A Year in the Life

Co Carlow Chamber honouring Carlow Businesses

Carlow Brewing Company

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Carlow Brewing Company

In a week where we hear of job losses at Guinness in Waterford it is great to acknowledge the strides being made by award winning Bagenalstown brewers, Carlow Brewing Company.

Founded by Seamus O Hara in 1996 ‘O Haras’ is now a gem of the local economy.

They employ 12 fulltime and 3 part time with plans to recruit 3 -4 more in 2013.

A brewery requires many different skilled employees in areas such brewing, production, packaging, domestic and international sales, administration and accounts.

O Hara’s are a major contributor to the local economy with benefits in excess of €500,000.

Raw materials are sourced locally where possible; malt from Boormat in Athy, they have a good local water supply, but hops have to be imported as none is produced in Ireland anymore, Ironically Carlow was once a large hop producing area.

Their beer range now extends to keg, bottle and cask and the O Hara brand is strengthening all the time with O Hara’s Irish Stout, Irish Red, Irish Pale Ale, Double IPA, Leann Follain (extra stout), Cuirim Gold (wheat beer).

50 % of sales are across 20 countries - USA, Sweden, Norway, Italy, France, Croatia, Ukraine, Russia and Israel.

Double Irish Pale Ale is their latest new product and Carlow Brewing Company are in 7 days time they open a new ‘craft beer’ bar in Kilkenny, to be called ‘Brewery Corner’.

And good news for lovers of whiskey – they began distilling a single malt Irish whiskey in November which will take a minimum of 3 years to mature.