Galway. Guinness. Harp. Porterhouse. These are some of the biggest names in the beer industry and they all have one thing in common; each of these brands came from Ireland. The same can be said for the majority of brands that you’ll find at your local liquor store. That’s because beer isn’t just a major Irish export — beer is a part of Ireland’s history, culture, and heritage.
The same goes for beer festivals; some of the biggest and best beer festivals are held in the Emerald Isle. Dublin, to be specific. And when we say “some”, we don’t just mean one or two events. Dozens of beer festivals are held in Dublin each and every year.
Trying to find the best events to go to can be a real headache. Today, we’re going to save you the trouble. We proudly present our choices for the top beer festivals in Dublin. We encourage you to store your extra luggage in a safe place before you visit any of these festivals. We’d also like to strongly urge you to drink responsibly and avoid driving under the influence at all times.
Dublin Beer Circus
Food, drinks, and music. That’s the Dublin Beer Circus’ motto. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of craft beers from brands like Porterhouse and Priory Brewing Co. There are also plenty of food stands and food trucks that serve pizza, hotdogs, burgers, and more.
Turns out that “Dublin Beer Circus” isn’t just a catchy name; this fantastic festival also has a slew of rides and family fun activities for kids of all ages. Children can even get in for free between 10 am and 3 pm. The party starts at 10 am, and the last call for drinks is at 10 pm.
Big Grill Beer Festival
Who doesn’t love a barbeque? Baby-back ribs. Grilled chicken. Smoked tri-tip steak. Just writing about it makes the mouth water! That’s why the Big Grill Beer Festival is a dream come true; they’ve got all kinds of delicious dishes on the grill, and they have a wide assortment of craft beers on tap. Guests can also rock out to live performances from local musicians.
Fidelity Beer Festival
This next beer fest has an awesome concept; bring 32 breweries to the Mansion House on Dawson street, then let guests come in and sample beers at their own pace. Whiplash and The Big Romance have teamed up to make this concept a reality. They’ve split this event into two sessions, one that starts at 11:30 and another that starts at 4:30. Each session offers different beers, different DJs, and their own unique kind of atmosphere.
Whiskey Live Dublin
Whiskey Live Dublin is one part conference, and one part wine-tasting event. No joke, there’s at least 50 different exhibitors attending this event. We’re talking about brands like Slane, Lambay, Jack Daniel’s, Hyde — a person could get carpal tunnel writing about all of them. Extremely long story short, Whiskey Live Dublin is a must experience event for beer connoisseurs. You should definitely stop by their website to buy your tickets ASAP.
Flavours of New Zealand
Flavours of New Zealand lets you sample some of the finest Kiwi around. This wine tasting event has more than 150 New Zealand wine brands on tap. Big names from the winemaking industry are going to attend this event as well. So, you can taste a wide selection of beverages and learn from master winemakers. And the price of admission is only €15 per person? That sounds like a great deal in our book.
Dublin Bay Prawn Festival
Dozens upon dozens of craft beers on tap, white wine tasting sessions, real-time cooking demos, and all the festival food you can eat? Oh yeah, sign us up for the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival! The folks behind this event tout the DBPF as the “supreme foodie experience”. If this were any other event, we might be skeptical. But the DBPF has great food, great drinks, and artists like Pharrell Williams!
Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair
The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair is easily one of the biggest beer festivals in town. More than 200 different beers and 60 breweries are showcased at this event. The first Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair was held in 2013, but this event has only become more popular over the years.
Taste of Dublin
Foodies and beer connoisseurs are both really going to love this event. Taste of Dublin brings the city’s best restaurants and most popular beer brands all in one place. Eight exquisite sessions are spread across Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There’s a lot to love about Taste of Dublin. Visit their website to learn more about this event.
Beatyard is quickly becoming one of the most popular music festivals in Dublin. Artists from all around the world grace the stage at Beatyard. But there’s another reason for this event’s success; Beatyard also serves dozens upon dozens of craft beers. Ice cold beverages and ice cold beats. Honestly, what more could you ask for?
Oktoberfest is an event that hardly needs an introduction. Most folks think that this beer festival is only held in Germany. Enter Oktoberfest Dublin. This even has all the food, drinks, and lederhosen you can handle! Visit their website to buy your tickets for Oktoberfest Dublin.
International Stout Oktoberfest Dublin
Last but not least, we have the International Stout Festival. This Bombastic beer fest is officially held by Guinness at their Dublin Storehouse. The festivities start Thursday morning and last all the way until Sunday night.
https://www.the-beatyard.com/ (WARNING: Loud music will automatically play when you visit this website.)
https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en/international-stout-festival (Same here, but this video can be paused.)