An interesting article shows the vicissitude of the roots of the craft beer markets, in differing locations.
"Artisan start-ups are flourishing in Ireland. Natalie Whittle meets a craft beer business brewing up a storm"
Title is in the print edition is 'Stout Hearted', on bottom page 7 Arts section, June 28/29 2014, Financial Times, just below the recipe for Strawberry pie.
It is said to be a .."craft-beer renaissance that embraces traditional methods".
Dungarvan Brewing is just one, the focus of this article.
This seems to have been related to the recession as we know, that Ireland was rising fast, then its economy nose-dived. As a result of the recession "a lot of people became unemployed....shorter work hours....had to supplement their income..."
And that seems to be when the Irish reached into their ancestral heritage, with 'start-up' food and beer companies.
Unlike my observations about the craft market's rise here in the States, which is based on making up for a tradition that never existed, that of making good beer, in Ireland, the catalyst is reaching into their long history, on a smaller scale.
"The recession has seen food and drink start-ups flourish all over Ireland, where a family beer business is brewing up a storm"-FT (Artisan food: Irish start-ups
By Natalie Whittle)
I would love to sample some of the home roasted barley beer from Dungarvan Brewing.......sounds yummy.