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Wetherspoons Debut

We are proud to announce we are now starring in Wetherspoons nationwide. 

A selection of our beers will be available on cask. 

Cask is a traditional method for dispensing  beer is through a hand-operated hydraulic pump, the beer is then drawn up from the cellar into the glass. Cask pulled beer should never be flat. It will be gently effervescent, there should be a light prickle on the palate and it should be topped with a lovely white head.  

Cask conditioned beer is described as tasting a live product, full of flavour and character and beer in its natural state. 

Find your nearest Wetherspoons here.

Coffee and Oatmeal Stout Seasonal Release 2021/22

This well loved classic coffee and oatmeal stout, made with oats from Flahavan’s Mills in Kilmacthomas and infused with Waterford Coffee House Lane award winning artisan hand roasted coffee  – the annual release generally signifies the beginning of the yuletide season for many.

Find out more about this beer 

Can Debut 

This years winter brew – coffee and oatmeal stock making its first can appearance.

Now in stores nationwide in bottle and can for winter 2021/22

Find your nearest stockist

Summer Can Launch 2021

Next joining the Can Conditioned range next is Ireland’s first microbrewed alcohol free beer, Main Sail Pale Ale.

This beer was developed to give a refreshing hoppy flavour without the alcohol content. Coming in at 0.4% abv it is defined as an alcohol free product and can be enjoyed in place of a regular beer.

Plenty of hops give a lively, refreshing citrus and herbal flavour to this light bodied pale ale. 

On release nationwide in cans from week ending 22nd June.

Our first seasonal can release – Greenway Pale Ale.


The Waterford Greenway, a scenic coastal walking and cycling track along the old railway line from Waterford to Dungarvan.



First launched in the summer of 2018 in bottle, now back for summer 2021 in can form ready to be taken on your Greenway adventures.  This refreshing beer has been generously hopped with Simcoe, Citra and Amarillo to give a lively citrus flavour the perfect restorative beer after a (long or short!) trek on our coastal route.

Now on release and available throughout the country, make sure to plan your trip to finish your Greenway experience with a few of these cans this summer!

Can Conditioned Beer Launch 2021

Launch Date 26th April 2021

We are delighted announce the launch of our range of can conditioned beers, a first from us here in Dungarvan!

Our beers have always been bottle conditioned, and with the growth in popularity in canned beer over the last few years there was a puzzle to be solved in terms of how to go from a beer conditioned in the bottle, to a canned product.

Although the obvious answer was to go with contract canners, and condition beer to go into a can elsewhere, this didn’t sit right us here, as from day one prided ourselves on doing everything on site at the brewery.  Each bottle label declares that the beer inside was ‘Brewed and Bottled in Dungarvan’ so it was only ever going to be done at the brewery.

“As we’ve always produced bottle conditioned beers we knew that when it came to canning we didn’t want to stray too far from our core values.  So we decided to work on a can conditioning process in which, similar to our bottles,  the beer is packaged flat (unconditioned) then undergoes a second fermentation process in our warm room, in which carbon dioxide is produced, going back into the beer to give us a fully carbonated beer at the end of the process” – Cormac O’Dwyer, Head Brewer

The result is a naturally carbonated beer which is unfiltered and unpasteurised giving the full flavour and quality expected of a Dungarvan beer in a new format.  Our cans are fully recyclable, once the low stick label has been been peeled off they’re ready to pop in the recycle bin!

The first beers to be released by the brewery in cans are core range beers Helvick Gold and Mine Head plus the re-release of springtime favourite Mahon Falls, a Rye Pale Ale at 5.1% abv.
 

The canned range is now on nationwide release, and available to retailers through our distribution partners Fourcorners.  More beers are being planned to go into cans in the coming weeks, follow our social media channels to stay up to date!

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Can Conditioned Beer Trials


Here in Dungarvan we are staving off the January blues with some R+D, and working with cans instead of bottles for a while to trial Can Conditioned Beer.

Can Trials 2021

With the rise of canned beers over the past few years, it’s the question we get asked most often and the discussion we’ve had most – will Dungarvan ever release their beer in cans?  With all the discussion and consideration, what held us back was changing our process from a bottle conditioned product, which we have always believed produces the best quality and best tasting beer, to a force carbonated product.  By working on a can conditioned beer we can keep our core ethos, retaining the character of the beer – undergoing its secondary fermentation in the bottle (or can) to produce a natural carbonation in the beer.


CANditioning

Like our bottled conditioning process, here’s how it works: we can the beer unfiltered so that the live yeast is present in the can after packaging.  The beer then undergoes a second fermentation process in the can, creating more CO2, which gives the beer its bubbles.  This leads to a natural carbonation, preserving the beer’s quality and enhancing its flavour.  After going through the conditioning process the yeast will fall away to the bottom of the can, leaving a natural yeast sediment behind.  Anyone familiar with our bottled beers, or any other bottle conditioned beers, will be familiar with this sediment!

The first trial batches of cans are now gone into our warm room for the yeast to work its magic. There are still lots of trials and research ahead of us at the brewery for the next few weeks and all going well we are hoping to have our first ever can release in March.  These will be available nationwide through our wholesale partners, Fourcorners.

 

Two Headed Can Filler for Can Conditioned Beer
Two Headed Can Filler

Stay tuned to our Instagram , Twitter and Facebook pages for updates of Ireland’s first full time range of can conditioned beer. 

Covid-19 Statement March 2020.

At Dungarvan Brewing Company we have been monitoring the Covid-19 outbreak closely and introduced best practise in line with the HSE Guidelines for the containment of the virus and the wellbeing of our staff and customers.

For this reason, we will be taking no visitors to the brewery, including tours, until the end of March, after which time we will reassess the situation.  We are also working closely with West Waterford Festival of Food for an event we are planning to take place at the brewery in April, and will update on that in due course.

Our production is continuing as normal for the foreseeable future and only pre-arranged visitors for deliveries and collections will be allowed access the brewery, with universal measures in terms of hand washing, covering of coughs and sneezes and disinfecting of brewing equipment as well as office surfaces in place.  We hope to have no interruption to the supply of our beer but have put preparations in place to shut down production should brewers feel unwell with symptoms and need to be isolated.

We will make further decisions on reinstating our brewery tours at the end of March based on guidance from relevant authorities and at this point are hopeful that we’ll start up our annual Summer Series  again in May.  Stay tuned to our social media accounts for details of dates and further updates.

Main Sail Alcohol Free Beer

Now part of our Core Range

After our successful limited sale of our Alcohol Free Beer Main Sail in Summer 2019. Due to popular demand we have decided to make Main Sail a member of our Core Range.

Here’s Why;

Our Alcohol Free Beer has a great taste but also holds many health benefits.

  • While drinking alcohol free beer we associate the flavour and smell with full strength beer. Making Main Sail a great alternative to Alcoholic drinks in general.
  • Beer is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Alcohol Free Beer provides all the benefits of these without the negative effects of alcohol.
  • Main Sail holds isotonic properties, energising and quenches thirst. More and more athletes are replacing their sports drinks with non-alcoholic beer. Isotonic drinks replace fluids and electrolytes lost through sweating, preventing cramping and aids recovery.
  • Drinking alcohol free beer is a good way to stay hydrated. Anything below 2% ABV will rehydrate you rather than dehydrate.
  • Beer is rich in a dietary chemical called Silicon which comes from the Hops the beer is made from. Silicon is a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density, therefore strengthening bones.

The Beer

Irelands first micro-brewed alcohol free beer. We took a while developing this beer to get it just right, To give a refreshing hoppy flavour without the alcohol content. Coming in at 0.4% abv it is defined as an alcohol free product and can be enjoyed in place of a regular beer.

Plenty of hops give a lively, refreshing citrus and herbal flavour to this light bodied pale ale.

 

 

Beer Info
Style: Pale Ale
ABV: <0.5%
Hops: Amarillo, Challenger
Malts: Munich, Caramalt, Crystal Malt, Cararoma
Allergens: Contains Barley
A song will lift
As the mainsail shifts
And the boat drifts on to the shoreline

Member’s Club

With great fanfare we declare our brewery member’s club open for 2019!

Following on from our tasting room redevelopment, the next phase is the launch of our Brewery Member’s Club which gives you discounts and access to events at our brewery and elsewhere, along with an invite to the official opening party on May 25th. Join our Member’s Club to become part of the gang here and share in our special events taking place in the brewery throughout the summer.

Included in Membership:

  • Welcome pack with brewery swag and merchandise, and a branded pint glass
  • Brewery Tour and Tasting for Six People. Bring your friends or come again and again!
  • Invite for you and a guest to our brewery open day event on May 25th
  • First Taste – invite to exclusive first pour events throughout Ireland
  • 10% discount code for purchases of any other brewery events or merchandise sales
  • Monthly newsletter update on brewery happenings and upcoming events

What you need to do:

It’s quite simple – fill in your details and let us take care of the rest! On purchase we’ll drop you a welcome email, then get your welcome pack posted out to you. You’ll be supplied with discount codes to book tours, events and merchandise either at the brewery or through our online shop and we’ll confirm your place at our open day event in May. Having received everything, it’s in your hands to book your six tour places at a date that suits you, and you’ll receive a monthly newsletter from us with details of upcoming events both at the brewery and around the country where you can get booking discount or an exclusive invite, depending on the the event.

If you’ve any queries drop us a line and we’ll do our best to answer them!

Nine Years Later

On April 9th 2010 we gathered in The Tannery for the launch of our brewery, followed up with a party for friends in Downey’s Bar in Dungarvan and first pours of our range. What a nine years that has been!

Cormac launching the brewery in Downey’s Bar, 9th April 2010

From an initial core range of three beers, we started adding seasonals beginning with our Coffee and Oatmeal Stout in 2011 and many one-off brews and festival specials. Nine years later our core range has grown to five, with regular seasonals and small batch releases. Added to this is our Greenway Pale Ale, released in 2018 and this year’s batch currently on release. Next to be added to the line up is an alcohol free beer, which is scheduled for release at the end of this month.

Hand bottling beers in the early days!
Hand bottling our 500,000th bottle

We’ve gone from hand bottling to semi automation, and seeing the craft brewing world grow from just seven microbreweries in Ireland when we started to upwards of seventy now. Our own brewery has changed and developed, along with the market and the Irish craft beer scene as a whole.

Easter Beer Festival 2010
Our first outing at Easterfest 2010. Sharing noobs corner with Trouble Brewing.

Making friends

Throughout our journey we have made so many new friends in the brewing and food world in Ireland and beyond. We’ve enjoyed festivals, tastings and collaborations, hosted tours and held long table dinners at the brewery, worked with many local producers and are proud members of Food The Waterford Way which promotes collaboration within the Waterford food and drinks scene. We are founder members of the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland, a group which has campaigned hard on behalf of the small breweries of Ireland as well as promoting Irish craft beer through Indie Beer Week and the Independent Irish Craft Beer symbol.

Ballymaloe Steak Sauce
Ballymaloe Steak Sauce made with Black Rock

What’s next

Since the start of this year we have been working hard on developing our tours side of the business. Alongside our brand new website, we’ve completely rebuilt our tasting room. As a result, we can now accommodate groups of up to 35 and plan on opening up a lot more to visitors this year. From an ad-hoc offering we now offer regularly scheduled tours throughout the summer, on Wednesdays and Fridays, and have plans to add more specialist events to our calendar. As well as continuing to produce great beers, we will be further developing this side of the business and are set to announce plans for our Members Club, which will be launched in the coming days.

Time for cake!

So thanks to everyone for being with us along the way, and we hope you join us in raising a glass for our ninth birthday – and come with us as we enter our next phase.

Cheers!

Long Table Dinner

Photography by Pawel Lorenc, ‘I do’ Photography.

Last Friday we were delighted to host our first dining event at the brewery, a long table dinner in which we showcased West Waterford produce as part of the Waterford Way series of food events taking place throughout the summer.

Long Table Dinner
Table Setting for our Waterford Way dinner

Chef Shane McGrath of the Cliff House Hotel put together a showstopping six course tasting menu featuring delights such as Harty’s Oysters, Grantstown Tomatoes, Seagull Bakery breads, local lobster, halibut and monkfish, Ardmore carrots, Little Milk Company cheese, local strawberries and more.

Shane getting food ready for long table dinner
Chef Shane McGrath getting ready to serve

Guests were welcomed with a drink in our tasting room, before being brought through to the brewery which had been transformed for the evening into a fine dining space with white linen tablecloths contrasting with fermenters and brewkits.

Jen welcoming guests
Jen – An Bean A Leanna – welcomes guests
Pre Dinner Drinks
Pre dinner drinks in the Tasting Room
Dinner Table
Fine dining in an industrial unit – table waiting for guests.

The brewery had undergone a transformation, and as the sunlight left all the wonderful magical lighting touches brought to life the surroundings

Candles
Bottles repurposed into candle holders.

The menu for the Long Table Dinner showcased the best of the region, with many of the producers featured part of the newly launched Waterford Way food trail.  Using as many of these producers as possible, Shane put together a sumptuous menu which thrilled all the diners.  Each course was paired with a Dungarvan Brewing Company beer, with head brewer Cormac talking diners through the beers and the selection.

Menu
Each course was paired with a Dungarvan beer.
Menu
The menu showcased producers from the Waterford Way
Oysters
First course of Harty’s Oysters and Helvick Smoked Halibut, Potato and Dill Cake is served.
Diners
Convivial atmosphere, friends old and new.
Cheers
Flutes of Black Rock served with the first course

In all, it was a superb night and a long time goal of ours met here at the brewery. We look forward to doing it all again soon, and would like to extend a huge thanks to our diners who put their faith in us and came along to this crazy idea we had, to Shane for producing the most magnificent feast which absolutely astounded the guests, Jack for his assistance with Shane, Leeanne for creating the amazing atmosphere and serving on the night, all the local producers who got behind the event and provided ingredients and of course Pawel for coming along to photograph the night and giving us these amazing images.

See more of Pawel’s work at idophotographydungarvan.ie

Join us for our next dining event on Saturday 19th August, a middle eastern feast with our friends at Mezze.

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