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Booze news

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

Fancy a Black Biddy? It’s a fast-selling stout brewed in County Clare at the Biddy Early microbrewery in Inagh.

Founded by the late publican and industrial chemist Peadar Garvey, the brewery is now run by his son Niall, and is making aggressive moves on the U.S. market.

Red Biddy, a red ale and Blonde Biddy, a lager, joined the stout last year, and all are made with organically grown ingredients.

“At present microbreweries have less than 1 percent of the beer market in Ireland — but microbrewing has spread around the country during the last few years. In the U.S., microbrewing has now taken nearly 10 percent of the market and I would like to see this happening in Ireland,” Garvey said.

Biddy Early has seen its sales grow by 800 percent in the last few years.

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