Porterhouse pride as new and improved brewery opened in Glasnevin

by Gary Ibbotson

One of Ireland’s largest and most popular craft breweries have launched their new and improved brewery in Glasnevin.

Porterhouse opened Dublin’s first brewpub in 1996 on Parliament Street and have gone from strength to strength ever since.

From winning Best Stout in the World at the 1998 Brewing Industry International Awards to opening three pubs across Ireland and the UK in the early noughties, Porterhouse have been a staple of Ireland’s beer scene for decades – before ‘craft beer’ was even a thing.

In 2016, the company began construction on their new brewery as “the previous site couldn’t keep up with demand”.

With a capacity of brewing 30,000 hectolitres at any one time, it is a large upgrade from their previous operation and has “immediately tripled” the brewer’s old capacity, but “has the potential to go up to 10 times our previous 10,000 hectolitre limit,” says partner Elliot Hughes.

The €6m brewery at Ballyboggan Road, Dublin 11, plans to feature a visitors centre based on examples in the US.

Events space

It will also include an events space for hosting live music, parties, street food markets and corporate functions at the brewery’s centre.

“It won’t be like your typical brewery visitors centre which, to be honest, are more like museums,” says co-founder Liam LaHart.

“We want to create a bit of theatre, an immersive experience that’s all about getting involved in the process and having fun.”

The brewery took 15 months to construct and although it was officially opened in 2018, a launch party was recently thrown to celebrate the new “immersive space”.

Niamh Farrell (of Ham Sandwich) and The Tiny Quartet performed a beautiful acoustic cover set while food was supplied by Andy Noonan from Big Grill.

The core range of Porterhouse beers were on tap along with some new additions such as Yippy IPA and a Milkshake IPA.

The brewery say they plan on releasing four new canned IPAs throughout the summer alongside the Milkshake IPA which will be available on draught.

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