Brewery News: WA: Bothell: Foggy Noggin in final stages of acquiring Galway Hooker

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/PRNewswire/ -- Foggy Noggin Brewing today announced it has agreed to purchase Galway Hooker, based in Oranmore County Galway, Ireland. Since 2006, Galway Hooker has brewed an award-winning portfolio of beers, including Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale and some of the industry's most innovative and sophisticated brands.

Galway Hooker is a brand of craft beer which is brewed by an independent microbrewery in Oranmore County Galway, Ireland. It was created by two cousins, Aidan Murphy and Ronan Brennan, in 2006 and the name of the beer was decided by a public competition to choose a name.

Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale is the brewery's flagship product and is brewed in 650 litre batches. The beer is similar to traditional Pale Ales such as that brewed in the USA, but has an added taste of caramel similar to an Irish red beer. It is made from mainly pearl and crystal malt and Saaz and Cascade hops. It has a bitterness of 35 IBUs and is 4.3% alcohol by volume.

The beer is available kegged on draught and is available in pubs throughout Galway, Dublin, Cork and Roscommon and other towns across Ireland. Bottling began in June 2011 and bottles of Galway Hooker Irish Pale Ale and Galway Hooker Irish Stout are available throughout the country in independent off-licences, local supermarkets, restaurants and hotels.

The brewery's range also includes their Galway Hooker Irish Stout available which is also in bottle and on draft. It also produces a number of specials available in Galway City, a dark wheat beer and a pilsner. The brewery has also brewed some festival beer specials including an Irish Coffee Porter, a Weissbier and a dry hopped IPA.

The alignment of these two well respected and unique to their local communities’ breweries will allow Foggy Noggin Brewing and Galway Hooker to introduce both brands in each other’s current markets. Expansion production plans in both Bothell and Oranmore will be announced soon after the purchase is officially closed.

Foggy Noggin’s purchase of Galway Hooker is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2015. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Foggy Noggin
Foggy Noggin Brewing has been brewing award winning traditional English Ales for 5 years.
Through in depth research and sourcing of U.K. ingredients, Foggy Noggin has developed a local and regional reputation of brewing authentic English Ales. Current capacity of Foggy Noggin is 130 BBL’s annually, and still brews on their original 1⁄2 BBL brew house. Foggy Noggin is best known for its 2 flagship branded ales: Bit O’Beaver (English Bitter) and Christmas Duck (Porter). Its flagship brewery remains in Bothell, WA and is among the smallest commercial breweries in the world. For more information, visit:
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