They Came, They Saw, They Chugged



The White Hag brewery in Ballymote, County Sligo celebrated its third birthday last weekend with a Hagstravaganza festival of craft beer from home and abroad.

And a memorable train ride.

Paul Mullins of The White Hag writes

What a difference a week makes! Since we last featured here, we’ve held Irelands first International Brewery Festival, and legislation allowing for taprooms to operate here in Ireland has made it through cabinet and is likely to be enacted this year.

Our Hagstravaganza  was attended by 1000 thirsty beer fans from all over Ireland, and further afield.

We had fans who travelled from the UK, France and even three from the US for the festival. Irish Rail hired us a train to transport the rabble back into Sligo, and it was brilliant, chaotic, loud mayhem.

Now consider for a minute what can now happen if breweries the length and breadth of the country are allowed and encouraged to host events like this on a regular basis, and we can encourage the queues of American’s and European’s queuing up at James Gate to get down the country to experience the new wave.

Maybe a little bit of tourism democracy?

There’s something in there that certain lobby groups in Ireland are afraid of, but we’re not sure what it is.

We’d like to think the timing was coincidental, but we feel the revolution is coming, and this is a little step closer to liberating our publicans and those who value choice in deciding who they buy their beers and spirits from.

We are eternally grateful to those who gave us a platform to get our message out, and Broadsheet has literally been there since day one for us.


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9 thoughts on “They Came, They Saw, They Chugged

  1. Murtles

    Was at it, had a blast. Great day, great music and great beers. Only tried about 5 out of the 60 beers and stayed away from those over 7.5% but may be bolder in the future. Hopefully it’ll continue to be an annual event. Well done White Hag.

    1. Cian

      taproom legislation allows a brewery to sell their own beer on-site.
      i.e. you can go on a tour of the brewery, and then try some of the beer.

      Prior to this legislation the breweries couldn’t sell their own beer (unless they got a full pub licence).

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