Brewing is set to return to Dundalk with a new 45-hectolitre craft beer brewery set to open in the town shortly.
Dundalk has a tradition of brewing dating back over 100 years through both the Macardle Moore and Harp Lager breweries. Now that is set to be continued with the opening of the Dundalk Bay Brewery.
Talk of the Town first unveiled plans for the new facility at the Finnabair Business and Technologuy Park in October 2014 when the Dundalk Bay Brewing Company was set up by Blackrock-based sisters Faye and Katie Healy.
The pair are also directors of Spectac International Limited on the Coes Road, who fit out breweries both nationally and internationally. The Rye River Brewery in Co Kildare is amongst the facilities they have worked on while they also helped develop the Teeling Whiskey distillery in Dublin’s Liberties.
Now with their own brewery fully functional, Dundalk Bay Brewery Company is set to enter the market themselves.
In an interview with The Irish Times today, Faye Healy (pictured above) revealed the plans for the facility.
“We’re focusing on contract brewing on behalf of others that do not have the capacity to brew themselves, of which there are many in Ireland and the UK,” she said.
“We will also be brewing our own beers intermittently, which will consist of IPAs, lager, red ales and stouts, and be primarily for export.”
Contracts have been agreed with a number of microbreweries, and Ms Healy told The Irish Times she is in talks with a number of large retailers about brewing for them.
Dundalk Bay Brewery will initially employ 15 people.
Read more about the project in today’s Irish Times here.