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Ireland Landmark Closes

June 1, 2009 - Ireland's oldest brewery, a landmark in Cork since at least 1650 and home to Beamish and Crawford since 1792, ceased operation yesterday.

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The taster's room was opened for one last time yesterday morning as head brewer Rory Bevan and a group of other employees sampled a glass of Beamish to ensure its consistency and quality for the very last time.

Production of Beamish is being transferred to the Heineken Lady's Well brewery in Cork following a decision made last year. This means that Beamish and Murphy's, once bitter rivals, will now be housed under the same roof.

Heineken Ireland meanwhile has presented the Beamish archives - probably one of the most complete brewing archives in Ireland or Britain - to the Cork city archives.


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