Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, Kilkenny

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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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  • We were pleasantly surprised by the tour, very different than the Guinness tour which is big and a bit disney'esque. Groups are guided by a Smithwicks guide and the tour is augmented with videos along...  more »
  • Went here with my boyfriend and we really enjoyed this. The girl at the ticket desk was lovely and really helpful. Then the guy we had as our tour guide was even better, he was so informative and so e...  more »
  • Simon was our guide today. He was so informative and really made the tour so interesting. We loved every aspect from beginning to end. It's a really professional and well run tour with excellent staff...  more »
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  • This was an ok tour for people who are enthusiasts but felt more for people who aren't. There's a good amount of theatrics (talking portraits and phantom projections) to keep anyone interested. They also have some neat things for brew enthusiast like a hop smelling station and taste samples of wort. None of the tour goes through any actual production center though which was disappointing for me because they always smell so good.
  • Excellent tour, very detailed information. They delve into the history of Smithwick's and Ireland as well, which gives valuable background information. I recommend that you upgrade your ticket for the board tasting, being able to try all three of their brews.
  • This was a great tour. History meets beer. Guided tours which was so much better than Guinness in Dublin (plus the beer is better).
  • One of the best brewery tours I have had the privilege of attending. Simon was knowledgeable and genuinely enjoyed talking about the history of Smithwicks. Try the Pale Ale if you are from the States. It isnt an IPA on steroids, it is just perfect.
  • Really good tour. Our guide Cillian was brilliant and answered all questions. Nice to have a taste after the tour in the bar. Definitely recommend it.