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Kinnegar Brewing will be welcoming people of all ages to their ‘Big Day Out at the Brewery’ in Ballyraine, Letterkenny next week for a very worthy cause.

Following on from last year’s highly successful event, visitors will have the opportunity to learn all about the wonderful world of beer on Saturday, January 23 from 2-8pm.

The day will include brewery tours and demonstrations, games and entertainment, good local food and of course plenty of good local beer served in exchange for donations to MS Ireland – Donegal Branch. With everyone’s help, the event hopes to surpass the €1,600 it raised last year for Pieta House.

The Big Day Out has something for young and old alike. Ever wondered how beer gets in a can? Well, here’s a chance to see Kinnegar’s new canning line in action. For an even more hands-on experience, try your hand at bottling on the brewery’s original bottle filler.

For the kids there will be demonstrations in natural soft-drink making and an opportunity to bottle and label their very own soft drink. Just how do those fizzy bubbles get in there?

Indie Beer Week

Kinnegar’s Big Day Out is part of Indie Beer Week, a week-long schedule of events emphasising the very real and important connections Ireland’s independent brewers have with their local communities.

Ireland has a vibrant and exciting independent brewing scene, with interest from the public growing exponentially, year after year. Indie Beer Week capitalises on that interest, providing the opportunity to meet the people behind the beer, putting a face to the name of some of Ireland’s most interesting and innovative independent brews.

To the delight of food lovers out there, several of Donegal’s best-known food heroes are joining Kinnegar for the Big Day Out. Kemal and the team from Scarpello& Co. will be dishing up their famous grilled cheese masterpieces. Nancy’s Barn from Ballyliffen will be serving bowls of their world champion seafood chowder. Richard from The Counter will be there to demonstrate the fine art of making the perfect filter coffee.

The close working relationship and sense of community between independent Irish breweries will also be on display with brewing colleagues from Inishowen’sBoghopper and Sligo’s White Hag Brewerypouring their beers and joining in on the fun. Don’t miss it.

The Big Day Out at the Brewery takes place on June the 23rd from 2-8pm. Admission is free but booking is essential by calling Tel 074 910 3890 or by emailing

The Mountain Stage at Swell Music & Arts Festival

Earagail Arts Festival once again hosts The Mountain Stage at Swell Music & Arts Festival on Arranmore Island during this year’s 30th anniversary celebrations and we are delighted that Kinnegar Brewing are on board again as sponsor.

The Mountain Stage will host three days of some of the best music from around the island of Ireland, and further afield, covering everything from Indie rock, jazz, electronica to the celebration of Gaelic Culture.

Tickets for the 5th annual Swell Music & Arts Festival are now available here. For a breakdown of all acts appearing on The Mountain Stage, click on the respective days: Day 1Day 2Day 3.