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Kinnegar Taproom at K2

We're open! The walls are bare and the furnishings are sparse but the beer is flowing. Visit the Taproom and enjoy a beer after taking one of our three types of guided tour. Learn more about our tours below.

You can also visit the Taproom to buy beer for your own fridge, or to purchase the merchandise you have browsed here on our webshop.

The Taproom is open Wednesday to Saturday, 1–7pm.

NB : We will be closed from
Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 September as we all enjoy a week's break after a busy summer.

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.


Kinnegar is back in festival mode at last after a 2-year hiatus. We're thrilled at the prospect of meeting beer-lovers in the flesh again.

Join us for a beer at home or abroad at the following festivals:

Thurs 11 – Sun 14 August
The Big Grill, Herbert Park, Dublin
Learn more

Fri 7 & Sat 8 October
Portrush Beer Fest
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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.

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

Autumn Academy
Saturday 22 + Sunday 23 October 2022 - SOLD OUT

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.

COVID-19 Health & Safety
The Academy will proceed subject to public health guidance. Up-to-date COVID vaccination is a prerequisite for participation.

Costs & Conditions

The course costs €160 and includes a simple lunch on both days. Payment is by PayPal, credit card or bank transfer and must be made at the point of booking.

Please email to book your spot.

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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