Over the years, the company has worked closely with Donegal Local Enterprise Office, securing Business Expansion Grants and funding through the LEO Innovation Investment Fund. In 2015, Kinnegar Brewing represented Donegal and made it to the final eight of the National Enterprise Awards.
Kinnegar exports to France, Italy, the Netherlands and Great Britain but the brewery’s most highly prized market remains the island of Ireland.
I actually don’t like the term craft beer. We’re brewers — we’re just smaller than the bigger brewers. It’s not as though we’re a completely different category or product, we’re just about producing well-made beers.
The change since 2013 has been massive. At the time of our launch, there were just 20 or so small-to-medium craft breweries in Ireland. There was space on the shelves, so if you came in with a good core range, you could get a spot. Now, you have to come in with something very different.
Assists a business promoter(s) with researching market demand for a product or service and with examining its sustainability.
Assists micro-enterprises in the first 18 months of start-up. It covers 50% of eligible costs, subject to an €80K LEO contribution.