Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland

The ICBI is the official representative trade body for independently operated microbreweries in Ireland

The ICBI is the official representative trade body for independently operated microbreweries in Ireland.

The organisation is run by brewers, with its chief aims being the promotion, support and furthering of the Independent Irish beer and brewing sector.
We also act on behalf of our members on matters of government policy and legislation.
For information on becoming a member, including full membership criteria and benefits, please visit our membership page.

ICBI Initiatives


View details of recently launched stats for the industry supported by Bord Bia

Indie Beer Week 2023

Indie Beer Week runs each late spring/early summer. In 2023 the dates are 24th - 28th May. We're delighted to be back in person with local community events in breweries across Ireland.

Craft Community Podcast

Launched in November 2023. Craft Community is a six part Irish Beer podcast. Featuring a host of Ireland's best craft breweries discussing a wide range of topics from the art of brewing to ssutainability to the business of beer.

Independent Beer Mark

This mark guarantees that the Beer that carries it has been brewed in a genuinely independent Irish microbrewery and has been packaged on the island of Ireland

Irish Beer Map: Find Your Local

The Irish Beer Map website has been compiled as a resource to help promote breweries across Ireland and aid as a tool for trade, locals and tourists alike to locate breweries in their locality

Serving Our Communities

The ICBI has developed a short policy outlining our member's position on messaging surrounding the responsible consumption of beer.

ICBI member breweries take their responsibilities very seriously, as small business owners, citizens of Irish society and members of the communities where they live and work.

Beer of the Year Competition

unique competition where beers are judged by peers! Each brewery selects one beer to enter and then all beers are judged by other entrant  breweries to select the top 3.

ICBI Industry Updates

ICBI Presents to Oireachtas Justice Committee 2023

The Joint Oireachtas Justice Committee initiated a review of The Sale of Alcohol Bill in late 2022. The ICBI was invited to make a written submission in December 2022 and further invited to appear before the committee in January 2022. The Justice Committee released recommendations for the Bill in March 2022 and we are pleased to see that  the ICBI proposal to extend the producer's Retail Licence has been supported by the Committee.

ICBI Submission on Alcohol Licensing Consultation

The ICBI welcomes The department of Justice review of Alcohol licensing and asks that indigenous beers be treated at least the same as foreign wine imports and that the laws which support anti-competitive trading are abolished. ICBI believes in a free market where licences are not governed by antiquated acts from the 19th century and where prevailing market demands can decide which business successfully operates...

ICBI Launches Pre-Budget Submission

The ICBI calls on government to ensure small supports remain in place for local Irish Microbreweries.

Covid-19 Crisis

The ICBI has called on government to put supports  in place for local Irish Microbreweries. We need as many as possible of our members to emerge from the other side of this crisis.

As a community of small local businesses, we also want to send a message of support and solidarity to all citizens of Ireland and beyond. Please stay safe.

Intoxicating Liquor Act Passed

Subject to strict licencing requirements, breweries will be able to sell their own beer at the manufacturing premises.

New Association of Independent European Brewers Formed

In September 2018 after the inaugural meeting in Brussels a new association of European Independent Brewers has been formed by 9 participating member countries. The IBE has been formed to give independent brewers a voice at European level.

Craft Beer Report 2018 Released

November 2018. Latest Craft Beer Industry Report is released.

The ICBI welcomes the publication of the latest report which identifies an accurate reflection of the market difficulties faced by our small but vibrant sector.


The work of the ICBI is supported by our membership fees and kindly supplemented by our key trade partners. A list of all of our partner / supplier supporters and full trade directory can be found here