Northern Ireland

A Birthday Trilogy. Part 3: Hilden

Whether you be new to the world of craft beer or a seasoned pro, you may not be aware that Hilden Brewery near Lisburn is the oldest surviving independent brewery on the island of Ireland and turns 40 years young in 2021. Hilden brews, including the likes of Twisted Hop, Headless Dog and Belfast Blonde,…… Continue reading A Birthday Trilogy. Part 3: Hilden

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A Birthday Trilogy. Part 2: Whitewater

Following on from Part 1: Ards is the story of a former Kilkeel brewery that outgrew its original site and moved to a much more impressive setting near Castlewellan. Whitewater Brewery was founded by Bernard and Kerry Sloan in the mid 1990s and 2021 sees its 25th birthday. Much has happened to Northern Ireland’s beer…… Continue reading A Birthday Trilogy. Part 2: Whitewater

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A Birthday Trilogy. Part 1: Ards

2021 sees a milestone birthday for three of Northern Ireland’s breweries. Ards Brewing Company in Greyabbey is 10 years old, Whitewater in Castlewellan turns 25 and the oldest independent brewery on the island of Ireland, Hilden Brewery near Lisburn, celebrates its 40th birthday. The NI beer landscape has altered immeasurably since the inception of each…… Continue reading A Birthday Trilogy. Part 1: Ards