Dick Mack’s on tap as pub opens brew­ery

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A NEW chap­ter in the an­nals of Dick Mack’s has just opened with the es­tab­lish­ment of Dick Mack’s Brew­house in an old stone build­ing that once served as a cow­house at the back of the world fa­mous pub.

A joint ven­ture be­tween Finn Mac Don­nell and Aussie Bar­rett the for­mer cow­house has been con­verted into a gleam­ing brew­ery where An­nascaul-based Dubliner Gra­ham Mur­ray ap­plies his trade as the mas­ter brewer.

The small batch brewey will ini­tally pro­duce 20, 50-litre kegs of beer a week and, sub­ject to the is­su­ing of the rel­e­vant li­cences, the beer will shortly be avail­able in Dick Mack’s pub.

Up­hold­ing his legacy, Finn man­ages the pub for his un­cle, Oliver, who was the third gen­er­a­tion of his fam­ily to run the pub which was opened in 1899 by Tom Mac Don­nell. Aussie’s roots are firmly es­tab­lished in the pub trade as well given that his mother was born in O’Catháin’s long es­tab­lished pub in Bal­ly­fer­riter.

Aussie spent three years work- ing with West Kerry Brew­ery in Ri­asc, Baile ’n Fheirtéaraigh, which was founded in 2008 by his first cousin, Donal, along with Adri­enne Hes­lin and Paul O Loin­sigh.

Fol­low­ing his dream of run­ning his own brew­ery, Aussie teamed up with Finn and they set to work on es­tab­lish­ing Dick Mack’s Brew­house. Brewer Gra­ham Mur­ray has brought his own ex­pe­ri­ence and re­cip­ies to the ven­ture and they are pro­duc­ing two beers - Amber Ale and Ses­sion IPA (In­dian Pale Ale). This Mon­day they were start­ing work on an­other ‘cof­fee brew’ beer, us­ing an orig­i­nal recipe that com­bines Dick Mack’s Ale with Justin’s cold fil­tered cof­fee from just down the street in the Bean in Din­gle café.

There was prece­dence for set­ting up the new brew­ery at the back of Dick Mack’s pub. In 1903 Tom Mac Don­nell bot­tled his own ‘In­valid Stout’ in a shed at the back of the pub. This ‘nour­ish­ing ex­port stout’ was brewed by Guin­ness in Dublin and de­liv­ered to Dick Mack’s in ‘hogshead’ casks which were so heavy that they couldn’t be lifted more than a few inches off the ground. This meant that the man charged with the job of bot­tling the stout would have to crouch down on a three legged stool as if he was milk­ing a cow.

Ron­nie and Finn Mac Don­nell, Aussie Bar­rett and Gra­ham Mur­ray in the cow­shed that has be­come Dick Mack’s brew­ery. Photo by

De­clan Malone IN­SET: The la­bel used by Tom Mac Don­nell on Guin­ness that was bot­tled in an out­house be­hind the pub in the early 1900s.The la­bel as­sured cus­tomers that “This Cel­e­brated In­valid Stout, Brewed by A. Guin­ness, Son & Co. Ltd, Dublin, is bot­tled and Guar­an­teed Pure as re­ceived from the Brew­ery by T. MacDon­nell, Green Street, Din­gle.

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