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!

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Origin Green


At the Rye River Brewing Company sustainability is at the top of our agenda. It is at the heart of who we are and what we do.

We are truly proud of the unique culture we’ve built, one that’s filled with energy, opportunity and fun.Movie All Is Lost (2013)

We believe in our people, trust in their positive intentions, encourage ideas from everyone and have actively developed a workforce that is diverse in style and background. The Rye River Brewing Company is a place where anyone can, and does, make a difference.

Our key areas of focus include:

Jobs, Education & Community Growth and Spirit:

We ensure that when we need something done at Rye River, we reach out to the local community first to see if we can employ their services or where possible and appropriate hire from the local community.

From Farm to Bottle:

We’ve made it our business to put sustainability at the heart everything we do so that there is a future not only here at the Rye River Brewing Company but also for our community, our country and ultimately the world!


The breakdown of our water is useage is

* for every 10 litres of water used

* 7 litres is used for cleaning the brewery

* 3 litres of water used in the brewing process

all to produce 1 litre of beer.

We moved to reverse osmosis when moving to Celbridge, this was required due to the water makeup in Celbridge. The process allows us brew with distilled water and build an individual water profile for each specific beer.


We are currently working on an energy efficiency project with our service provider aiming to reduce energy usage and re-distribute redundant heat etc. This is a work in progress.



Win a Brewery Tour


We’ve come a hell of a long way…well, from Kilcock to Celbridge!

Our new brewery is bigger, better, shinier and more welcoming than ever before. We’ve been working hard to make sure that the brewery does exactly what it needs to do and now we’re ready to show it off.

This exclusive competition is open only to McGargles VIPs, so if you haven’t signed up, you can do it on the front page of the website HERE.

The tour will involve an in-depth walk through of the brewery including the brewhouse, raw material storage, the fermenters, the BBT and the bottling line and will conclude with a sampling of all our McGargles beers. We will talk in detail about the brewing process, the difference between micro and macro brewers and suggest delicious food pairings during our tasting as well.

To enter, just answer the simple question below!

Good luck!

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Our brewery moved to Celbridge at the start of the year, but from where?

Bloom 2016


Since 2013 we’ve been at the Bloom Garden Festival and 2016 was our most successful year yet!

With two bars, one in the Bloom Inn and one in the Love Irish Food tent (the only brewery outside the Bloom Inn!) We had our busiest and most booming year as this June corresponded with the launch of our Trader Tommy’s Cider (Check out the article on that here) and the launch of our 500ml bottles of Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale and Francis’ Big Bangin’ IPA! With such a busy June we were delighted with the lovely weather on the weekend of Bloom and all the way through we saw Trader Tommy sell like hotcakes (or like cold cider!) especially the amazingly refreshing Wild Berry Cider, and it was the first time Trader Tommy was poured at Bloom!

We got to meet a good few fans of our beer and were able to have a bit of a chat with you lovely folk as well as introducing more people to McGargles and hopefully making a few new fans of them. With so much happening over the weekend trying to condense it down to a wee spiel is almost impossible so be sure to check out our Instagram and our Facebook for more from the weekend (Down a wee bit on the Facebook page and you’ll see what happens when beer meets physics buskers!) If you got to see us and have some pictures, feel free to post them onto our Facebook page!


By the Monday of Bloom, we had sold out of almost everything…and that was after another keg run. We’re really chuffed to see the support for Craft Beer (and for us!) at Bloom and we hope that next year is bigger and better!

See you all at Bloom 2017!

Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale Chocolate Cake

Beer is good and cake is amazing, so it stands to reason that putting McGargles and Cake together means that this Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale chocolate cake will be better than amazing.

And trust us, it is.

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Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale Chocolate Cake


  • 236ml of Cousin Rosie’s pale ale.
  • 117g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 473g sugar
  • 117g cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 473g flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda



Preheat your oven to 180 degrees, and grease your round pan well. Whisk the sour cream, eggs and vanilla well in a small bowl – the mixture should be creamy yet fluffy. Pour your beer into a large saucepan over medium heat. Drink the rest!

Slice up the stick of unsalted butter into about 1 tablespoon chunks and drop them in that beer to melt them slowly while stirring occasionally.

As soon as that butter is melted, whisk in the unsweetened cocoa powder and white sugar until you have a rich, dark, chocolaty mixture.

Add your egg/sour cream/vanilla mixture to the chocolate mixture and whisk together. Mix the creamy combo with your flour and baking soda until mixed.

Pour into your greased bund pan, and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.


Take the pan out of the oven and cool for about 15 minutes on a wire rack. Lay some parchment paper or wax paper on another wire rack and invert the bund pan and let the cake gently slide out. Ditch the pan and let the cake cool the rest of the way on the rack. Frost with a cream cheese frosting


This cake is Big, enough nosh for a good few people– if you have a smaller posse, you could easily cut the recipe by 1/3 to 1/2.

Serve and enjoy!


Why Unfiltered?

At McGargles, we don’t filter out beer because we know that unfiltered beer tastes better. Not only does it taste better but it is better. Better mouthfeel, better taste and aftertaste… Unfiltered and unpasteurised is the way to drink your beer.

Big breweries filter their beer because it makes it clearer, that’s true…but this comes at the expense of flavour. Microbreweries like ours? We focus on the finished product so we don’t want to filter out the flavour of the beer. Our beers taste great and we want to keep it that way!

So, if we don’t pasteurise our beer or filter it. How do we clear away sediment?

A centrifuge which we already talked about on the Rye River site. Basically, the centrifuge spins particles out of beer which means that we can get the beer into our centrifuge and all the sediment from our dry hopping etc. gets spun out. Leaving us a much clearer beer.


Just look at what it does to Red Ale!


The McGargles Big Wheel of Excuses

This Sunday Ireland will square up to France in Euro 2016.

To say we have a score to settle with France is probably an understatement (you know what we’re talking about Henry). This is guaranteed to be a huge match. Win, lose or draw, there’s a very big chance there might be a you-shaped hole in work on Monday.

Never fear, if you need an exit strategy for the day after, we have you covered. Spin the wheel, pick the excuse, ring the boss then head back to that fort you had started to build in bed. Happy days!


The McGargles Big Wheel of Excuses

Carrick Carnival

McGargles at Carrick Carnival

Carrick Carnival Hamper

The whole family is heading to Carrick Carnival!

Carrick Carnival is back for 2016 and we’re going to be there pouring beautiful, small-batch beer as well as Trader Tommy’s Cider. There’s loads going on at this year’s carnival and to celebrate, we want to give you a chance to win.

This year’s Carrick Carnival will feature:

  • A spectacular Opening Parade
  • Fireworks Display and Water Dance Show
  • Carrick’s Fittest Club
  • Taste of Carrick
  • Carnival Night
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Air Display
  • Stunt Bike Show
  • Raft race and much much more…

To celebrate the return of The Carrick Carnival for 2016, we’re giving away a beautiful craft beer hamper with bottles, glasses, t-shirts and more! Winning couldn’t be any easier, all you have to do is enter your details below…simple! We’ll be picking a winner on the night and announcing it on the night and on our Twitter page.

Good luck!

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McGargles is available on draught in Carrick in: Ging’s, Cryan’s, Oarsman, Anchorage, Moon River, Flynn’s, Percy Whelan’s & Murtagh’s.

Carrick Carnival