WTC Dublin Member Highlight: Ballykilcavan Farm and Brewery

Co. Laois

Ballykilcavan Farm has been the home of our family for 13 generations. We have lived and worked here since 1639, and diversification has always been important to keep our farm viable for future generations. Our brewing water is sourced from our own well, which was specially divined in the 18th century farmyard just outside the brewery building. As well as our own barley, we also have a small but expanding hop garden, and we grow both bittering and aroma varieties. They are mainly traditional British varieties, along with a few early maturing American varieties. The hops are harvested in early October each year and we use them to brew our unique Fresh Hopped pale ale, where all the barley, water and hops are sourced from within 500m of the brewery.