The Dublin Craft Beer Cup is a competition, which allow craft brewers to showcase their brews to have them rated, tasted and analysed by an expert, international panel of judges. The 2016 winners is McGargles, Francis’ Big Bangin IPA. A full list of the medal winners can be accessed here

Award-winning brewers received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in eight different categories of beer, establishing the best examples of each. Entrants to the Dublin Craft Beer Cup are critiqued based on appearance, aroma, flavour, body, style and quality. 

Head Judge Dr. Gearóid Cahill, a Brewmaster with almost 20 years’ experience commented “The standard of craft brewing in Ireland and internationally is rising all the time. There is great interest among brewers in achieving independent expert recognition for their beers. The Dublin Craft Cup and medals awarded to brewers are a fantastic accolade from independent, experienced beer judges and showcase the finest quality craft beers”.


McGargles, Francis Big Bangin IPA

A full on West Coast style IPA at 7.1% alcohol that comes bangin’ down your door with a trio of Columbus, Mosaic and Simcoe hops which give it a tropical balanced flavour with a lingering aftertaste. It goes great with a spicy curry. A full list of medal winners can be found here.

Dublin Craft Cider Winner 2016

Orpens, Fresh Pressed Apple Cider

A cider made from carefully selected varieties of fresh apples crafting a cider that is not only balanced and crisp, but authentically delicious. With no added flavours or colourants and perhaps most importantly, not pasteurised, the finished cider keeps its great fresh apple flavour. A full list of medal winners can be found here.



Due to the success of the Cider competition last year, Alltech was proud to introduce The Dublin Craft Cider Cup in 2016 (replacing the Supreme Cider Certificate). The 2016 Dublin Craft Cider Cup winner is Orpens, Fresh Pressed Apple Cider. A full list of medal winners can be found here.

Head Judge, Dr. Gearóid Cahill, brewmaster, announced "Cider makers are demonstrating their craft in increasing numbers with a fantastic range of craft ciders now available. Alltech are delighted to announce the Dublin Craft Cider Cup and medal awards to recognise the finest quality ciders and provide independent accolades to cider makers, increasing awareness of their brands."