Ballykilcavan Brewing Company was founded in 2016 and is based at Ballykilcavan farm near Stradbally in Co Laois. The farm has been the home of the Walsh family since 1639 and David and Lisa are the 13th generation to live and work there. The family has been growing malting barley for at least 100 years, and have now established an on-farm craft brewery which sources all of the barley it uses from the farm.
The company produces a range of core beers along with seasonal and one-off specials, including their annual fresh hopped ale which is brewing using hops sourced exclusively from the Ballykilcavan hop garden. Current stockists are independent off-licences and SuperValu stores throughout Leinster, Ardkeen QFS in Waterford and O’Donovan’s off-licences in Cork. The company’s beers are distributed nationally by ABDI (Alltech Beverage Division Ireland). They have successfully completed both the retail Food Academy and the Food Service Academy.