This afternoon.

Labour TD Alan Kelly speaks about the party’s Craft Brewers Bill at Leinster House.

From the Explanatory Memorandum of the Bill

Many distilleries and breweries, including micro-breweries, are tourist attractions and welcome visitors on guided tours. Under the Licencing Acts, however, unless the owners acquire a pub licence or an off-licence, it is not possible to sell those visitors the product that is made on the premises.

The purpose of this short Bill is to rectify that situation by permitting the sale by distilleries and breweries of their own product to tourists and other visitors. The Bill also covers the making of cider and perry.



Read the Bill in full here

Pic: John Whelan

37 thoughts on “Crafty

      1. Andy

        Hi Willie,

        If I keep the railway with nobody on it open for another few years will you give me your vote???

        Mr. Kelly

  1. Mart

    Slightly off topic but a general question. A few years ago I was in The Barge and they were one of the first pubs to really start pushing craft beer. There was a poster on the wall saying duty on craft beer made in Ireland was 50% less than other alcohol and so they could sell it cheaper., a pint of Irish craft beer at the time was about €1 cheaper than any of the mass produced beer. Since then craft beer is more expensive than your average pint, anyone know if the 50% less duty thing still exists?

    1. LennyZero

      Yes, micro breweries in Ireland pay less tax. However the economies of scale mean that they have to pay more for the ingredients.

    1. TheQ47

      You obviously didn’t read it,. because it does include spirits:
      Section 1 provides that, where beer is brewed, spirits are distilled or cider or perry is made, in accordance with the appropriate licence, on premises to which visitors are admitted on guided
      tours, the Revenue Commissioners shall, on application grant a licence under this section.
      Such a licence authorises the sale to such visitors of the beer brewed, spirits distilled or the
      cider or perry made on those premises, but no other intoxicating liquor, for consumption on or off those premises. Sales may take place only between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on
      any day other than Good Friday or Christmas Day.

  2. goof

    is this going to be a loop hole to sell and serve booze wtihout a licence? have a little diy make your own beer set in the back and sell all the booze you want to your hearts content?

    1. Yeah, Ok

      As long as you’re making it all yourself in a way that’s legal and fit for consumption I don’t see the problem…

    2. scottser

      I wonder how small breweries will be affected by the new alcohol and public health bill. so, you may be able to advertise a tour of the brewery but not the beer itself? if a tour includes a taster, would it have to comply to min pricing and will the product eventually end up being sold behind a curtain away from public gaze?

  3. Tony

    Sorry, I hate craft beers and their vintagey names and marketing. The porters taste like slops and overall so inconsistent. The final straw was when one of my locals stopped serving Guinness due to “shelf space”.. which was a total lie and they were on the take for excluding Guinness. Craft my hoop… No matter how many tax breaks they get, only very few will survive because they are simply muck in a morketing mask.

    1. Yeah, Ok

      Good enough for Diageo. They deliberately (and viciously) blocked out competition for years. They’re almost singlehandedly responsible for the relative lack of independent beer producers in Ireland and the woeful lack of choice we had for so long. F*ck ’em.

      1. DubLoony

        Hear hear! They have a monopoly on beer here.

        As for comment above on lack of consistency – if using natural ingredients, they will vary by season, quantity used and brewers skill. That is part of the fun.
        Mass produced stuff is exactly the same, all the time, day in day out.

        1. The Old Boy

          Consistency is key to sales though. It’s why the English more or less stopped drinking cask bitter in favour of mediocre but never-changing Watney’s Red Barrel for the best part of thirty years until breweries and pubs finally sorted out the cask consistency problem.

    2. Birneybau2

      Stick with the Budweiser. I was a Heineken drinker and now go for O’Hara’s Pale Ale, Rebel Red, Chieftain (both Franciscan Well) or a session beer. The only stout I drink is Guinness mind.

        1. Harry Molloy

          I love all O’Hara stuff. it’s pretty popular now so I’m sure someone will come along with a reason that we shouldn’t be drinking it

        1. ivan

          it won’t be the craft producers that are muscling Guinness out of your boozer Tony, shurly? I’d have thought another multinational would be the only one could pull something like that off.

    3. Boy M5

      Yeah yeah Tony you old fart. I hear this every day from older guys who are like lads from remote jungle tribes trying spear airplanes.

    1. DubLoony

      They’ve had it their own way for too long. A bit of competition is no harm.

      Good for regional brewers, agri-tourism, and customers.
      Win all round.

      FF publicans will most likely object.

    2. irishstu

      Not really, if you are interested enough in a beer to be visiting a brewery then you’re not likely to be going home to a fridge full of Heineken. The number of customers this will affect would barely be a blip.

    1. Mysterybeat

      Haha, I was reading this thinking of hipster beers, and I read that as “..bill today about micro beards.”

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