The number of Irish breweries producing their own product has more than quadrupled since 2012, from 15 to 72, according to a new report published by the Drinks Industry
Group of Ireland (DIGI). This quadrupling has led to a total increase in microbrewery turnover from €8 million in 2012 to €52 million in 2016.
Brewers, distillers, cider producers, pubs, restaurants, hotels and off-licences are supporting and growing economic activity in Ireland—spread widely across the country.
Cork is 'beer hq' wih 14 percent of Ireland’s breweries located in the city and county, followed by 10 percent in Dublin, and 7 percent in each of the counties of Galway, Wicklow and Donegal. Every county in the Republic, bar Westmeath, has at least one brewery.
DIGI published its Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Drinks Industry report, authored by DCU economist Anthony Foley, to mark the launch of its annual Support Your Local campaign, an initiative designed to demonstrate of the importance of drinks and hospitality industry businesses to the economic, cultural and social fabric of Ireland.
The Irish drinks industry is Ireland’s fastest-growing manufacturing industry in terms of number of enterprises. Whereas the number of enterprises in the overall manufacturing sector has increased by less than a percent since 2008, the number of drinks industry enterprises has grown by 105 percent. In comparison, the number of enterprises in the second fastest-growing manufacturing industry, food, has grown by 28 percent in the same period.