A huge boost for Tipperary craft brewers.
Labour TD Alan Kelly has said that he’s delighted that his bill to allow Craft Brewers sell their own produce on their premises to visitors and locals has passed all stages in the Dail and will pass the Seanad this week.
This will then become law and be a huge boost to local craft brewers.
He said he drafted this legislation because he felt it was ridiculous that Craft brewers were unable to sell their own produce from their own premises.
He cotninued – “Can you imagine visiting a vineyard in Spain, Italy or France and not been able to buy a bottle of wine afterwards. It would be ridiculous, however that is the situation here in Ireland until my legislation becomes law.
“I have been present in Breweries where visitors from all over the world did tours and yet were unable to purchase any produce afterwards.
“This bill which is supported by Failte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority will create a new tourism product in Ireland whereby domestic and international visitors will be able to go on guided tours across a range of breweries and distilleries across Ireland. This will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors in the years to come.
“In Tipperary this will have a huge impact for the four craft brewers in our county; White Gypsy in Templemore, Con’s Cider in Cahir, Longways Cider in Carrick on Suir and Canvas Brewery in Aglish.
“I want to thank each of them for their encouragement and support over the last number of years. They are fantastic people who are creating much needed jobs in rural parts of Ireland and deserve to be supported by everyone in Tipperary”.