Northside Brewery among winners at Guaranteed Irish Business Awards

by Rose Barrett
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Hope Beer, based in Kilbarrack on Dublin’s Northside, scooped the inaugural Food & Beverage award, at the recent Guaranteed Irish Business Awards.

Leading local businesses filled The Great Room at The Shelbourne Hotel to celebrate the success and resilience of Ireland’s homegrown and multinational businesses across various sectors, especially during two hard years of pandemic restrictions.

Hope, which celebrated its fifth birthday last year, brews a range of award-winning craft beers in its state-of-the-art brewhouse on the Kilbarrack Road. Over the last 15 months the brewery has expanded its operations with additional warehouse space, new packaging equipment while also expanding the number of employees.

Commenting on the award which was sponsored by SuperValu and Centra,, Des McSwiggan, co-founder of Hope said: “We were up against some really well-established brands so it means a lot to be recognised by our peers and the ethos of Guaranteed Irish of providing quality jobs, supporting local communities and being committed to Irish provenance is something we fully believe in and support.”

“Myself, Jeanne and Wim founded the brewery and as we are from the area we are very conscious of our place in the community. When we can we want to give-back and support local clubs and initiatives, such as our involvement with Suttonians Rugby Club and Shelbourne FC. Ensuring our beers are brewed with as many Irish ingredients as possible is also important to us; for example we aim to source 90% of our grain bill from Irish suppliers.”

Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish said,Congratulations to all our worthy winners at the inaugural Guaranteed Irish Business Awards!

“What a terrific celebration of Ireland’s leading businesses that support local jobs and contribute to Ireland, its people, and its economy. The calibre of entries for our inaugural awards was exceptional, and we encourage all Guaranteed Irish businesses to get involved in next year’s application process’’.

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