The Kilkenny Brewery was founded in 1710 by John Smithwick, amid the ruins of a 13th century abbey. So great was its success that Kilkenny beer became one of the glories of the most medieval city in County Kilkenny.
The beer draws inspiration from that area’s lush green countryside, criss-crossed by paths and wild watercourses. The region’s undeniable charm and turbulent history have forged the character of this time-honoured ale, to the glory of Saint Canice, the monastery’s founder.
Its reputation adds lustre to its native Ireland, a land of breathtaking landscapes. To taste it is to plunge into that landscape. Rivers of tumbling water and authentic green landscapes give it a wild character, steeped in history and daring deeds. Kilkenny has become a “cathedral” beer, on the model of the monument in its city of origin. So lift up your eyes on high and sample this caramelised prayer.
Its aroma is peppery and dry to submit against a flavor dominated by a very special bitterness without bitterness but nevertheless persistent on the palate and aftertaste.