Following on from the huge success of their inaugural craft beer festival earlier this year, Yeast meets West is proud to announce another, Christmas-themed event for Mayo ale lovers. The Frosty Brew Fest will take place in the Barracks Bar in Ballina’s Military Quarter on Saturday 9th December from 1pm to 10pm in conjunction with The Frosty Salmon Festival Mistletoe Market and will feature four Connacht microbreweries, each bringing their own selection of ales, lagers and stouts.
Organisers Paul Martin and Nick Preston have lined up a range of local brewers, including Achill Brewery (Mayo), Reel Deel Brewery (Mayo), Black Donkey Brewing (Roscommon) and Lough Gill Brewery (Sligo). Also participating on the day will be the Connacht Whiskey Company, who will bring along their signature spirits – Conncullin Gin, Strawboys Vodka and Spade and Bushel whiskey. On hand to provide warming hot cocktails created using Connacht Whiskey products will be a team from The Broken Jug, Ballina, led by mixologist Padraig McNamara.
The Frosty Brew fest will also celebrate another novel local collaboration – that of Reel Deel Brewery and Connacht Whiskey. RECON is an in-demand, full-flavoured brown ale that has been stored in whiskey barrels from the distillery, giving it a unique soft whiskey flavour, and it will be available to taste on the day.
Paul Martin said: “After the success of our first event at Food Fleadh Ballina in September, we’re delighted to be holding a second celebration of local craft brews in the heart of Ballina. With four local companies participating, it’s a great opportunity for members of the public to come along and taste some unique local products just in time for Christmas.”
Nick Preston added: “We’re really looking forward to taking part in this year’s Mistletoe Market, which is one of the big Christmas events in Ballina’s Frosty Salmon Festival and hope it will add a new and enjoyable dimension to the event, as well as supporting and promoting our local independent producers.”
Over the course of the day, there will be music and entertainment in the Barracks Bar, with plenty of Christmas cheer promised. Brewers will be on hand to talk about all things brew-related, make recommendations and advise on the best foods with which to pair their brews.
To gain admission to the Frosty Brew Fest, patrons must purchase €10 in tokens, which are redeemable against all products. Only adults aged 18+ will be admitted on the day.
About the Breweries
Táirgí Acla Limited trading as Achill Island Brewery was formed in September 2014 by Malcolm and Dermot Cooney and Anthony and Daniel Keating. This private business has core family values and a strong community spirit. Achill Island Brewery is a bespoke new 16 barrel distribution brewery located in Bunacurry, Achill Island, Co Mayo.
Black Donkey Brewing, Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon
The lack of options in pubs in Ireland prompted Michaela Dillon and her husband Richard Siberry to set up Black Donkey Brewing in Ballinlough, bringing with them what they had learned from the US’s burgeoning craft brewing scene. Their recently launched beer ‘Sheep Stealer’ is now available in pubs in Dublin, Galway and Roscommon following well received tastings by a discerning craft beer audience.
Inspired by the richness and beauty of the local area, Reel Deel Brewery, whose name incorporates the Deel River in Crossmolina is a ‘Hoppin’ Mad’ microbrewery, run by Marcus Robinson that produces authentic craft beer. Try a delicious Irish Blond, a Jack the Lad or a General Humbert Ale in one of the many local pubs and restaurants, or enjoy it paired with a local dish.
The Lough Gill Brewery is the first brewery to be located in Sligo Town in over 100 years since Foley’s Brewery ceased brewing on the site of what is today the Velvet Rooms building. Located in the Heart of Sligo, Lough Gill Brewery strives to think outside the box and brew complex high quality speciality brews using traditional high quality and sometimes indigenous ingredients. They have a full line of year round beers as well as a number of seasonal and speciality series.