Hilden Brewery is Ireland'sI oldest craft brewery, run by the Scullion family in the former stables of historic Hilden House outside the city of Lisburn, Co. Antrim, in Northern Ireland. The brewery is now managed by Seamus and Ann’s son, Owen, who is a qualified and full-time brewer. The brewery produces 11 draught beers, including a porter, a blonde, a premium red and two amber ales. In addition to these, the brewery also produces five bottled beers and is planning to expand to produce the full range.
If you’d like to see how the beers are made, you can ring Owen at +44 (0)28 9266 0800 to arrange a tour. Afterwards, you can sample the craft beers, both in and with food, at the adjacent Tap Room Restaurant.
The Hilden Beer & Music Festival has been going strong since 1984 and has become even more popular in recent years due to the increased interest in craft beer. With over 30 beers available from a wide range of breweries, local produce and tradition are at the heart of the festival.
Off-sales are available from the brew house during the normal working hours of the week and can be arranged to be picked up outside of these hours and on a Saturday from the Tap Room Restaurant. You can also try the beers at Molly's Yard and The John Hewitt in Belfast and other selected pubs as well as at the increasingly popular beer festivals throughout the country, which Hilden Brewery pioneered.