Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland
The ICBI is the official representative trade body for independently operated microbreweries in Ireland.
The organisation is run by brewers, with the chief aim of the promotion of Independent Irish beer and brewing.
We act on behalf of our members on matters of policy and legislation as well as the overall development of the sector.
For information becoming a member and full criteria, please visit our membership page.
Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016
The Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland (the trade representative organisation for Irish Independently owned microbreweries) want to express a huge thank-you to the government and those who have (through the Breweries Bill) aimed to show their support for independent microbreweries and have recognised their contribution to our local communities as well as to “Brand Ireland” as a whole.
A most particular thanks goes to Alan Kelly TD and the Labour party for proposing the breweries bill as well as to all the many supporters of the bill across the parties. We have been genuinely gratified to see such real support for our businesses shown by members of the Dáil and though it is somewhat unfair to single out any more names given the overwhelming support shown, it would be remiss of us not to also mention the particular effort put in to the bill by independent TD’s Mick Wallace and Clare Daly.
It is very important to emphasise that there will still potentially be a lot of hurdles to overcome for many breweries to avail of the licence(s) in both time and cost and this will likely be prohibitive for a number of breweries.
We would not expect the licences to be issued this year and at best it will likely be 2019 when you may possibly be able to enjoy a pint at your local microbrewery, or stop by for a few bottles. However, we will work with the relevant authorities to try and ensure that the spirit of the bill which is to support Irish microbreweries is upheld.
Independent microbreweries have a small market share with less than 3% of the Irish beer market and face a very tough market atmosphere with ongoing pressure from our multinational counterparts with their vast marketing budgets. We welcome any concessions to our sector such as the breweries bill which could help us to communicate our story to consumers and build our local markets, importantly the new arrangement will help with the development of beer tourism where the welcome strategies and supports put in place by Fáilte Ireland can now be built upon.
What The Breweries Bill will Mean?
Subject to the successful application for a licence and the associated certifications which will likely have to accompany this; this bill will allow for:
Breweries to sell their own beer for consumption on-site to those who have taken a tour of the brewery and/or to sell their own beer on-site for customers to take away from the premises whether a tour has taken place or not.
There are some clear time restrictions for the sale, in the main between 10am & 7pm (excepting certain restrictions for Christmas Day and in keeping with other Off License time restrictions for opening)
Current Status of The Bill
The bill passed through the Seanad on Wednesday 11th July. There is then a government amendment regarding the technicality of opening hours which looks set to be finalised on Thursday 12th.
A Thank-you Pint!
Supporters of the bill gathered in The Porterhouse Central in Dublin at 6.30pm on Wednesday 11th July.
This was our go raibh míle maith agaibh from the Independent Brewers of Ireland to all those who have worked to make this bill a reality.
The ICBI are delighted to welcome Peter Mosley of The Porterhouse Brewing Company as Chairperson of the organisation. Peter was elected as chairperson on February 22nd 2018 at the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland Annual General Meeting.