The Irish are coming! This year’s Toronto’s Festival of Beer will showcase all things Irish in an Irish Pavilion presented by Tourism Ireland and funded by the Government of Ontario. The Pavilion will host Irish entertainment, Irish celebrity chefs, and 10 Irish brewers to give attendees the full Irish experience. Read below for details and listen to INDIE88 (our awesome media partner) to win tickets!
Thanks to First Music Contact and Culture Ireland, four bands will be bringing the sounds of Ireland to the Irish Pavilion and the Main Stage throughout the weekend. Get ready to hear music from Hare Squead, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Hermitage Green, and Delorentos. Keep an eye out for these sweet, sweet Irish tunes July 24-27!
Hare Squead is Jessy Rose, E-Knock, and Tony Konstone, three 18-year-young rappers, musicians, poets, and artists from the Dublin area. The group makes punchy tunes lined with infectious pop beats – look out for their debut EP coming out soon. For now, you can listen to some of their tracks on their website.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy is a man with an acoustic guitar; performing hauntingly delicate songs and hoping to bring simplicity back to music. The Dublin-native 22-year-old made it to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and has released a soulful mini-album. To keep up to date with O’Shaughnessy, check out his website.
Dublin-based Delorentos are a critically acclaimed rock band boasting three top 10 albums on the Irish charts. The group is known for their live performances, bringing smooth tunes and melodic hooks to the stage. Their most recent album, Night Becomes Light, was released at the end of 2014 to rave reviews. Find out more about the band here.
Hermitage Green is an acoustic folk rock band based in Limerick, Ireland. Live, you can expect hard-hitting rhythm sections driven by the tribal combination of bodhrán and djembe, rhythmic guitar lines with dobro melodies, and soaring four-part vocal harmonies. The group’s debut album shot to number one on the iTunes charts when released, and they continue to tour relentlessly. Check out their website to keep up with their schedule and updates.
THE LOWEST OF THE LOW + TORONTO’S FESTIVAL OF BEER
Sunday’s entertainment has officially been announced, and famed Canadian rock group The Lowest of the Low will be taking the Bandshell Stage! The group will be coming together again for a special performance for Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Sunday, July 26, so grab your tickets while they last.
Ready to say #NomNomBeer, Irish-style? We have three celebrity chefs coming to Toronto from the Emerald Isle, so get ready to experience live demos from Chef Gavan Murphy as seen on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, Dublin Pop Up, and Tim McCarthy of McCarthy’s of Kanturk.
Chef Gavan Murphy, otherwise known as “the Healthy Irishman” and known for his appearance on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, is passionate about clean eating and healthy home cooking. Among the most popular and respected chefs in Los Angeles, he inspires anyone who eats his food to believe they can lead a healthier life without giving up amazing flavour.
Formed in late 2013 by Cúán Greene and Harry Colley, Dublin Pop Up is an innovative fine dining events company that hosts supper clubs and pop ups in a number of unconventional spaces such as galleries, defunct delis, and donated spaces around Ireland’s capital city. Their personal spin on contemporary Irish food has been influenced by their time in kitchens throughout Europe, and has garnered the attention of food writers, food brands, and fans alike.
McCarthy’s of Kanturk use traditional techniques and innovative ideas that have made them one of Ireland’s most prominent and celebrated meat producers. Tim McCarthy is the fifth generation of butcher in the family to run the shop and will be joining the Irish Pavilion at this year’s festival!
Ten Irish brewers are coming to Toronto’s Festival of Beer! These brews are joining our Irish Pavilion straight from a country known for its beer. Save room in your tasting cups for brews from O’Hara’s, McGargles Irish Family Brewers, The White Hag Brewery, Brú Brewery, Trouble Brewing, Eight Degrees Brewing, The Porterhouse Brewing Co., Dingle Brewing Company, Stonewell Craft Cider, and Kinnegar Brewing.
O’Hara’s Brewery, also known as Carlow Brewing Company, craft brews traditional Irish beers and their own interpretation of international beer styles, including stouts, ales, wheat beers, and lagers. Each beer is crafted with classic brewing methods to create the traditional Irish beers styles that have long since been forgotten by many of the larger breweries.
The McGargles Irish Family Brewers dedicate each beer from their brewery to a specific and eccentric member of the family – their selection includes Granny Mary’s Red Ale, Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale, and Uncle Jim’s Stout, among many others. Their Kilcock, Ireland brewery can be tracked back to 1595 and the brews are made with just water, barley malt, hops, and wheat. As they say, “You can’t choose your family but you can choose your beer!”
White Hag Brewery is a Ballymote, Co. Sligo brewery named after a great, ancient Irish myth – the spiritual force of Ireland who shaped the land itself. The brewery
is working to fill the demand for higher quality and locally produced craft beer, including some styles unique to Ireland, while incorporating the use of mostly local, raw products.
Brú Brewery was started only two years ago by Meath lads Patrick and Daire as a simple plan to brew some tasty beers. Despite this modest ambition, the business has quickly turned into a bustling craft brewery, focusing on locally sourced ingredients from the Boyne Valley.
After growing disappointed with the variety of beers available, pals Thomas Prior, Stephen Clinch, and Paul O Connor decided to start a brewery with a sense of humour and so founded Trouble Brewing. The brewery focuses on the craftsmanship of beer, making their beers with water from their own well and focusing on high quality malts and hops.
Eight Degrees Brewing is an award-winning independent Irish craft brewery, passionate about producing exciting and adventurous beers using only natural ingredients. The brewery was started by Scott and Cam, a Kiwi and an Aussie lured to Ireland by two Irish cailins, after they decided to take their home brewing skills to the next level and contribute to Ireland’s craft beer industry.
The Porterhouse Brewery loves the idea of drinking local, fresh, unpasteurised beers, handcrafted in small batches by a guy called Peter (and helped by Tom and Paul). So they make just that! This brewery is passionate about good beer, and in their own words, “Life’s too short, let your taste buds live a little.”
Dingle Brewing Company uses the local Kerry Natural Spring Water to brew their trademark Crean’s Lager, combining it with the finest natural ingredients and simplest of brewing techniques to keep it as pure as possible. This water is said to have life affirming powers, and the beer is named for the famed Irish explorer Tom Crean, a seaman and Antarctic voyager in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Stonewell Craft Cider began as the result of the gift of an old French press and apple mill to its owners, Daniel and Geraldine Emerson. They wanted to ensure a quality artisanal cider could be available in Ireland – a country of cider drinkers! Named for a 16th century well on their property, the cidery uses a variety of apples to make carefully created blends.
Kinnegar Brewing pairs brewing tradition with a contemporary sense of adventure to produce clean, crisp, full-flavoured farmhouse beers. The brewery is named after the nearby Kinnegar Beach just north of Rathmullan in County Donegal, and is situated in the rolling hills of Ireland.