The Wicklow Brewery opened its doors on 5th September 2014. We had been toying with the idea of a micro brewery for some time as our tourists to Mickey Finn’s Pub were constantly looking for a local beer. With the Craft Beer revolution currently at its peak, we decided that it was a viable opportunity that tied in well with our existing tourism & hospitality business.
We have invested in a state of the art 15 Hl Braukon Brew-house. The Braukon manufacturing facility is based in Bavaria in Germany and employs over 18 brew-masters in the design and production of high spec brew-houses, which they send all over the world. Beers produced using the Braukon systems are consistently credited with world beer awards. They are the Mercedes of Brew Houses, with a reputation of producing high flavoured, smooth tasting superior beers.
The Brewery building was built using the highest specification materials including kagetec tile flooring, stainless steel cladding and argon gas stainless steel piping throughout. While some breweries outsource certain aspects of the brewing process, the aim at the Wicklow Brewery is to control the complete cycle from brewing to bottling, all taking place in our Brewery in Redcross.
As a result we have already recruited 3 full time local employees with a view to doubling next year with increased production. Keeping it local our spent grain is collected by Malcolm Fennel, a local dairy farmer who feeds it to his dairy herd. We use Irish Malt Barley whenever possible.
For those who wish to gain a greater understanding of our product, Brewery Tours are available with our Brew master, where you will learn the complete brewing process from tasting the malted barley to tasting the beers at different stages straight from their fermentation tanks.