The Cask Ales and Extraordinary Brew Festival will be the first festival held in the 20th year celebration for the Franciscan Well from 25th-27th of January.
Featuring a range of special brews using curious and interesting ingredients, the festival will showcase the growing experimentation of Irish brewers and their ability to challenge the norms of brewing.
‘We opened our doors 20 years ago with the first batch of beer, Friar Weisse, being brewed in November. It’s as exciting now as it was 20 years ago. Says Shane Long, founder of the Franciscan Well.
Yellow Belly, Rising Suns, Metalman and West Cork Brewing are just some of the brewers at the festival and will compete in the Beoir Cask Competition to see who can come up with the most extraordinary beer under categories: Best lager, best "pale', best stout and best speciality. Judged by The national Beer enthusiasts club, winners will be announced on the Saturday of the festival.
As well as sampling the brews, those attending will have the opportunity to attend talks and demonstrations which will include sessions such as How To Judge Beer, How to Cask Beer, Cooperage and much more. There will also be a number of participating brewers who will take part in a 'Meet the Brewer' Q&A section ‘The talks & demos are a welcome addition to the cask festival, it is fitting to showcase the 20 years of knowledge the staff here in the Franciscan Well have ’ Says Kate Clancy, Marketing Manager of the Franciscan Well.
The Franciscan Well will be running a series of different events throughout 2018 in celebration of their doors being opened for 20 years. For up to date information on events follow: https://www.facebook.com/FranciscanWellBrewPub/
The festival will open from 5pm on Thursday the 25th & from 1pm on the 26th & 27th. Admission is free.