Over 300 years ago in 1710, John Smithwick began brewing his first Ales, although the Smithwick’s story started long before then. Back in the 13th century the Franciscans established an Abbey, with its own well, on the banks of the River Nore in Kilkenny. The strong brewing tradition that exists in Kilkenny started with these monks who would have brewed their own light ale for their visitors, using water from St.Francis’s well. To this day the Abbey stands proudly at the heart of the brewery and continues to inspire the brewers.
The ‘Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny’ is a sensory, tactile visitor experience that immerses you in Ireland’s oldest beer brand; the history, the brewing craft, the future and ultimately, tasting the pint. Visitors will be able to experience the medieval origins of brewing on the site to the arrival of the amazing John Smithwick. You will discover the Kilkenny-Smithwicks connections through the years with interactive installations bringing the story right up to date.
For further information visit www.smithwicksexperience.com