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Its May, suns out and Indie Beer Week is just around the corner. Yeah!

A celebration of independent Irish brewing in the four corners of Ireland, Indie Beer Week has been running for a number of years and is just the event to remind us all of the vibrant, innovative and indeed economically valuable sector that craft brewing is in Ireland today… like we needed an excuse!

Running Thur 23rd to Sun 26th May, this is a great opportunity to connect with what’s new and what’s happening at craft breweries and Independent Off Licences’ all over Ireland.

Here at Ardkeen Quality Food Store we love our craft beer and always have something crafty going on. We love the passion, the creativity and the independence that makes this industry so dynamic but most of all we like the taste. No longer satisfied with generic, bulk production beer, we want the small batch, hand crafted experience. That’s what you get with Craft and Irish Craft is up there with the best.

Ardkeen Quality Food Store has built up strong working relationships with our brewers and suppliers to ensure that we carry core ranges from some of the best breweries in Ireland with locals Matalman Brewing and Dungarvan Brewing, from the west Kinnegar Brewing and The White Hag, beasts from the east Wicklow Wolf and Drew Fox Brewing’s Cleverman, not to forget the provenance kings Ballykilcavan and 12 Acres Brewing in Laois. We will also have the new range of cans from Hope Beer Dublin and all at the keenest prices. These relationships also ensure that we have all the latest new release, seasonal, limited edition and of course the always in demand collaboration beers the moment they are available. 

To ensure these beers are kept in optimum conditions we have invested in a brand spanking new beer fridge which now makes craft browsing a dream. Friday afternoon we call in the brewers for producer tasting which are always fun and a great chance to connect first-hand with the stories behind the beer, the brewery and the passion that is an essential ingredient in this sector, and you thought it was just all about hops! If and when the brewers are all off doing hipster stuff we crack open a few beers ourselves on Friday afternoon so when we call it Craft Friday, we mean it.

Recent to the hazy summer evenings here at Ardkeen QFS we have the lads DJ Walsh and Eoin Tabb from the Snugcast Podcasts. Recording weekly podcasts from a snug near you these lads are gathering quite a following online with beer and eclectic chat. Never ones to rest, they are now recording a monthly Snugcast video at Ardkeen Off Licence where they look at a few beers that caught their eye each month with the Ardkeen Pick being one that caught ours. 

For the week that’s in it we are keeping the tasting table out and will be opening a few beers each afternoon so make sure you pop in to taste some great Irish beers. The old favourites and new will be getting a pour so lots of interesting styles and of course chat.

Thursday from 3 – 6:           Low or No with Julie
                                               A look at one of the biggest trends in beer at the moment. Low or no alcohol.

Friday 3 – 6:                         Beers with Steve. IPA deconstructed

Saturday 2 – 4:                     Beer, Banter, Craft, Caint
                                               Join bi lingual Snugcast lads DJ Walsh and Eoin Tabb for what they do best.
                                               Looking at beer north, south, east and west. Literally. 

There are tons of other great events happening locally and nationally so check out http://indiebeerweek.ie/ for the full list of events and follow them on Twitter @ÍndieirishBeer

We will be posting on all our Social Media platforms so keep an eye on Twitter @ArdkeenQFS Instagram @ardkeenqualityfoodstore and Facebook at Ardkeen Quality Food Store.

So let’s be havin’ ya for some for some good libations, vibrations and good old celebrations.

Cheers

Julie

  • Irish Craft Beer Selection 12 Bottle Hamper

    Irish Craft Beer Selection 12 Bottle Hamper

    We have a super range of craft beers here at Ardkeen. We have gathered some of our favourites to create this Irish Craft Brewery Selection. An ideal treat for yourself or a gift for the Craft Beer fan in your life. 

    This Hamper contains the following Irish Craft Beers...​

    • BALLYKILCAVAN BREWERY PALE ALE 500ML
    • COSTELLOS - THE RED 50CL
    • KINNEGAR RUSTBUCKET 50CL
    • HOPE BREWERY HANDSOME JACK IPA  6.6% 33C
    • MONT PILSNER LAGER 500ML
    • DUNGARVAN BLACK ROCK IRISH STOUT 500ML
    • EIGHT DEGREES HOWLING GALE 330ML
    • WICKLOW WOLF HOPPY IRISH RED 500ML
    • 12 ACRES RYE IPA 500ML
    • DUNGARVAN MINE HEAD PALE ALE 500ML
    • HOPE UNDERDOG LAGER 33CL
    • CLEVER MAN TURF SMOKED STOUT 50CL

    Our suppliers are small batch producers and occasionally the stock listed or shown in the photo may not be available, where this occurs we will substitute with items of similar quality and value. As this product is shipped in a presentation box, there is no need to include Gift Wrapping in your order.

    €44.95

  • Irish Craft Beer Selection 12 Double  Bottle Hamper

    Irish Craft Beer Selection 12 Double Bottle Hamper

    We have a super range of craft beers here at Ardkeen. We have gathered some of our favourites to create this Irish Craft Brewery Selection. An ideal treat for yourself or a gift for the Craft Beer fan in your life. 

    This Hamper contains the following Irish Craft Beers...​

    • BALLYKILCAVAN BREWERY PALE ALE 500ML
    • BALLYKILCAVAN BREWERY PALE ALE 500ML
    • COSTELLOS - THE RED 50CL
    • COSTELLOS - THE RED 50CL
    • KINNEGAR RUSTBUCKET 50CL
    • KINNEGAR RUSTBUCKET 50CL
    • HOPE BREWERY HANDSOME JACK IPA  6.6% 33C
    • HOPE BREWERY HANDSOME JACK IPA  6.6% 33C
    • MONT PILSNER LAGER 500ML
    • MONT PILSNER LAGER 500ML
    • DUNGARVAN BLACK ROCK IRISH STOUT 500ML
    • DUNGARVAN BLACK ROCK IRISH STOUT 500ML

    Our suppliers are small batch producers and occasionally the stock listed or shown in the photo may not be available, where this occurs we will substitute with items of similar quality and value. As this product is shipped in a presentation box, there is no need to include Gift Wrapping in your order.

    €44.95

  • Irish Craft Beer Selection 6 Bottle Hamper

    Irish Craft Beer Selection 6 Bottle Hamper

    We have a super range of craft beers here at Ardkeen. We have gathered some of our favourites to create this Irish Craft Brewery Selection. An ideal treat for yourself or a gift for the Craft Beer fan in your life. 

    This Hamper contains the following Irish Craft Beers...​

    • BALLYKILCAVAN BREWERY PALE ALE 500ML
    • COSTELLOS - THE RED 50CL
    • KINNEGAR RUSTBUCKET 50CL
    • HOPE BREWERY HANDSOME JACK IPA  6.6% 33C
    • MONT PILSNER LAGER 500ML
    • DUNGARVAN BLACK ROCK IRISH STOUT 500ML

    Our suppliers are small batch producers and occasionally the stock listed or shown in the photo may not be available, where this occurs we will substitute with items of similar quality and value. As this product is shipped in a presentation box, there is no need to include Gift Wrapping in your order.

    €24.95

  • Metalman Brewing Co American Style Pale Ale 330ml

    Metalman Brewing Co American Style Pale Ale 330ml

    This is our origional metalman pale ale, brewed with cascade and summit hops to deliver the flavour punch we like. Its not pasteurised or finely filtered, and you might find that its a bit hazy, we recommend you don't worry about it and get on enjoying the beer.

    €2.85 €2.50

  • Metalman Brewing Co Blaager 33cl

    Metalman Brewing Co Blaager 33cl

    We’re very proud of our blaas here in Waterford – a type of bread roll that is so particular to the area, it even has PCI status! So what better way to celebrate the humble blaa than to brew a beer with it? Say hello to Blaager!

    €2.85 €2.50

  • Metalman Brewing Company Calypso IPA 33cl

    Metalman Brewing Company Calypso IPA 33cl

    Juicy tropical IPA, with lots of melon and pineapple on the nose, a light malt character and a delicate bitterness on the finish. We call this one our South East IPA, because, you know, why not? Tastes dangerously like more, so kick back, relax and call for another one…

    €2.85 €2.50

  • Dungarvan Brewing Company Black Rock Irish Stout 500ml

    Dungarvan Brewing Company Black Rock Irish Stout 500ml

    A traditional dry Irish stout, full flavoured yet smooth. Roasted barley flavours are nicely complemented by notes of vanilla and aniseed. Enjoy with robust meat dishes or on its own from the shelf. Contains a yeast sediment. 

    €3.50 €3.00

  • Dungarvan Brewing Company Comeragh Challenger Session Pale Ale 500ml

    Dungarvan Brewing Company Comeragh Challenger Session Pale Ale 500ml

    Comeragh Challenger Gluten Free Ale

    An easy-drinking gluten free pale ale single-hopped with Challenger.

    Comeragh Challenger is a traditional English style pale ale, light and refreshing and at only 3.8% very easy drinking.

    One of our core range and certified Gluten Free since 2015, Comeragh Challenger is an English style pale ale or bitter hopped solely with Challenger, an English hop used in many traditional bitters. The malty profile and floral hops make for a delicate and understated ale, and at 3.8%, this is an easy-drinking beer that will be perfect for summer barbecue days!

    What’s in a name? The Comeragh mountains, dotted with coums and loughs, cover the centre of county Waterford and offer some of the greatest vistas and challenges to walkers, hikers and cyclists in the region.

    Tasting notes: An English-style pale ale which is brewed using the naturally occurring hard water of West Waterford and hopped solely with Challenger hops to produce a traditional bitter-style of beer. The malty profile and floral hops make for an elegant and understated ale.

    €3.50 €3.00

  • Dungarvan Brewing Company Copper Coast Irish Red Ale 500ml

    Dungarvan Brewing Company Copper Coast Irish Red Ale 500ml

    A flavoursome, fruity Irish red ale which uses crystal malt to give a caramel character that is balanced by a light dash of bittering hops. Perfect accompaniment to most meat and game dishes. Contains a yeast sediment.  

    €3.50 €3.00

  • Kinnegar Barrel Hunter American Pale Ale 440ml

    Kinnegar Barrel Hunter American Pale Ale 440ml

    Barrel Hunter American Pale Ale 5.5% Vol

    Barrel Hunter is a classic American Pale Ale brewed by participants of the 7th Kinnegar Brewing Academy. Its grist bill includes the Irish heritage barley variety "Hunter", revived by our friends at Minch Malt after 60 years in the wilderness. 

    €3.40

  • Kinnegar Bucket Brigade Red Rye IPA 440ML

    Kinnegar Bucket Brigade Red Rye IPA 440ML

    Bucket Brigade Red Rye IPA 6.5%vol

    Red Rye IPA - spicey rye malt meets new world hops and flavours

    Unfiltered and naturally carbonated.

    €3.59

  • Kinnegar Crossroads American Style IPA 500ml

    Kinnegar Crossroads American Style IPA 500ml

    CROSSROADS  American-Style IPA

    Rich in citrus and tropical fruit flavours with a touch of pine thrown in.
    Alc. 6.2% vol.

    €3.95 €3.25

  • Wicklow Wolf Brewing Co Arcadia Kolsch Style Lager 500ml

    Wicklow Wolf Brewing Co Arcadia Kolsch Style Lager 500ml

    Finely balanced with a subtle fruit & hop character. Subdued maltness throughout with a crisp finish. Refreshing. 

    €3.95

  • Wicklow Wolf Brewing Co Black Perle Porter 500ml

    Wicklow Wolf Brewing Co Black Perle Porter 500ml

    Floral and spice aromas. Dark Caramel, chocolate, coffee and toasted malt. Rich. 

    Wicklow, because that's where we opened our brewhouse. Wolf, because the last one in Ireland ranged freely across the Wicklow countryside, and because the hops we plant on our farm takes its name "Humulus Lupulus" from that wild and proud creature, craft beer because if it's made better it tastes better. 

    €3.95 €3.25

  • Wicklow Wolf Brewing Co Dry Hopped India Pale Ale IPA 500ml

    Wicklow Wolf Brewing Co Dry Hopped India Pale Ale IPA 500ml

    A powerful blend of Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade & Apollo hops with a touch of sweet caramel malt. Grapefruity with pine & citrus tones. Punchy. 

    Wicklow, because that's where we opened our brewhouse. Wolf, because the last one in Ireland ranged freely across the Wicklow countryside, and because the hops we plant on our farm takes its name "Humulus Lupulus" from that wild and proud creature, craft beer because if it's made better it tastes better. 

    €3.95 €3.25

  • Clever Man 12FT Under Amber Ale 500ml

    Clever Man 12FT Under Amber Ale 500ml

    A native of Liscannor, County Clare, clever engineer John P. Holland is widely regarded as the father of the modern submarine. Liquid genius…

    Brewed in Wexford.

    Aroma: The natural aroma of classical hop varieties, over a rich malt base.  

    Taste: Balanced with caramel, toasty biscuit malts and light fruity hops at the finish.

    €3.75 €3.25

  • Clever Man Atractor Beer 500ml

    Clever Man Atractor Beer 500ml

    Henry George “Harry” Ferguson was an Irish engineer who developed the modern tractor. Also, the first Irishman to build and fly his own airplane. Outstanding fieldwork….

    Brewed in Wexford.

    Uniquely refreshing Kolsch style craft beer.

    Aroma: Enjoy the unique aroma of our hop additions.

    Taste: A smooth light malt, thanks to our clever blend of special malts.

    While he and his brother shared a passion for aviation. They fell out over its future. Ferguson then decided to go it alone, and in 1911 founded a company selling cars and of course, tractors.

    €3.75

  • Clever Man Ejector Seat Turf Smoked Stout 500ml

    Clever Man Ejector Seat Turf Smoked Stout 500ml

    Memories of the Atlantic Coast of Ireland

    Taste: full-bodied with a depth of stout flavour and slightly dry finish.
    Aroma: the coffee-like aroma of roast barley with a wonderful hint of turf smoke.

    €3.75

  • Ballykilcavan Brewery Bin Bawn Pale Ale 500ml

    Ballykilcavan Brewery Bin Bawn Pale Ale 500ml

    100% of the Barley in our beer comes from our award winning farm in Co. Laois
    Named after the Bin Bawn Barley Field this pale ale's malty base is balanced by generous additions of bittering and citrus aroma hops.

    Our bottled beers are unfiltered and bottle continued.

    €3.75 €3.00

  • Ballykilcavan Brewery Brickyard Red Ale 500ml

    Ballykilcavan Brewery Brickyard Red Ale 500ml

    100% of the Barley in our beer comes from our award-winning farm in Co. Laois

    Brewed with our custom-made caramel malt, this Irish Red Ale has a rich malty base and a lingering earthiness from its fuggle and golding hops.

    Our bottled beers are unfiltered and bottle conditioned.

    €3.75

  • Ballykilcavan Brewery Long Meadow IPA 500ml

    Ballykilcavan Brewery Long Meadow IPA 500ml

    100% of the Barley in our beer comes from our award-winning farm in Co. Laois

    Named after a 300 year old field on our farm, this IPA is full of luscious tropical fruit flavours, supported by a strong malty base.

    Our bottled beers are unfiltered and bottle conditioned.

    €3.75 €3.00

  • 12 Acres Brewing Co. Farmer’s Tan Hoppy American Brown Ale 500ml

    12 Acres Brewing Co. Farmer’s Tan Hoppy American Brown Ale 500ml

    Farmer's Tan is a Hoppy American Brown Ale. A malt forward beer with carmel, light chocolate and nutty flavours balanced nicely with an earthy bitterness and subtle citrus flavours and aroma. By brewing with our own malted barley and spring water deep beneath the same land, we are creating unique craft Irish beers, with traceability from our ground to your glass.

    €3.75 €3.25

  • 12 Acres Brewing Co. Pale Ale 500ml

    12 Acres Brewing Co. Pale Ale 500ml

    12 Acres Pale Ale is a delicious refreshing dry hopped golden pale ale with a moderately sweet malt body, balanced with a burst of citrus hoppyness. Brewed with home-grown malted barley and spring water from deep beneath the same land, 12 Acres produce unique craft Irish beers which are traceable from their ground to your glass. 

    €3.75 €3.25

  • 12 Acres Brewing Co. Rye IPA 500ml

    12 Acres Brewing Co. Rye IPA 500ml

    12 Acres Rye India Pale Ale is a full flavoured ale with plenty of grapefruit & citrus hop bitterness and flavour with a nice spicy bite from the malted Rye.

    12 Acres Brewing Company is a new craft brewery located in Clonmore, Killeshin, Co. Laois. It has been set up by brothers Patrick, Ian, Barry & Rory McDonald on their family farm.

    “The 12 Acres field on our farm is where we have been growing malting barley for the brewing industry for generations. Now we are craft brewing our own beer and we’ve named it after one of the fields where the barley is grown”.

    €3.75 €3.25

  • Metalman Brewing Co. Equinox Refreshing Wheat Larger 333ml

    Metalman Brewing Co. Equinox Refreshing Wheat Larger 333ml

    Sunshine in a can! Equinox is a refreshing unfiltered wheat lager brewed with orange, lemon, and coriander. It’s not pasteurised or filtered, and like most wheat beers, will have a light haze to it. We recommend you don’t worry about it and get on with enjoying the beer.

    €2.85 €2.50

  • Dungarvan Brewing Company Greenway Waterford Pale Ale 500ml

    Dungarvan Brewing Company Greenway Waterford Pale Ale 500ml

    The Waterford Greenway 46km cycling and walking trail stretches from Dungarvan to Waterford along the old railway line taking in spectacular coastal vistas, viaducts, tunnels and the Comeragh mountains.

    To celebrate this scenic journey, Dungarvan Brewing Company have decided to join forces with Garvan Cummins, better known as The Greenway Man, to brew a beer that could easily be enjoyed both on and off the Greenway.  The result beer, our Greenway pale ale, is a bright and refreshing pale ale that is sure to quench your thirst after a long day’s adventure!

    Tasting notes: Refreshing citrus hoppiness gives way to a lasting bitter finish

    Hops: Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe

    €3.75

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