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We’re bowled over and humbled to have won Irish Brewery of the Year awarded by the legends of Irish beer, Beoir.  It’s been a long 5 years since we took the inaugural Oliver Hughes award & we’re thrilled it is back in Ballymote this year.

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The Oliver Hughes Award for Best Brewery
The White Hag

It’s a rare year that we don’t have a trophy to give to The White Hag and this year they’re the overall brewery pick. No other producer has done more to keep the convivial spirit of Ireland’s craft scene alive during two years when pub life and the festival calendar were severely curtailed. They organised several online festivals and established a new community with their Clann membership scheme: an offer that includes a strong social element in with the beer. 

Of course, it helps too that the beer is first rate as well. From over a dozen different ones which received votes from members, Festa Nuda imperial stout and Fionn double IPA were particular favourites, with their Black Boar imperial stout also still wowing the audience. This is a brewery that knows what people like.


A huge thanks to all who voted!

The White Hag Crew

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