dark evenings of the late autumn and winter. Doolin is the perfect place for that.”

The Doolin Craft Beer and Roots Festival takes place in Doolin, County Clare, on August 25th-27th.                           Day Tickets: €15-€20; Weekend Ticket: €30, available from www.tickets.ie

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