Sullivan’s Brewing Company was first established in 1702, and was resurrected by the legendary Smithwick brewing family earlier this year. Their first beer, Maltings Red Ale (4% abv) is a refreshingly balanced classic Irish ale with plenty of rich biscuit and gentle caramel notes.
Sullivan’s acclaimed master brewer Ian Hamilton speaks about the beer: “The beer we craft is inspired by traditional Kilkenny recipes and brewed the way the family has always brewed – the way real Irish beer should be brewed – by local experts, by hand, in small batches, with enormous heart and the finest locally sourced ingredients.”
It’s traditionally brewed, with only Kilkenny-grown ale malt and three varieties of hop. Maltings Red Ale is fermented and matured with cask ale yeast, coupled with no-rush brewing. After a successful launch in Kilkenny, now it’s finally available in selected Dublin pubs, currently it’s pouring at Davy Byrne’s, Lemon & Duke, The Old Stand, The Exchequer in city centre, and East Side Tavern, The Sugar Club and the Stone Leaf in the Leeson St. area.
After the Dublin launch Sullivan’s makes a long-awaited return to the US, where it was widely shipped to in the 1800s. Maltings Red Ale will begin pouring in Buffalo, New York next month, marking an ambitious push into the global market.
“The company’s mission is to bring back brewing to Kilkenny and my role is to elevate this and create a brand-led business to address the needs of the ‘next wave’ of craft beer drinkers, the ones that we’ve seen come into and grow the beer category in the US, UK and Australian markets,” adds Alan.
More information sullivansbrewingcompany.com
See below a gallery with some of the attendees to the Dublin launch: