Strange brews pay off for crafty upstarts

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Chris Treanor, head brewer at Galway Bay Brewery. Picture: Michael Dillion

Industry figures believe craft beer is on course to take a 10 per cent market share in Ireland

Chris Treanor had a short apprenticeship at the Galway Bay Brewery – within three days of joining the Salthill-based company, he was head brewer. Now he is overseeing its third expansion in four years.

By the time this project is complete, Galway Bay’s brewing capacity will have doubled from 600 to 1,200 hectolitres; three years ago, it was just 160 hectolitres. Craft beer may only have a 2 per cent share of the market in Ireland,...

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