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    In 1710, John Smithwick founded the Kilkenny Brewery on the ruins of a 13th century abbey. It was called St Francis Abbey and produced red ales with a bitter, tart taste, mitigated by notes of caramel. Such was its success that Kilkenny beer became one of the reasons why everyone knew Ireland’s most medieval town. Kilkenny draws on these green landscapes, which are criss-crossed by bucolic trails and wild waterways, for inspiration. The region’s undeniable charm and turbulent history have forged the character of this time-honoured ale, which cements camaraderie as drinkers pay tribute to Saint Canice, the abbey’s founder. Kilkenny is a deep reddish-brown ale with a subtle reddish sheen. Its foam is light and almost fruity, making it the perfect thirst-quencher. Its reputation contributes to Ireland’s reputation as a land of stunning landscapes and good beer. To taste it is to immerse yourself in its character and experience rivers of tumbling water and ancient green landscapes, steeped in history and bravery .

    • Beer style
      Irish Red
    • Flavours
    • Fermentation
    • Alcohol level
    Available only at the brewery

    Water, hops, malt, yeast, raw grains

    Taste and mouthfeel

    Its aroma is peppery and dry, and its taste bitter without being acrid, although the bitterness is persistent on the palate and in the aftertaste.

    Finish and overall impression

    Nice bitterness


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