Beer Ireland was formed in July 2012 to represent the interests of emerging Irish craft brewers. It came into being when a number of like minded individuals met for a brewing and distilling programme in Cork run by brewing consultant Tim O’Rourke. During the course of proceedings the need for an organisation to represent and promote craft brewing was identified and Beer Ireland was born. Since that time several other brewing courses have been run by the Taste4Success Skillnet, and Beer Ireland’s membership has grown accordingly. The organisation currently has nearly 100 members spread across Ireland and is focused on education and training for Irish craft brewers.