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Every week — Thurs/Fri/Sat

We're delighted to welcome Jeannette, Eoin and the rest of The Dirty Souls team. They'll be cooking up their finest traditional American smokehouse BBQ, every week, Thurs/Fri/Sat, 4–9pm.

Grab a plate at their trailer and bring it into the Taproom to enjoy your BBQ with a beer. Or take it back home along with some take-out beers from the Kinnegar fridges. You can even swing buy and just have BBQ — we won't hold that against you!

Saturday 10 December

It's the big one! Winterland at Kinnegar. We're throwing open the doors of the brewery and inviting you to our inaugural Christmas market.
Expect a gathering of the finest local food producers, craftworkers, artists and musicians from Donegal and beyond.



European Beer Star 2022:
Gold for Scraggy Bay

According to the Association of Private Breweries who run the awards “The European Beer Star honours beers that are genuine, full of character and of high quality.” That pretty much sums up Scraggy.

Widely available, enduringly popular. The dogs in the street identified Scraggy as a winner right from the time we started making it, in dinky little 50 litre batches, back in 2012. Rick’s relentless pursuit of perfection, together with steady improvements in both our brewing skill and brewing kit, have resulted in an incrementally better product with every batch brewed.

On 14 September past, Scraggy garnered critical acclaim worthy of its popularity, winning Ireland’s very first ever medal at the European Beer Star awards in Munich. And a gold one, at that, taking top spot in the “New Style IPA” category.

We are very, very proud. Thank you to every last person who has enjoyed and championed Kinnegar’s flagship beer with us over the years. Sail on, the good ship Scraggy Bay!

Origin Green Gold Member 2022

We are very proud that we have obtained Origin Green Gold Member status for 2022.

Origin Green is a sustainability programme, an initiative of Bord Bia, that recognises the efforts of organisations to help the environment. It is the world’s only national food and drink sustainability programme, enabling the industry in Ireland to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets that respect the environment and serve local communities more effectively.

Gold Membership is awarded to companies that have shown exemplary performance in Sustainability throughout the year. We've been making a big effort to improve the sustainability of our production and Gold Membership is a welcome recognition of our achievements at Kinnegar.


MAY 2022

Black Bucket wins gold at 2022 World Beer Cup

Naturally we’re delighted with every award we win but one accolade matters more to a brewery than any other. Known as “the Olympics of beer,” the World Beer Cup is the most prestigious beer competition in the world, held in conjunction with the Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®.

We are immensely proud that in May Black Bucket, our Black Rye IPA, achieved Ireland’s first ever gold award in the competition, topping the podium for the American-Style Black Ale category.

2,493 breweries from 57 countries world wide entered 10,542 individual beers in 103 different categories, with a maximum of one bronze, one silver and one gold per category up for grabs.

Brewery Tours

Our Taproom licence permits us to serve you beer after the completion of a guided tour. We offer three types of tour.
Each  tour offers an overview of the brewing process. We begin in the malt loft and continue through the brew house, fermentation, the conditioning cellar, and finally to packaging. By the end of the journey you will understand what gives your favourite Kinnegar beer style its particular colour, flavour and aroma.

From adults to children, and beer enthusiasts to their reluctant partners, we guarantee you will find this a memorable and highly enjoyable experience!

NB : We will be closed in the second week of September every year as we all enjoy a week's break after a busy summer.


Duration 5 minutes
Cost €1, included in your first pint
Book No booking necessary
Schedule Wed–Sat, 1–7pm

Our Introductory Tour offers a concise on-screen overview of the history of the brewery and how we make our beer, presented by key team members from the areas of grain handling, wort production, fermentation and packaging. Our Taproom bartender is on hand to answer questions after you have taken the tour.

The Introductory Tour is available throughout our opening hours and costs €1.00. This is included in the price of your first pint or glass of beer.

We donate the proceeds of our Introductory Tour to a local charity, chosen by a different member of staff each month. 

45 minutes
Cost €10
Book Through our webshop or in person at the Taproom, subject to availability. 
Schedule  Thursday evenings at 5pm, Friday afternoons at 4pm, and on some Saturdays at 12 noon. Other times for groups may be available by prior arrangement.

Our Advanced Tour takes you through the production area where your guide will explain the principles of making beer in some detail. You'll have a hands on experience of raw ingredients and will hear and smell the unmistakeable activities of the brewing process. Afterwards you will enjoy a glass of your draught beer of choice in the Taproom.


Duration 90 minutes
Cost €20
Book Through our webshop or in person at the Taproom, subject to availability. 
Schedule Approx once a month.

Our Deep Dive Tour takes you into the nooks and crannies of the brewery where you will learn in depth about how we make our beer. Enjoying some samples along the way, you'll have a chance to meet and talk to some of the production team and you'll be enthralled by the fascinating cocktail of science, engineering and cooking that makes a brewery tick. You'll emerge with a true understanding of just how much effort and passion goes into making a Kinnegar beer!

Upcoming Deep Dive Tours

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Enjoy a few pints in the Taproom and watch the comings and goings of our small but busy brewery.

Browse the webshop while you relax and treat yourself to some merch as a memento of your visit. Kinnegar’s signs, posters, glassware, T-shirts, hoodies, lamps, tea towels, soap and more may be purchased on site .

Vouchers for brewery visits are available, if you feel like giving your favourite Kinnegar fan a nice surprise.

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays you'll find our friends The Dirty Souls  cooking up their finest traditional American smokehouse BBQ in their trailer outside the K2 Taproom, 4–9pm.

Brewing Academy

Our Kinnegar Brewing Academy offers beer and brewing enthusiasts a 2-day theory-and-practice blitz. The course guarantees a unique social and educational experience.

Participants come from every walk of life and the common language is laughter and smiles. Previous Academies have produced gold medal winning beers. The bar is set high!

Next Academy

Spring Academy
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 March 2023

Course Structure

Day 1 covers the theory of brewing. You’ll learn all about the basics of raw ingredients, recipe design, etc, as well as educating your palate with a comprehensive tasting of world beer styles.

Day 2 is a hands on practical day in the brewery helping to brew the next in our Brewers at Play series of beers.

Costs & Conditions

The course costs €175 and includes a simple lunch on both days. Bookings can be made through our webshop.

There is plentiful accommodation available close to hand in Letterkenny. Remember too that Rathmullan House, in Kinnegar’s birthplace, is a wonderful place to stay if you feel like treating yourself.

Please note the course is intended for beer and brewing enthusiasts. It is not designed for brewing professionals or those planning a brewery.

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