McGargles in a can!

We’re insanely excited about the arrival of McGargles cans! Keep an eye out for Fancy Frank and Francis who’ll be arriving in very handy 330ml cans before the end of the year!

Cans are one of the fastest growing packaging styles for craft beer in Ireland and, most importantly, they’re the perfect package to ensure premium quality and freshness. The 100% light-tight environment means that harmful UV rays cannot get to the beer. As well as that, cans allow zero access to oxegen. This is essential as oxidisation can turn a great beer into a mess very quickly!

To start, we’re going to roll out our Fancy Frank’s Lager and Francis Big Bangin’ IPA in 330ml cans with lots of exciting plans in the pipe-line too…but we’ll keep that under wraps for now!

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Introducing Simon Broderick

Last month, we advertised a position that most Irish beers fans were drooling about. Our beer specialists role. After making our way through hundreds of amazing applicants, we were delighted to offer the role to Simon Broderick. Here’s a quick introduction to the man himself.

Where are you from?

Athlone, but I’m living in the big city of Moate for the last 9 years.

Have you always had an interest in beer?

About twenty years ago I was in the UK with some relations and they were all drinking Lager Shandy, when I had a chance to visit a ‘Real Ale’ pub I tried cask beer for the first time, I thought it tasted soapy but it was a sight more interesting than the overly sweet shandy. Maybe 15 years ago I went to Brussels and an American bar man gave me a crash course in Belgian beer styles which really opened my mind. In 2008 I visited Galway Hooker’s old brewery in Roscommon which made me realise how accessible and approachable this craft/micro brewing thing was. I couldn’t visit Dublin without calling in to The Porterhouse in Temple Bar which was one of the very few places these unusual beers could be found. And then in 2013 the whole scene blew up and I was inspired to start writing Simon Says…You Really Should Drink This!

What’s your favourite beer style?

It’s easier to tell you that I don’t like ‘Lite’ lagers, Helles or Pilsner all the way to Imperial Stouts are fair game, I’ll drink ‘em all! I do like my IPAs…

What was the last beer you drank?

Yellow Belly’s Jack Bauer Power Shower Sour in Simon Lambert & Sons yesterday. It’s delicious!

What beer is in your fridge at home?

Buxton High Tor (India Red Ale), Magic Rock High Wire (West Coast Pale Ale) Mountain Man Banjo’d (Appalachian IPA) and of course a few bottles of McGargles Francis Big Bangin’ IPA and Cousin Rosie Pale Ale!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page to find out when you catch Simon in your local pub or off-licence sampling our multi-award winning craft beers.

Great Irish Beer Fest

McGargles at the Great Irish Beer Festival

The Great Irish Beer Festival is a three day event featuring craft beer from Irish producers, live music, lectures, brewing demos & food prep demos.The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Taking place from September 22-24th 2016 in the beautiful Cork City Hall, the festival will feature three sections and two wings with comfortable seating arrangement to accommodate a large number of guests. Cork City Hall is one of the most well known venues to host successful events in the city. Come to experience:

Live Music
Performances by The Frank & Walters, King Kong Company, Crow Black Chicken and many more bands. See the website’s lineup page for more.

Brewing Demos
The Lee Valley Homebrew Club demonstrates how to brew at home using extract and all-grain kits.

Beer Lectures
Guest lecturers will discuss a variety of beer-related topics from setting up professional beer tastings to starting your beer business.

Of course, we’ll be there pouring some of our multi-award winning beers and having lots of the usual craic!

More Craft Beer Awards for McGargles

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It’s been a fantastic year for craft beer awards for McGargles! We started on the right foot with a huge win at AllTech Craft Beer Festival in Dublin and our latest nods come from the very prestigious World Beer Awards 2016. Since the start of the year the awards have been non-stop for literally every one of our beers. So far in 2016, we’ve collected 16 medals and are shortlisted for even more!

Blow by blow, here’s how we’ve been taking the craft beer world by storm in 2016!

AllTech 2016

This was a great start to 2016 for us!

McGargles Francis Big Bangin’ IPA – The Dublin Craft Beer Cup Winner

McGargles Francis Big Bangin’ IPA – Gold Medal

McGargles Granny Mary’s Red Ale – Bronze Medal

McGargles Fancy Frank’s Lager – Silver Medal

McGargles Uncle Jim’s Stout – Bronze Medal

Craft Beer Cup

Meininger International Craft Beer Awards

Our first run out at these German awards…and we did just fine!

McGargles Francis Big Bangin’ IPA – Gold Medal

McGargles Fancy Frank’s Lager – Silver Medal

Great Taste Awards

Clearly the name is bang on!

McGargles Francis Big Bangin’ IPA – Silver Medal

McGargles Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale – Bronze Medal

McGargles Fancy Frank’s Lager – Bronze Medal

McGargles Uncle Jim’s Stout – Bronze Medal

International Beer Challenge

We have great form in these awards…and some things never change!

McGargles Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale – Bronze Medal

McGargles Granny Mary’s Red Ale – Bronze Medal

McGargles Uncle Jim’s Stout – Bronze Medal

World Beer Awards

This year we had two World Beer Awards with one country champion in Granny Mary!

McGargles Francis Big Bangin’ IPA – Bronze (National)

McGargles Granny Mary’s Red Ale – Gold (National)


On top of all that…

We’ve also been shortlisted in the Irish Food and Quality Awards  and the Blas na hEireann Awards too!