New craft brewery to open in Dundalk

New craft brewery to open in Dundalk

A new craft brewery is set to open in Dundalk in the coming months.

Talk of the Town has learned that Alltech, the firm run by Dundalk-born entrepreneur Dr Pearse Lyons, is set to relocate its brewery from Newry to Dundalk.

In July 2015 Alltech acquired the Station Works Brewery from the family of the late Edward Haughey. Alltech produces craft beers at its US facility in Kentucky and said at the time that the deal would give it a platform for expansion in Europe.

The Station Works Brewery began operation in 2013 on a site behind Newry train station. It brews Finn lager and Foxes Rock pale ale. It also houses a bottling and canning facility and is the third largest craft brewery in the country.

Now Dr Lyons, who grew up on the Dublin Road and who started out working in the Harp Lager brewery in Dundalk, is set to give his home town a major jobs boost by relocating this side of the border.

While the exact location of the new venture has yet to be revealed, Alltech’s Beverage Division hope to be operation by the end of April next year.

The company said: “Our new plant in Dundalk will be capable of being the largest craft brewery in the country.

“We also have a beer bottling line where we package our own beer and contract package for a number of other breweries from Ireland. In the future we will be looking at the possibility of canning, spirit packaging an also most likely setting up a large distillery.”

The new venture will be the second craft brewery to open in Dundalk following on from the opening the Dundalk Bay Brewing Company by Spectac International earlier this year and will continue on the town’s proud brewing tradition from the days when the Macardle Moore and Great Northern breweries were operational here.

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