Kildare’s craft brewers going mainstream

Stephen Clinch and Paul O'Connor of Trouble Brewing.
A Kildare brewer is reporting great progress in the three and a half years since they were established.

A Kildare brewer is reporting great progress in the three and a half years since they were established.

Stephen Clinch, of Trouble Brewing told the Leinster Leader that sales have doubled every year since they started, to a point where they’ve had to move from a unit in Allenwood to a larger premises in Kill.

He says that it’s now inevitable that they will have to take on some staff. At the moment, the company is producing three main beers - Sabotage India Pale Ale, Ór Golden Ale and Dark Arts Porter, as well as a variety of seasonal special beers.

“Several local Kildare pubs have been very good to us,” Stephen explained. “In Kildare town we’re in Cunninghams and Hartes. In Sallins, it’s the 13th Lock and Canal Walk and in Kill we’re in the Old House and the Dew Drop Inn.”

The image of craft beer producers is changing. “It’s mainstream now,” he said, adding that the company has sent beer to the UK and France, and were represented at the Seaport Beer Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada at the weekend. They will also feature at Athy’s Oktoberfest.