Ireland’s oldest brewery, a landmark in Cork since at least 1650 and home to Beamish and Crawford since 1792, ceased operation yesterday.
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.