For more on this creative flair check out their Instagram page @Hopfully_Brewing.
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BREWERY SPOTLIGHT: HOPFULLY BREWING CO.
ounded by three friends – Cristiano Gasparoti, Alberto Pernas and Vilson Junior – Hopfully Brewing Co. went into production for the first time in April 2017. Having originally considered opening a brewery in either Lisbon, Barcelona or Dublin, after two years of planning, the trio settled for a site in Clonshaugh having purchased Waterfordbased Metalman Brewing’s old brewing kit. Its four main beers are its Beet Juice Beetroot Saison, Lovemaker Pale Ale, California Common Single Hop Shorachi Ace and Graciousa IPA. Something that sets Hopfully apart from other brewers is its dedication to producing innovative designs for its beer labels. The brewery says it is “dedicated to promoting artists and raising creative consciousness through the sociability of craft beer”. It also aims to “break the moulds of making good beer, with an out of standard design, creative flair and unique personality”.
CORNER STRAIGHT UP BOURBON STOUT BY RASCALS BREWING Straight Up Bourbon Stout is a new barrel-aged imperial stout released by Dublin-based Rascals Brewing. Uniquely brewed with ten malts and aged in bourbon barrels, the beer provides a number of rich and complex flavours. It packs a punch too – weighing in at an impressive 8.6% ABV – so it’s one to take your time over. Straight Up Bourbon Stout comes in a 330ml can and is available at selected off-licences nationwide. Rascals Brewing’s latest release coincides with the opening of its new premises in Goldenbridge Industrial Estate, Inchicore. The new Rascals headquarters houses a tap room, a visitor’s centre, event space, pizzeria and, of course, the brewery itself. The venue is also available for rent for launches, parties, breakout days and bespoke events.
RYE RIVER BREWING COMPANY SCOOPS 19 WORLD BEER AWARDS
Hopfully Brewery founders Cristiano Gasparoti, Alberto Pernas and Vilson Junior
Recognised as one of Ireland’s largest independent craft breweries, Kildare-based Rye River Brewing Company was the winner of 19 awards at the prestigious World Beer Awards 2018 in August. Among the awards were best double IPA for McGargles Dan’s Double IPA, best Kölsch style for Grafters Kölsch and best classic style Pilsner for Crafty Brewing Company Irish Lager. The latest wins add to what has already been an extremely successful year for the brewery. In April, Rye River Brewing Company picked up three medals at the Frankfurt International Trophy, a further 12 medals at the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair and eight Great Taste Awards.
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