Dungarvan Brewing Company was founded by brothers-in-law Cormac O’Dwyer and Tom Dalton along with their wives, Jen and Claire, with a view to offering the Irish beer drinker a greater choice in craft beers, with an emphasis on quality, craft and tradition.
Launched in April 2010, the brewery is located in the historic market town of Dungarvan, which has a rich history of brewing as well as a strong food culture, both in food production and a thriving restaurant scene.
The beer is kept in its purest form by bottle-conditioning it, which means that a natural carbonation process occurs within the bottle that eliminates the need for the addition of further gas to the beers. It isn’t filtered and isn’t pasteurised, so there is minimum interference between the raw ingredients (including the limestone-rich water of west Waterford) and the finished product.
All the beers are brewed in small batches and bottling is currently done by hand with a four-head filler, with plans to upgrade this to an automated system in the coming months. The draught offering is cask ale, dispensed by traditional hand pumps, which the brewery supplies to select pubs throughout Ireland as well as at a range of festivals and events during the year.
The core range is made up of three beers: Black Rock Irish Stout, a dry stout; Copper Coast Irish Red Ale, a fruity red ale; and Helvick Gold Irish Blonde Ale, a generously hopped blonde ale. Seasonal beers include Comeragh Challenger Bitter and Coffee and Oatmeal Stout and they also make limited edition beers for festivals. Check their website for suggested beer and food pairings and recipes.
Dungarvan Brewing Company beers can be found throughout Ireland; check their website for stockists.
The brewery is happy to accommodate tours as long as you contact them beforehand to arrange your visit.