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Aglish brewery stages festival this weekend

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 9:42am

Story by Peter Gleeson
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Aglish brewery stages festival this weekend

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Aglish brewery stages festival this weekend

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A MICRO-BREWERY making craft beer at Fortmoy, Aglish, is opening its doors to the public this Saturday, August 11th, from 1pm to 8pm.

Five years ago four friends sat in an unused farm building and talked about the day they would be pouring their own farmhouse beer for friends,family and neighbours.

Two sets of brothers: Maurice and Michael Ruaidhri Deasy, and Mark and Dave Twohig, friends since childhood, have spent the intervening years perfecting their craft, showcasing their skills at beer festivals around the country and converting their building at Fortmoy into the brewery of their dreams.

On Saturday Canvas brewery on Fortmoy Farm will be displaying their craft. Novices to the craft beer phenomena sweeping across Ireland will have a chance to learn a little bit about the process and the techniques required to develop a craft beer.

Those familiar with this type of beer will have a chance to taste some of the most exciting beers coming to the market. Canvas is unique among Irish brewers as it is Ireland’s first wood fired brewery using the farm's own timber and water.

Maurice Deasy designed this special system and visitors will have a chance to see it in action, guided by the brewer himself.

"It has been a rollercoaster to get Canvas from plans to construction but it has all been worth it," says Maurice, whose family have a history of brewing as far back as the 19th century. "Our hope is that this will be an exciting resource for our local community and will have a knock-on effect on other businesses in the area."

After brewing and bottling their first beers, the four men behind the project felt it was time for a celebration, by opening their doors to let everyone see, taste and feel what they have created.

"We’d like you to join us in this celebration of craft, creativity and of course Farmhouse Beer," said Mr Deasy.

Canvas brewery has asked the very best of Irish Farmhouse Beers to join themk for this inaugural festival event, which promises to become an unmissable addition to the Irish bespoke festival calendar.

Patrons attending will have the opportunity to taste over 30 different beers featured from some of the top breweries in Irish Farmhouse Brewing including: Heaney Brewery, 12 Acres Brewery, Ballykilcavan Brewery and ourselves of course Canvas Brewery.

The Festival will include workshops in beer tasting, amazing food, as well as Q&A sessions with brewers.

Further information on the open day is available on Canvas website.

Tickets €16 on Evenbrite:canvasirishfarmhousebeerfestival


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