Brewery Tours in Ireland by County

I am not a big beer drinker. I just never really warmed up to the stuff. (Perhaps I didn’t have enough fun in college?). My husband on the other hand loves to try new brews when he gets the chance. Of course that means he usually tries a few samples while we are in Ireland.

Drinking a pint of Bulmers
Bulmers Irish Cider (ok, so it’s not beer, but yumm!) .

During one of our trips, we were in a fabulous pub in Letterkenny, Donegal, The Brewery Bar, and Joe asked the bartender for a recommendation. He ended up with a wit beer from the White Hag Brewing Company located in Sligo. He was in love. He actually still talks about this beer. It got me thinking…

There are dozens of local breweries in Ireland. Many of them offer tours including the big ones like Guinness Storehouse (of course!) and small microbreweries that you’ve never heard of. I thought I would do a little digging and compile a list of brewery tours in Ireland (at my own peril—Joe will want to see them all).

Ingredients on a Brewery Tour in IrelandIf you are up for something a little different, I’d highly suggest doing a tour of a small brewery. One that requires you to email or call the brewery in advance to book. Yes, it will be scheduled so you will have to make room for it in your itinerary, but it will be intimate, detailed and so much fun to hear the story behind the drink from the people that poured their lives into it (see what I did there? Poured. Ha! I crack myself up).

Of course all of them end with at least a taster, which is always fun (just make sure you drink responsibly and have a designated driver—Ireland has a lower alcohol limit than the US at .05%). Now the list:

Brewery Tours in Ireland

County Carlow:

Carlow Brewing Company Ltd (O’Hara’s)
Tours are Friday afternoons at 1:30 by appointment or contact for additional times if you have a group
Royal Oak Road, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland

County Cork:

9 White Deer
Tours are Monday-Friday 9:30 am- 5 pm. Book in advance.
Killeen, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork, Ireland

Blacks of Kinsale
Book in advance. Tours beginning May 2017
Farm Lane, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland

Cotton Ball Brewing Co.
Book in advance (includes, pizza, t-shirt & branded glass!).
18 Old Youghal Rd, Mayfield, Co. Cork, Ireland

Munster Brewery
Book in advance. Their website says: Phone, text, email, tweet, pm, dm or write us an old fashioned love letter (I think I like their style already!). Payment in cash.
Unit 2F, Youghal Business Park, Parkmountain, Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland

County Donegal:

Kinnegar Brewing
Book in advance. See website for specific dates and times. Payment in cash.
Aughavannon, Rathmullan, County Donegal, Ireland

County Dublin:

Guinness Storehouse
Buy tickets online for a discount and a set entry time or in person when you arrive.
St. James’s Gate, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland

County Kerry:

West Kerry Brewery
Book in advance.
An Riasc, Ballyferriter, (Dingle,) Co. Kerry, Ireland

Killarney Brewing Company
Book tickets online. Tours resume March 2017.
Muckross Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

County Kildare:

Rye River Brewing Company
Tour runs at 6:30 PM on Fridays or 3:00 PM on Saturdays. Book tickets online.
Donaghcumper, Dublin Road, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland

County Kilkenny:

Highbank Orchards (Ok not a brewery but Cider, which way more up my alley)
Book in advance.
Highbank Farm, Cuffesgrange, Co Kilkenny, Ireland

Smithwicks Beer Tour
Tours operate daily from March – October 10 am – 6 pm (last tour at 5 pm), from November – February 11am – 5pm (last tour leaves at 4 pm). Recommended to buy (discounted) ticket online in advance.
44 Parliament St, Gardens, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

County Limerick:

JJ’s Craft Brewing Company
Call or email to book tour.
Kilmallock Enterprise Centre, Bruree Road, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick, Ireland

County Louth:

Jack Cody’s Brewery
Check website for updated tour times and dates. Book in advance online.
Unit 4 Boyne Business Park, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

Boyne Brewhouse
Tours starting in 2017. Contact for more information.
Lagavooren, Platin Rd., Drogheda, Co. Meath, Ireland.

County Monaghan:

Brehon Brewhouse
Tours operate Tuesday-Friday: 10 AM-4 PM. Book in advance. Contact for more information.
Dunelty Inniskeen, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Ireland

County Roscommon:

Black Donkey Brewery
Tours operate Thursday & Friday: 10:30 AM -12:30 PM.  Book in advance.
Srah, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

County Sligo:

Lough Gill Brewing Company
Tours operate Wednesdays 5 PM – 7 PM and Saturday 12 PM- 3 PM or private tour can be arranged.  Tours last one hour. Book in advance.
Unit 1, Cleveragh Business Park, Cleveragh, Co. Sligo, Ireland

County Waterford:

Dungarvan Brewing Company
Book in advance.
Westgate Business Park, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Metalman Brewing
Tours operate on Fridays at 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00 PM. Email to book in advance.
14 Tycor Business Centre, Tycor, Waterford, Co. Waterford, Ireland

County Wexford:

Clever Man Irish Craft Beer (Drew Fox Brewing Company)
Book in advance.
Unit 8, West Point Business Park, Clonard, Wexford, Ireland

County Wicklow:

Manor Brewing
Book in advance.
The Bell Tower, Manor Kilbride, Co. Wicklow, W91 AE09, Ireland

Wicklow Brewing
Email to book in advance.
Galtrim Park, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

Wicklow Brewery
Book online in advance at 5:00 PM daily.
Main Street, Redcross, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

Bottles

Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below. Happy touring!

 There are dozens of local breweries in Ireland. Many of them offer tours including the big ones like Guinness Storehouse (of course!) and small microbreweries that you’ve never heard of. I thought I would do a little digging and compile a list of brewery tours in Ireland.
 There are dozens of local breweries in Ireland. Many of them offer tours including the big ones like Guinness Storehouse (of course!) and small microbreweries that you’ve never heard of. I thought I would do a little digging and compile a list of brewery tours in Ireland.

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8 Comments

  1. My husband’s favorite beer in all of Ireland was from Co. Galway… Galway Hooker. I think it was a Pale Ale. He still talks about it all the time too!

    1. Yes! I saw that one while digging up all the tours in Ireland. Joe hasn’t tried it yet (but there is still time!). I will have to let him know. :-)

  2. Stephanie: unlike you I had more than my fair share of beer while in college! Maybe that’s why I hardly touch the stuff anymore. However, while in Ireland, I am content to order a pint (Guinness of course) and be happy with it. Funny, in my younger days I couldn’t stand it–my what I missed! Myself, I prefer the whiskey tours–I’ve done Kilbeggan, Tullamore and Jameson (Middleton). Great post for the craft beer drinker, though!

  3. Another for your list: YellowBelly Beer. The brewery is now beneath their pub Simon Lambert & Sons in Wexford. They are building a new brewery. I’m not sure of the completion date but I imagine they’ll have tours when it’s done. The pub has a great selection on tap from many breweries as well as a good variety in bottles and cans and imports. The owners are very friendly. We discovered them on our month-long trip last summer. Their web site is http://simonlambertandsons.ie/

  4. Stephanie, I can attest to the deliciousness of Kinsale’s IPA (KPA). Next time you’re in Cork treat Joe to one. And if you wanna send one my way, that’d be cool too :)

  5. My husband’s favorite beer was Kilkenny from Kilkenny. He has only found it one place in CA so far but is still searching. Maybe a reason to go back!

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