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Kilkenny, Smithwick's Beer Experience

Smithwicks Experience Kilkenny

Experience one of Kilkenny's most visited attractions at the Smithwick's brewery in Kilkenny. Learn about the brewing innovations and discover the family behind one of Ireland's oldest and best-loved ales.

Smithwick's Brewery

Begin your journey with the Franciscan monks who first started brewing on this site in the 13th-century and whose resourcefulness began the tradition of brewing at St. Francis Abbey. Continue on to learn the history of the Smithwick family, told as only they know how. Learn about how John Smithwick established his brewery in 1710 and over 300 years the family made a name for themselves in Kilkenny and further afield as brewers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and benefactors.

On the brewing floor, experience a reproduction of the brewing process right down to the smell of the hops and the taste of the sweet wort. Learn about the 4 ingredients that go into every pint of Smithwick's, including the secret ingredient which is kept under lock and key.

The final stage of the tour is, for many, the best - sample a pint of your favorite Smithwick's ale in the tasting bar or upgrade to a Tasting Paddle where you can sample 3 different ales on offer. Learn what makes Smithwick's one of Ireland's favorite ales that is famous all over the world. Sit back, relax and enjoy, this fun and informative tour.

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Duration 1 hour

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About this experience

  • Visit one of Kilkenny's must-see attractions
  • Experience the sights, smells, and tastes that create the perfect pint
  • Learn about the Franciscan monks who started brewing here
  • Hear the story of the Smithwick family
  • Enjoy a complimentary drink in the intimate bar
  • Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Complimentary pint of Smithwick's or a soft drink
  • Audio guides in French, German, Spanish, or Italian

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