Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, Kilkenny

Categories: Breweries, Food & Drink
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
Visit Ireland's oldest operating brewery on Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny. John Smithwick founded the company in 1710. He originally brewed the beer in St. Francis Abbey Brewery. As you tour the facilities, learn about Ireland's history of brewing and see where Smithwick's beer is made. On the same site, visit St. Francis Abbey, the 13th-century structure where monks brewed ale as far back as the 1300s. When you finish touring, you'll have a chance to taste Smithwick's red ale-style beer, originally brewed for the first Kilkenny Beer Festival. Make Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny a centerpiece of your Kilkenny vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kilkenny trip itinerary planner.
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  • Love the beer, loved the tour, loved the merchandise, want to get a job there so bad!! This is what Irish experience is all about. Friendly tour guide. Must go place even if you are staying in Ireland...  read more »
  • Great guide and cool videos. I was a little disappointed in only seeing animations of the process rather than physically seeing/tasting the process, however it was still decent. 
  • This was by far the best brewery, winery, or distillery tour we have ever done. It was super informative - you learned a lot about the country's history as well as details about the brewing process. O...  read more »
  • I've been on a lot of brewery tours. Didn't really learn anything new about brewing, but they had a nice bit of history of the brewery itself, and how it tied into Irish history, that I really enjoyed. And the beer is really good.
  • Super! That's just gorgeous. Absolutely worth a visit. Enjoy a pint Smithwick's at the end of the tour. I am a big fan of Smithwick's so I must have been in here. I am missing here so much
  • Much better than the Guinness tour. Better history of the brand and more personal experience. Definitely recommended!
  • This was a superb tour. I really enjoyed it. Our tour guide Patrick was amazing and very knowledgeable about the history of Smithwick's. Entire tour is about 30 minutes and ends with the tasting room. I would suggest the upgrade to get the flight of beers. It costs about 3 euros more.
  • Very well done and informative tour. Great guide with proper history
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