The Irish beer scene has been hit hard by Brexit and its impact on the craft beer market is felt across the country.
A report commissioned by the Irish Craft Brewers Association (ICABA) says the market in the country is “in a state of crisis” and its “health is at risk”.
The report’s author, Dan Hickey, says it’s time to tackle the problem head on, with the craft brewers’ biggest problem being the lack of access to quality local ingredients.
“We need a system that is fair and equitable, one that works for the small number of small breweries in Ireland and provides them with the opportunities they need to grow,” he said.
What is a microbrewery?
An artisan brewer in a micro brewery is a craft brewer who brews up to a limited number of beers each year.
There are currently more than 200 microbreweries in the UK, making them one of the fastest-growing craft brewers in Europe.
The craft brewing industry is booming in the US, with craft brewers making more than $1.3 billion last year.
The ICABA says there is a huge need for local craft beer in the region, but that’s not always easy.
“The microbrewer is a key part of our craft beer culture and we recognise that they play a vital role in the community in their home country,” said Dr Hickey.
The IPA is the UK’s national IPA and is brewed with a large amount of hops, malt and yeast.
“This unique blend of hops and malt gives the beer its distinctive taste and aroma,” Dr Higgs said.
“This is why it is an IPA, it’s a British-style beer, and that’s why we have the UK number one IPA in the world.”
The report also outlines the issues faced by brewers in Ireland.
“It is a very hard job in Ireland, a hard place to start in the craft industry,” Dr Higgins said.
It is estimated that in 2016 there were fewer than 1,000 small craft breweries in the entire country, and many of them were not owned by the industry themselves.
Dr Higgs says there needs to be greater involvement from the government to address the issues in the industry, and to provide more support to the small businesses who do make a living from the craft beers they sell.
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