Welcome to Ireland’s newest craft brewery.
It has taken us nearly two years to get to where we are now, from concept to shiny new brewery producing some tasty beers.
First we needed a business plan, then we had to convince a load of people that we were not crazy, from family and friends to banks and enterprise and development boards. Once we convinced them and ourselves that actually it was a good idea, we then had to decide on a location and find the right site. By October 2010 we had a location, set in the foothills of the beautiful Galtee mountains in Mitchelstown. Now we needed to acquire some equipment. Luckily for us Carlow Brewing were expanding and their 15 HL brewhouse was up for sale; we grabbed it quickly. Then for the next 6 months, we worked on the paperwork trail securing a brewers licence, a bonded warehouse discharge licence, health and safety, HACCP plan, oh the joys of paperwork. We couldn’t wait to get started and get brewing again.
Finally the day arrived, April 1. Yes we were going to do our first commercial brew on April Fools day, possibly an appropriate day. But, we are optimists, we got a brew together, albeit a day late, probably a good thing and finally launched at the Franciscan Well Brewpub in Cork over Easter 2011.
We are delighted with the response thus far to our first beer, a golden ale called Howling Gale Ale.
Now to get started on number two…