Mourne Mountains Brewery Shines at International Craft Beer Awards

Brewery’s East Coast IPA only NI beer to be honoured at Dublin Craft Beer Cup

One of Northern Ireland’s newest craft brewers, Mourne Mountains Brewery, has been honoured at the 2016 Alltech Dublin Craft Beer Cup with a prestigious silver medal for their East Coast IPA.

Now in their fourth year, the awards showcase the finest quality craft beers from across the world, and medals are decided by a panel of expert international judges who assess each brew on its appearance, aroma, flavour, body, style and quality.

This year more than 150 breweries were commended for their efforts, but Mourne Brewery’s East Coast IPA was the only Northern Irish brew to be recognised.

Connaire McGreevy, Founder of Mourne Mountains Brewery said: “As a microbrewer, it is always satisfying to win any award for your beer, but for such an experienced panel to present our East Coast IPA with silver medal is a real honour, especially when you consider how many other great beers were up for consideration.

‘We’re still only in our first year as a brewery, so to receive this accolade already is a great boost and hopefully the first of many more to come.

“Credit has to go to our Master Brewer Tom Ray, who has worked tirelessly to perfect the recipes for all of our brews, and a little bit of credit must also go to the Mourne Mountains themselves, as all of the water that goes into our beers is taken straight from the Spelga Dam.

“It’s beautifully soft and perfect for brewing, making it one of the unique characteristics of our brewery and something we believe to be a key part of our success.”

Alongside East Coast IPA, Mourne Mountains Brewery’s range also includes Red Trail, which is a red IPA, Mourne Gold, a golden ale, Big Rock, a German style wheat beer and Mourne Mist pilsner, while they also have a number of seasonal specials in the pipeline for 2016.

“Our beers are now stocked in more than 70 bars, restaurants and off licenses across Northern Ireland, and we’re working hard to expand this in the coming months. It’s an exciting time and we have a lot in store for this year, from limited edition brews to special events, so watch this space.”

Head Judge Dr. Gearóid Cahill, a Brewmaster with almost 20 years’ experience commented: “The standard of craft brewing in Ireland and internationally is rising all the time. There is great interest among brewers in achieving independent expert recognition for their beers. The Dublin Craft Cup and medals awarded to brewers are a fantastic accolade from independent, experienced beer judges and showcase the finest quality craft beers.”
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