The Great Irish Beer Festival returns to Cork City Hall this week for the second annual event, taking place from Thursday August 24 – Saturday August 26.


Following a hugely successful inaugural event, The Great Irish Beer Festival will feature 24 Irish craft brewers and one distillery; each bringing a unique flavour to the festival, as well as an excellent live music programme over the weekend that will see Stiff Little FingersLe GalaxieRebel Rebel – The David Bowie ExperienceThe Band AnnaFire & Water and Audible Joes ensure each day ends with a suitable bang.


The Great Irish Beer Festival will prove a treasure trove of information, food pairings and knowledge for aficionados and newcomers alike. Lectures will take place over the weekend at City Hall including ‘Learn How To Brew’ with the Lee Valley Brewing Club and discussions led by Chris O’Flynn of the Malting Company of Ireland among others.


Run by the Franciscan Well Brewery in Cork in association with Tom Keating Presents, this year’s festival aims to build on the initial footprint and establish The Great Irish Beer festival as one of the country’s finest live music and brewing events – diverse in both its participants and audience.


“We’re delighted to be welcoming these fantastic Irish brewers back to Cork again this year and equally as happy to be providing some great entertainment for festival goers over the weekend,” says Shane Long from The Franciscan Well. “Both professional and home Brewers will be onsite to show the public how to brew. We have also had a large number of enquiries from brewing enthusiasts from outside Ireland which is really encouraging and means the word about The Great Irish Beer Festival is spreading. We’d encourage people to purchase tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.”


Advance day tickets are €13.50 for each day/evening from or €15 on the door.


Thursday August 24

Stiff Little Fingers

Audible Joes

Doors 7pm, Concert 7.30pm – 10pm


Friday August 25 

Le Galaxie

The Band Anna

Doors 4pm, Concert 6pm -10pm


Saturday August 26

Rebel Rebel -The David Bowie Experience

&  Fire & Water

Doors 12noon , Concert 6pm – 10pm