Guinness, right, the first ale you want to drink when you hit the green shores of Ireland?
Well, of course we all love Guinness, but the Ale that’s been brewing the longest in Ireland, since 1710, is Smithwick’s. (Don’t pronounce the “w”.)
Doesn’t sound all that long in Irish time, but John Smithwick set up his brewery in Kilkenny, and he chose to set it up on the site of a Franciscan Friary. And, the monks had been brewing ale there since the 14th century. So, although Smithwick first brewed his delicious ale in 1710, it win’s the award for the oldest operating brewery in Ireland.
The ale is red. It is beautiful. It used to be hard to come by, but no longer.
So, next time you ask for a Guinness when you head to your favorite pub for brew and music, give yourself a treat and order up a Smithwick’s. It’s delicious and then some!