“We don’t have indigenous wine, we have indigenous beer, and we could be eating it with our Irish food.”
Seamus O’Hara, is one of Ireland’s first brewers of independent craft beer.
He founded Carlow Brewing Company in 1996, long before pubs had beer menus, and over a decade before hundreds of craft beers gushed from the taps to titillate the taste buds of the more curious Irish drinkers.
Very few people in Ireland knew what craft beer was two decades ago. It was a new idea that O’Hara had in his back pocket when he returned from his travels in the UK, Belgium, Germany and the USA.
“We were one of the first, we started in 1996, over 20 years ago. There were a few breweries that had started around the time like Porterhouse. There were other breweries but they closed down a few years later.”