Among various places visited while in Ireland, a great place stumbled upon (no pun intended) was Franciscan Well Brewery.
It’s a newer brewery (founded in late ’90s), but has great history to it.
‘The Franciscan Well Brewery was founded in 1998 on the North Mall in Cork City and is built on the site of an old Franciscan Monastery and Well, dating back to the year 1219. Legend has it that the water from the well has miraculous and curative properties and people would come from afar to drink from it.’
We opted to take the entire brewery tour to find out about what all they do based on the additional info they provided on their site.
‘The Brewery has combined modern technology with old age tradition in forming classic beer styles including lager, ale, stout and wheat beer. All the beers brewed at the Franciscan Well are natural, and do not contain any chemical additives or preservatives and are made with the best ingredients.’
It was great. To put the size of the brewery in perspective, the only thing I can think of is that it’s maybe a quarter size of the end zone of a football field? Maybe 1/3? It’s tiny. They have so little space, have to stay on top of things to a tee and provided more much more insane amounts of info, from law restrictions, what got them started, real estate, bottling, competition, brewing specs to tastings from beginning to…ahhh…end.
The tour provided 4 or so tastings where you also went through the components of yeast, barley, etc. All their brews were great. But, one I do remember was a hefe with way too much banana. I definitely did not need to have more of that.
When you visit the brewery, they have an outdoor brick pizza oven where you can order a great meal, as well, to help soak up all the fun. Worth checking out to get in even more Irish culture.