Everyone loves a great story, and we think we have plenty of memorable ones that tie in perfectly to our brand name. We named our range of beers after local myths and legends, and we have plenty to choose from!
Great tasting beer needs great water and all of our hand crafted beers are brewed using the purest natural water originating from atop Mangerton Mountain – the home of the legendary Devil’s Punch Bowl. This spring flows over thousands of feet of Killarney mountain rock before emptying into the glacial lake, Lough Guitane, allowing our artisan brews to embrace the finest elements nature can provide.
War Horse: Irish Pale Ale
THE LEGEND: As travelers make their way through the Cork and Kerry Mountains, they are greeted by Capall Mór, a striking sculpture of a white war horse that sits majestically atop a rocky embankment. Capall Mór is reminiscent of the brave and powerful war horses used by the great Celtic warriors during their epic battles. The war horse features prominently in two famous Killarney tales: “Legend of the Lake” and “Tír na nÓg.” “Legend of the Lake” tells of the great Chieftain O’ Donoghue Mór, whose fortress was Ross Castle. One morning, every seven years in early May, he rises out of Lough Lein and rides around the lake on a white war horse. It is said that those who see him will have good fortune for life. “Tír na nÓg” centers around hero Oisín, son of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, who after three years, becomes homesick, leaves Tír na nÓg and returns to Ireland flying over the lakes of Killarney on a mighty white steed. He later inadvertently falls off his horse, instantly ages 300 years, and dies. Despite Oisín’s ill-fated return to Killarney, his legend lives on at Killarney Brewing Company! Tasting notes & food pairings >>
Casey Brothers: Extra Stout
THE LEGEND: This stout honours the seven Casey brothers who hailed from County Kerry – a unique family of fine athletes blessed with incredible strength, agility and skill. The boys were champion oarsmen with humble beginnings, rowing across Kenmare Bay to and from school. They went on to win numerous Salter Cups at the Killarney Regatta races during the early 1930s, and never lost a race across Europe and the United States. The most famous of the Casey Brothers, Steve “Crusher” Casey, immigrated to America, and utilising his signature “Killarney Flip,” was undefeated heavyweight wrestling champion of the world from 1938 through 1947; he was also a storied boxer, defeating US champion Tiger Warrenton in 1940. Channel your inner warrior while enjoying a mighty Casey Brothers Extra Stout! Tasting notes & food pairings >>
Devils Helles: Lager
THE LEGEND: Local legend tells of a fierce battle between Thor and the Devil. Thor cast lightning bolt after lightning bolt upon the Devil, who retaliated by tearing up the earth and hurling it back. The resulting basin filled up with water and became known as the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Tasting notes & food pairings >>
Scarlet Pimpernel: IPA
THE LEGEND: Our scarlet coloured IPA was inspired by a true local legend of Killarney, Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, known as the “Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican.” While stationed at the Vatican during World War II, and under threat of execution, Hugh saved over 6,500 people by hiding them in monasteries, farms, and other locations. After the war, he was awarded the US Medal of Freedom and Commander of the British Empire. We celebrate the altruism and courage of this great Kerry Man. Tasting notes & food pairings >>
Golden Spear: Blonde Ale
THE LEGEND: Fionn Mac Cumhaill, Ireland’s heroic warrior and hunter, often hunted on the shores of the lakes of Killarney and throughout the McGillycuddy Reeks. One day while climbing Torc mountain, he was attacked by a magical, ferocious boar. With a single blow, Fionn killed the lunging boar in mid-air with his fabled golden spear. Savour a pint of our delicious Golden Spear while toasting our legendary warrior! Tasting Notes & food pairings >>
Rutting Red: Red Ale
THE LEGEND: This full-bodied red ale pays homage to Ireland’s last heard of native red deer, who for thousands of years have roamed the mountains and valleys of our Killarney countryside. Each Autumn, during a ritual known as” the rut,” the mighty stag’s clashing antlers and bellowing roars echo through the majestic amphitheatre that is Killarney National Park – it is a magnificient display of power and dominance. Tasting notes & food pairings >>