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OverviewLocated in Co. Monaghan, Brehon Brewhouse was founded by local dairy farmer Seamus McMahon, who takes inspiration from the wealth of literary and familial history that surrounds the area. Brehon Brewhouse’s brewer has created a range of well balanced and flavoursome ales that reflect the changing face of the beer market in Ireland. See where it all began with a visit to the milking parlour, followed by a trip to the brewery to see the master brewer and his apprentice at work. Round off this experience with a tasting of Brehon Brewhouse’s range in the McMahon family home. Tours are by appointment only. Read More
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This craft brewery is set amongst the rolling hills of County Monaghan, just a few miles from the birthplace of Patrick Kavanagh, the inspiration for Brehon Brewhouse’s India Pale Ale – Stony Grey IPA. The name of this brewery is inspired by the old Brehon Laws that governed medieval Ireland, which stated that every clan was allowed to brew beer for their own family. All of this wonderful heritage is incorporated into the Brehon Brewhouse brand and farm, which is part of Bord Bia’s Origin Green initiative.
Calling all literary lovers: Patrick Kavanagh’s poem ‘Stony Grey Soil’ inspired the name of the very first beer brewed at the Brehon Brewhouse. The poet was born just a few miles from the brewery, located on the McMahon family farm in Dunelty, Inniskeen Co. Monaghan.
The farm has been in the McMahon family for generations; it was originally a dairy farm and is still home to a dairy herd which Seamus milks every day. The brewing aspect came about as he started looking for a way to boost the farm’s productivity. At a time when craft brewing was taking off in Ireland, he decided to have a go. Sheds were converted for the brewery and a Master Brewer employed to create the beers. Brehon Brewhouse beers are now available in four countries, as well as the Irish market.
The Tasting Room at Brehon Brewhouse is located in the original family farmhouse, where Seamus’s grandparents raised eleven children, and where Seamus was also born. The name of this brewery is inspired by the old Brehon Laws that governed medieval Ireland, which stated that every clan was allowed to brew beer for their own family. All of this wonderful heritage is incorporated into the Brehon Brewhouse brand and farm, which is part of Bord Bia’s Origin Green initiative.
Brehon Brewhouse beers are available in local shops and pubs in Monaghan, various pubs in Dublin and all good independent off-licences and major supermarkets in Ireland.
Irish Craft Beer lovers will love the opportunity to visit a real time brewery and discover all the secrets that go into creating these wonderful beers. Brehon Brewhouse invite visitors to their farm to hear their story and to learn more about the brewing process.
Tours of the farm and brewery are available. Visitors can see the milking parlour and meet the McMahon herd which supplies milk to Glanbia and cream for the famous Bailey’s liqueur. Afterwards, the group moves on to the brewery to smell the specially selected malts that go into this beer and see the Master Brewer and his apprentice at work. All brewing, bottling and capping are done by hand. The tour then moves to the tasting room in the original family home, which still has the old range.
A tasting of beers follows, with brews for all tastes. Stony Grey is an Irish Pale Ale with floral pine flavours and malty spice, a great quaffer that washes down spicy foods and curries perfectly. Brehon Blonde is bottle conditioned to produce a pale golden beer with a rich malty finish, a good beer for fish and chips and other shellfish. Killanny Red is an Irish Red Ale handcrafted to give a malty, nutty flavour. Drink this one with a stew or roast beef – you can even use it in the gravy! Ulster Black is an Oatmeal Stout made from malted hops, barley and oatmeal. Full, robust and dark, this rich creamy stout is great with game and red meats. Shanco Dubh Porter harks back to the traditional porter style ales brewed in an Ireland of long ago. Dark and toasty in flavour, with hints of liquorice. Try it with a plate of oysters or some well-matured Irish farmhouse cheddar cheese. Brehon Brewhouse Summer Ale has the essence of an Irish summer, fresh and lively; it pairs well with barbecue pork and chicken and is a superb thirst quencher on those rare-but-lovely sunny Irish days.
Brehon Brewhouse creates a range of craft beers in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner. They are based on a family dairy farm (cows one side, beer the other side!) in Co. Monaghan. Brehon Brewhouse is Irish beer crafted by hand, and is a certified member of Bord Bia’s Origin Green sustainability programme.
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