New Additions at the Kilkenny Smithwick’s Experience

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Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny has launched its brand new Barrel Yard outdoor space and Flavours Room sensory experience this October.

The one-of-a-kind Smithwick’s Experience, located in the heart of Kilkenny’s Abbey Quarter, honours Ireland’s most popular ale and its 300-year history. The experience reopened in July 2022 with exciting new spaces and enhancements throughout.

The Barrel Yard, Smithwick’s Experience’s new outdoor space, is the location of the former brewery yard where historically, large wooden barrels were repaired and stored ready to be filled with Smithwick’s ale for distribution to pubs around Ireland. In years gone by, this space would have been a hive of activity, remembered fondly by many of the old brewery workers and their families who remain in Kilkenny to this day. The Barrel Yard is the ideal space for visitors and tour groups alike to relax before and after their visit and for friends and family to gather and enjoy the Smithwick’s famous red ale in the heart of the medieval city.

The Flavours Room, another exciting new addition, explores the ingredients and flavour profile of Smithwick’s. The penultimate stop on the tour, visitors’ sense of sight, smell and touch will be engaged as they learn from the experts how the core ingredients of the iconic red ale evolve from their rawest form into the beer itself.

The Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny is open Thursday to Monday inclusive. Tickets from €16, including the tour and a complimentary ale tasting for over 18s with a valid ID. Non-alcoholic options and soft drinks are also available. Group rates are available on request.

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