Microbreweries and craft beers are becoming increasingly popular in both Norway and Ireland. The popularity of craft beer is encouraging entrepreneurial spirit and pose as an innovative addition to the beer industry. Norway has around 90 craft beer breweries, whilst Ireland has around 60. The majorities of these emerged in 2014 and 2015, and the number will likely continue to grow in the near future. As the interest in craft beer is blossoming across our two nations, we have a few suggestions to how you can enjoy some quality beer in the upcoming months.
The Irish Beer and Whiskey Village (March 16th - 19th) is a three day craft beer festival coinciding with the St. Patrick’s Day festival in Dublin. If you are interested in combining the most famous Irish Holiday with Craft beer, you can follow this link: http://www.irishbeerandwhiskeyfestival.com/festival-info-1/#festival-info
Killarney Beer Festival (May 27th-29th) celebrates Irish Craft Beers and Ciders by offering Beer tasting, master classes, awards and competitions for beer lovers. http://killarneybeerfestival.com/
If you are planning to take an early summer break in Norway, Hamar Ølfestival will kick off for the 13th time from the 2nd to the 5th of June. https://wp.beerfest.no/
Around the same time, Akerselva Ølfestival will take place in Oslo from Saturday June 4th to Sunday June 5th. The festival will present craft beer from all over the world, but with a primary focus on Scandinavian craft beer. https://www.facebook.com/akerselvaolfestival/timeline
These are just some examples of the emerging industry of craft beer can be seen in both Ireland and Norway in the coming months. In addition, there are many breweries that welcome visitors and many of the craft beer brands can be located across pubs and bars in both Norway and Ireland.