Brewing up a storm in Co Longford

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From little seeds do acorns grow and St Mel’s Brewing Company can certainly associate itself with this old adage.

From little seeds do acorns grow and St Mel’s Brewing Company can certainly associate itself with this old adage.

The company, which was established just nine months ago with the help of a grant from Longford Community Resources Ltd, has gone from strength to strength since its inception on the Ballinalee Road last June, and the company is about to sign a lucrative deal with one of the major retail multiples in Ireland.

This week, the company’s latest seasonal beer - Spring Bock - will hit the shelves and according to managing director Eoin Tynan, the latest blogs and reviews on the beer, “have been fantastic”.

“The new beer is just out this week and is going down very well,” pointed out Mr Tynan, while adding that it was launched at a brewing conference in Ballsbridge two weeks ago, and has been doing very well ever since.

He added, “It is a German recipe and is a light lager. It is our second seasonal beer and follows on from our Christmas stout - Raisin & Oatmeal - which was also very well received.”

The company also produces a brown ale and a pale ale, and this newest beer is known as a Helles lager which can be sipped pleasurably as the long summer evenings approach.

Locally the company has been received very well over the past few months and Mr Tynan pointed to business from both Longford town and across the county.

The company also has a distributor that delivers the product outside of the region.

“Craft beers have become very popular; people are looking for alternatives these days and tourists love sampling the local brew,” Mr Tynan continued.

“We are delighted with the way things are going and appreciate all the support that we have received; there are a lot of new breweries emerging, so there is a lot of scope for growth in this area.”

St Mel’s Brewing Company beers are available locally in all good restaurants and bars as well as in off licences. Soon though, they will also be available on the shelves of some supermarkets and that will be a real jewel in the crown of this new business as it continues to grow and develop.