Tuesday 22 January 2019

Brewing up a US storm

Lough Gill brewery, Sligo town's first brewery in 100 years, was in the US last week in attempts to develop trade links in the country.

The brainchild of brewing entrepreneur James Ward, the business will officially launch next month.

Ward, who also founded Ballymote brewery, The White Hag, said exporting beer to the States is high on his agenda:"It's been a busy few years for both myself and my family from launching my first brewery -The White Hag - in 2013 to now my final preparations for the launch of the Lough Gill Brewery next month.

"This trip is a fantastic opportunity for me to expand my brand not just here in Rhode Island but across the eastern coast of the US through the many available resources provided here at the Ireland West Trade Centre." Lough Gill Brewery is selling its wares with other companies at the Ireland West Trade Centre in Rhode Island, on the US east coast.

This is a pilot project funded by the Local Enterprise Office in Sligo to allow companies in the West and North West of Ireland to explore and test new markets in the US. It also helps companies in the West of Ireland to sustain operations, increase employment and support.

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