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Craft Breweries in Ireland?

Charlotte, North...
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Craft Breweries in Ireland?

My husband is a big fan of local/craft breweries. I read about a small brewery in Dingle that we plan to check out. Does anyone know of any others worth visiting?

Also, I read that the Smithwick's brewery is closed for renovations (I realize this is not a craft brewery), but does anyone know when it may be re-opening?


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1. Re: Craft Breweries in Ireland?

This is the site you want to check out for details


They are a little bit purist though and they've removed two of the better known examples (The Franciscan Well in Cork and O'Hara's in Carlow) for getting too big.

It will largely depend on where you're going, but in general there's a good spread around the country now.

There's a better spread in the South and East of the country because of a larger population to market to and because the land is better for growing Barley, which is the main ingredient. There are, however, good breweries elsewhere. I particularly like the Kinnegar beers from Donegal.

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2. Re: Craft Breweries in Ireland?

Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare next door to the Burren Smokehouse which is also worth a visit if you like smoked salmon

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3. Re: Craft Breweries in Ireland?

We enjoyed the Oslo Bar very much (Galway Bay Brewing Company) in Salthill--they have multiple locations. The beer was excellent.


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5. Re: Craft Breweries in Ireland?

Blackgreen, Franciscan Well was removed as they are now owned by Molson Coors and do not adhere to the Irish governments criteria for a micro brewery. Carlow Brewing has not been removed and can be found here


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6. Re: Craft Breweries in Ireland?

This is one in Waterford - http://www.metalmanbrewing.com/ I know it is stocked in Revolution in John Street, and in other places.

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I don't think many of the breweries allow tours for the public, but you'd need to check each one individually. If you're hitting Dublin there is a decent selection of pubs serving Irish and international craft beers, both on draught and bottled.

The brewery in Dingle caused a bit of a stir among beer enthusiasts as their draught beer is brewed on site but the bottled version is brewed outside of Ireland.

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9. Re: Craft Breweries in Ireland?

Porterhouse in Dublin makes good beers.

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10. Re: Craft Breweries in Ireland?

Beoir removing Fran Well from their listing is not about being purist, most of those involved with the organisation still drink their beer and visit their pub but the site's intention is to promote Irish beer brewed by Irish organisations on the island of Ireland!

(getting down off the soapbox...)

You can tour Carlow Brewing in Bagnalstown. They run tours for the public most Thursdays at 4pm but you need to prebook. Bear in mind it's a working brewery and you'll need to wear close toe shoes and hi-vis jackets! http://www.carlowbrewing.com/brewery-tour/

JW Sweetman are the only brewpub in Dublin and they run tours most Wednesdays. http://www.jwsweetman.ie/index.html

Other breweries run tours from time to time in conjunction with Beoir and Dublin Craft Beer Ladies Society meetup.com/Dublin-Ladies-Craft-Beer-Society/ keep an eye on their websites!

Smithwick's is due to open in Summer 2014 but it wont be a working brewery. It'll be more like the Guinness Storehouse Experience.