Irish craft beer toasted at US embassy in Dublin

Irish craft beer exports to the USA were valued at €58m last year
Irish craft beer exports to the USA were valued at €58m last year

The USA is Irish beer's second-biggest export market, after the United Kingdom. To mark this special relationship, representatives from Ireland's burgeoning craft beer industry were invited to demonstrate their capabilities at a networking event at the US embassy in Dublin.

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9 April 2019 | 0

The U.S. is the second biggest export market for Irish beer after the UK, according to the Irish Brewers Association. A number of Irish craft beer producers, facilitated by the Irish Brewers Association, displayed their products at a special networking event at the Embassy of the United States in Ireland, alongside craft beer products from U.S. companies.

According to the IBA, exports of Irish beer to the United States were valued at €58 million in 2017, which has re-iterated the importance to the US market for the Irish beer industry.

The Irish craft beer producers who displayed at the event were Boyne Brewhouse, Carlow Brewing Company (O’Hara’s), Galway Hooker Brewery and Porterhouse Brewery.

Jonathan McDade, Head of the Irish Brewers Association said that Irish beer intends to further explore the US market opprtunities. “We know that Irish beer products are loved among US consumers for their quality and authenticity,” McDade said. “This in turn helps to support Ireland as a tourist destination, with visitors eager to visit our brewery visitor centres or enjoy some great Irish hospitality at our pubs, hotels and restraints that serve Irish beer.

“We’d like the thank the U.S. Embassy in Ireland for giving Irish craft beer producers the opportunity to display their quality products at last night’s event,” he added.

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