Friday 19 July 2019

'Cuckoo brewers' in Whiplash finally put down roots with a home of their own

Cheers: Alex Lawes, Arthur the dog, David Parle, Packie McCarthy and Alan Wolfe, who are behind the Fidelity festival at The Mansion House in Dublin on July 13. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Cheers: Alex Lawes, Arthur the dog, David Parle, Packie McCarthy and Alan Wolfe, who are behind the Fidelity festival at The Mansion House in Dublin on July 13. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

The acclaimed Whiplash Brewery, which has long had to state "no fixed abode" when listed for awards, is finally getting a home.

The team at Whiplash describe themselves as "cuckoo brewers" because they have been piggybacking on other facilities for so long.

But now the small team, including Alex Lawes and Alan Wolfe, are setting up Dublin's latest craft brewery, which promises to be "hyper efficient" and eco-friendly.

They will also be celebrating with a summer festival.

Whiplash has been a rising force on the Irish beer scene, hoovering up awards from Untappd and Beoir.

But they have been brewing in places as diverse as Dundalk, London and Switzerland - as well as using Rascals in Inchicore, Dublin.

"We were using five breweries in three different countries at one stage," says Alex. "We're cuckoo brewers!"

The new brewery will be in Cherry Orchard. "Travelling was nice, but in reality it's better to do it all in one place."

The launch event has grown into its very own beer festival, Fidelity, at the Mansion House in Dublin on July 13.

It features names that will get any beer connoisseur's mouth watering: Deya, Northern Monk, Yellowbelly, Rascals, Boundary and Salopian to name just a few.

"We consider the breweries that are attending to be the best in the world and lots of beer geeks agree," says Alex.

Irish Independent

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