A combination of factors led to the creation of Ballykilcavan Brewing Company: the need to diversify a 380 year old family farm that was not making any money; the desire to support a young family and a passion for brewing and for growing the best possible ingredients for our range of beers.
David has been homebrewing since 2007 and had long dreamed about using our farm's award-winning malting barley to start up a commercial brewery. As the incomes from tillage farming kept falling away over the last few years, he realised that now was the time to do it to preserve the farm for future generations of the family.
It was also an excellent way to use a beautiful 18th century stone farmyard that was too small for modern agricultural machinery. The brewery is situated in a 230 year old grain store, keeping alive the centuries-old tradition of processing our own crops on the farm. We started brewing on-farm in December 2018, and the next stage is to convert the adjoining mill house as the first stage of our visitor centre.