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Céad míle sláinte is the message one Irish craft brewery is pushing as the industry faces its second St Patrick’s Day under pandemic conditions.

The industry was forced to adapt when pubs across the country closed their doors on March 15 last year. The timing could not have been worse for Irish craft brewers. Tap takeovers had been planned across the continent for St Patrick’s Day and thousands of kegs had been shipped.

And it ...