St. Mel’s Brewing Company was one of the first breweries to be established in Irelands Hidden Heartlands in over 150 years. We were the first Irish brewery to produce a Brown Ale or Helles Lager as part of our core range. We were the first brewery outside of North America to utilise Neomexicanus hops in a commercial beer recipe, and we were one of the first breweries in Ireland to receive a producer’s retail licence to open an onsite brewery shop, selling directly to the public.
We were founded with the ethos of brewing high-quality all-natural beers which are chemical and additive-free. Only the finest ingredients are selected and where possible, from local suppliers with over 80% of the grain we use being Irish grown and malted.
We pride ourselves on our independence and are delighted to be members of the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland which is the official representative trade body for independently operated microbreweries in Ireland.
The organisation is run by brewers, with the chief aim of the promotion of Independent Irish beer and brewing. You can find out more HERE
All production and recipe development is overseen by our Head Brewer and co-founder, Liam Hanlon, who studied at the Institute of Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Liam worked for many years in the brewing industry both in Ireland and the UK, before St. Mel’s Brewing Company was formed. He applies his years of experience, ensuring our beers meet the highest standards of quality and consistency.
The equipment we brew on was built to our specifications to suit our methods of brewing with energy and water efficiency a key consideration. The original kit was Irish built with new tanks added over the years.
All bottled beers are carbonated to an exact level in a natural conditioning process in the bottle that adds an extra two weeks to the production process. All kegged beers are packaged in stainless steel kegs, and the cans we package in are fully recyclable. We try to purchase as much as possible locally. Our process hygiene products are produced in Longford town, our cardboard packaging is produced up the road in Cavan, and our glass bottles are made just over the border in Co. Fermanagh.
Our original facility was quickly filled and outgrown, and eventually, we moved to new premises, twice the size of the original, with more space and facilities to continue to grow and expand. We didn’t move far, we are still in the same business park on the outskirts of Longford town, just off the N4. Ideally located for access to distribute our beers all across the country and also for people travelling east to west, or vice versa, to stop by, taste some of our beers, have a chat and take some beer home with them from our brewery shop. Many of our visitors are heading West from Dublin and stop off for a beer supply for their weekend away while locals like to stop by to collect their weekly order and chat about beer. One of the things we have really enjoyed over the years is seeing some of our regular customers expanding and developing their own knowledge of beer and brewing as they explore ours and other independent Irish breweries products.