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Baltimore basement brewery home to new ales

Saturday, 6th December, 2014 7:40am
Baltimore basement brewery home to new ales

Tasting their new ales in Baltimore are, from left: Kevin Waugh, Henry Thornhill and Dominic Casey.

BY JACKIE KEOGH

THREE childhood friends are launching two new beers from the basement of a family business in Baltimore.

As a result, the newly formed company, the West Cork Brewing Company, will be hosting a very special launch night in Casey’s of Baltimore hotel for its two new beers.

This exciting new craft brewery – located in the basement at Casey’s – is the brainchild of three local childhood friends from Baltimore and Skibbereen, namely: Dominic Casey, Henry Thornhill and Kevin Waugh.

Having witnessed the explosion of microbreweries around Ireland in the last few years, Kevin Waugh told The Southern Star: ‘We felt there was an opening in the market for a quality beer product to be produced in the heart of West Cork.

‘West Cork has long been associated with the best in quality artisan food, both locally and nationally, so why not add a quality artisan craft beer to stand alongside its food cousins?’

Dominic, Henry and Kevin are determined to use only the most pure natural ingredients, but it was also important to them that the quality of the main ingredient – water – would be good too, so they decided to use the natural spring water that supplies Casey’s Hotel.

The new nano-brewery is capable of producing 200 litres per batch.

‘It is a departure from other Irish beers that use mains water,’ according to Kevin, who is looking forward to seeing a big turnout for the launch of their two new beers – ‘Sherkin Lass’, which is a refreshing citrusy, hoppy pale ale, and ‘Roaring Ruby’, a dark ruby ale, with hints of caramel and chocolate in its flavouring.

The launch will take place at 8pm on Saturday, December 13. As well as being able to enjoy samples of the new beers, delicious finger food will be served, and there will even be music by the talented trad band, G’wan.

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