One of the city’s best loved-craft beer brewers, Rascals, are gearing up to open up a brand-new brewery, pizzeria and event space in Inchicore.
Rascals Brewing Company, originally co-founded by Emma Devlin and Cathal O’Donoghue in 2014, will open the doors to the new premises in Goldenbridge Industrial Estate this November.
They’ll be moving to the city centre from their current premises in Greenogue Business Park in Rathcoole, as the company continue to grow both at home and abroad, having recently held their first ‘tap takeover’ in Breda, Netherlands.
Joe Donnelly from Rascals told Dublin Gazette that the new venture aims to interest more people beyond just beer.
Donnelly said: “There’s already a really nice community in the local area. We’re looking to bring extra interest into the area with the building; there’s going to be multiple areas within it.”
Permission for the micro-brewery was awarded to the company by Dublin City Council last year, and is expected to bring a number of jobs into the Inchicore locality between the pizzeria, tourism offerings and the brewery itself.
The new premises will play home to a tasting room, a visitor’s centre, their own pizzeria, a multi-function event space and a brewery for Rascals’ much-loved beers.
They’re set to host a series of events in the new premises, including ‘pizza and beer’ Christmas parties and much more. The on-site pizzeria will host up to 100 people.
Rascals will also tap into the tourist sector by offering tours of the site, which is housed in a two-storey former textile factory.
Equipment for the new brewery has come from across the globe, and the installation of the new equipment has been taking place over the past few weeks.
Donnelly said: “The equipment itself came from China. It’s such a specialised kit, we have to be delicate with the equipment – it’s very precision-based equipment.
“When we moved in two or three weeks ago, we actually had to cut a hole in the roof (inset left) and hoist the equipment in through the roof with a couple of cranes. It’s specialised equipment, but you have to get the best for the best!”
Rascals make a variety of craft beers, including an exotic Pina Colada flavour and a more unique bourbon stout, all hand-crafted in Dublin. Their products are sold at independent pubs and off licences across the county, becoming one of the figureheads of the craft brew game in the capital.
Rascals will open the brewery to the public on the weekend of November 3.