At my last count we have 25 physical brewery sites here in Northern Ireland with 5 contracts.
|Interactive Google Maps NI Breweries 2016|
COUNTY L'DERRY -
First up, the newest kid on the block - expect the opening of Heaney Farmhouse Brewing in Bellaghy in the next day or so. Best of luck to Mal and co.
Walled City and Dopey Dick (Derry City)
COUNTY ANTRIM -
Knockout, Boundary and Hercules (Belfast),
Glens of Antrim (Ballycastle),
Hilden (Lisburn) and brewpubs Brewbot (Belfast) & Speckled Hen (Black Mountain brewery, Derriaghy)
COUNTY TYRONE -
Pokertree (Carrickmore) and
brewpub The Brewer's House (Red Hand brewery at Donaghmore)
COUNTY FERMANAGH -
Sheelin (Bellanaleck) and Inishmacsaint (Derrygonnelly) - Sheelin has scaled down production recently and Inishmacsaint will make an announcement very soon about its future.
COUNTY DOWN -
Station Works (Newry - is this classed as a micro any more? Anyway, I believe it's soon moving to County Louth),
Mourne Mountains (Warrenpoint),
Whitewater (Kilkeel but soon to be Castlewellan),
Ards (Greyabbey) and
Contract companies (registered in Northern Ireland but brewed by other breweries) include Clanconnel/McGraths, Clearsky, Gallopers/NightCap, Cloughmore and Sailortown)
Maltmeister from Bangor came and unfortunately went in the last year but there's a new brewery in the piepline a few miles down the road in Donaghadee - keep an eye out for Twisted Kettle sometime in 2017.
I'm sure there are others on the way, let me know if you know.
Let's hope Northern Ireland's Class of 2016 will be able to sell directly to the public in 2017 if Stormont MLAs get their backsides in gear in the first half of the year. Things are happening folks, slowly, but it's happening. A Craft Drinks Bill has been launched in the Republic which is proposing a change in the law there to allow breweries to sell onsite. With any luck and persistent social media contact, a #NICraftDrinksBill won't be far away.