Hopes that beer will be the cream of the crop
IT PRODUCED milk for more than a century, but now an old creamery is producing pints of another kind.
The Dingle Brewing Company opened for business at the weekend in the town's historic creamery.
Although it closed its doors in the mid-1970s, the Dingle creamery has been part of the fabric of the west-Kerry town since it opened in 1889.
The brewery's first product is a premium lager called 'Crean's', which fittingly debuted at the Beerfest in Annascaul, Co Kerry -- the home of the famous Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.
"We called it Crean's to honour a local hero," Jerry O'Sullivan of the Dingle Brewing Company said.
The lager was devised by consultant brewer Tim O'Rourke.
The Dingle Brewing Company has the added bonus of being able to source its own water from grounds of the creamery.
The lager is already available in five pubs in Dingle, but Mr O'Sullivan hopes this will increase to 20 in the next two weeks.
Crean's will also be available in pubs in Co Kildare and Ranelagh, Dublin, by the end of September.
Mr O'Sullivan, who is originally from Co Kildare and is backed by Kildare businessmen Joe and Nigel Flanagan, plans to expand the brewery to include a distillery, which he hopes will be running by the new year.
The venture is expected to create up to 15 jobs in the town.