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Alltech’s International Craft Brews and Food Fair Awards the Dublin Craft Beer Cup to Danish Brewery

Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech with Dr. Inge Russel presenting the Dublin Craft Beer Cup 2014 to winners Coisbo Brewery

[Dunboyne, Ireland.] – The 2nd annual Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair, Ireland’s largest craft beer festival, closed its doors today in Dublin’s Convention Centre with a record number of visitors tasting some of the finest craft beers from around the world.

Doors opened to the public for the official after-work party on Thursday evening with more than 1,000 beer lovers enjoying the brews of more than 45 brewers representing more than 150 craft beers and delicacies from 17 Irish artisan food producers. The Fair welcomed the trade on Thursday February 6 for two days of conference targeted at brewers, publicans and beer enthusiasts covering all aspects of brewing from flavours and yeast selection, to pairing the final product.

Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech stated “we will return in 2015 as it is clear from the huge crowds that gathered here over the last few days that there is excitement brewing in the industry and a rising tide will raise all boats. We expect great things in the future and we are delighted with the range, quality and styles of craft beer exhibiting alongside us this year.

The Fair is designed to gather brewers from all levels across the world, in Dublin, to master their craft and network with each other.”

The king of the craft brews, Coisbo, a Danish family run craft brewery received the top award at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup, beating more than 275 other entries to earn the prestigious prize. According to head judge Dr. Inge Russell, editor of the Journal of the Institute of Brewing, “Coisbo’s Russian Imperial Stout deserved to win due to the marvellously balanced aroma, full body and its rich taste”. The master brewer Anders Coisbo was presented with the Dublin Craft Beer Cup by Dr. Inge Russell and Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech. Winner of the 2013 Dublin Craft Beer Cup, Owen Scullion from Hilden Brewing Company, was on hand to coffer his congratulations. The winner was announced along with 125 other gold, silver and bronze medal winners from all over the world.

Friday and Saturday exceeded expectations with more than 5000 people passing through the doors of the Expo. The selection of beers from breweries around the world delighted attendees who sampled brews from brewers including Carlow Brewing, Espiga, Hardknott, Coisbo, Redwell, Mountain Man, N17 and Blacks of Kinsale. Paired with these fantastic beers were cheeses from Sheridans Cheesemongers, smoked salmon from Burren Smokehouse, crisps from Keogh’s and breads from the Bretzel Bakery.

In the centre of the Expo was the Kentucky Tavern, dispensing Alltech’s range of beers and spirits to thirsty guests. Brews included Kentucky® IPA, Kentucky® Bourbon Barrel Stout and the flagship Kentucky® Bourbon Barrel Ale. A sensory lounge allowed experienced brewers, home brewers and beer and spirit enthusiasts to taste whiskey, bourbon and beers to learn more about how to taste and the impact of different ingredients on flavour profiles.

For those interested in starting a brewery, insight was provided by Alltech president and founder Dr. Pearse Lyons who told his own inspiring story about his beginnings in brewing and distilling. He encouraged people to be brave and take chances in this incredible industry, noting the incredible potential for job creation. The Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair will return to Dublin in 2015.