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Pearse Lyons Brewery to open at old McArdle Moore Dundalk site

The Pearse Lyons Brewery will join Dublin’s Pearse Lyons Distillery as part of a burgeoning Irish portfolio run by the Alltech Beverage Division, the company, founded by the late Dr Lyons in 1980, say.

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Mark Lyons, President & CEO Alltech & John O' Brien, Master Brewer Pearse Lyons Brewery.

A brand new brewery, run by the American company Alltech which was founded by the late Dundalk businessman Pearse Lyons, is to open in Dundalk next month it has been announced.

The Pearse Lyons Brewery will open at the former MacArdle Moore Brewery on the Ardee Road in the town next month. The new facility will incorporate the relocation of Newry’s Station Works Brewery, which produces the Foxes Rock range of lagers, stouts and ales.

In what will be a boost to the local economy, staff from the Station Works will all be relocated to the Dundalk site and the company are planning further staff expansions next year. The new brewery will be fully operational by December, the company say.

“It’s an honour to be bringing new life to this historic building,” said John O’Brien, master brewer at Pearse Lyons Brewery.

“The MacArdle Moore Brewery was synonymous with brewing in Dundalk. Formed in 1850 from the merger of two older breweries, it joined the Guinness empire in the late 1960s. Dundalk is also where our late founder, Dr. Lyons, grew up, bringing this move full circle in terms of our evolution.”

As well as honouring the late Dr Lyons, who passed away in Kentucky earlier this year, Alltech say the move will ease transporation logistics for the current operations pre and post Brexit with the mjaority of orders coming from south of the border.

“Ultimately, we are simply moving the plant 20 minutes down the road; customers will see no change to service,” O’Brien continued. “We look forward to bringing new life to this historic building and resurrecting the brewing tradition of Dundalk.”

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“The MacArdle Moore Brewery was synonymous with brewing in Dundalk. Formed in 1850 from the merger of two older breweries, it joined the Guinness empire in the late 1960s. Dundalk is also where our late founder, Dr. Lyons, grew up, bringing this move full circle in terms of our evolution.”

As well as honouring the late Dr Lyons, who passed away in Kentucky earlier this year, Alltech say the move will ease transporation logistics for the current operations pre and post Brexit with the mjaority of orders coming from south of the border.

“Ultimately, we are simply moving the plant 20 minutes down the road; customers will see no change to service,” O’Brien continued. “We look forward to bringing new life to this historic building and resurrecting the brewing tradition of Dundalk.”

As well as continuing and expanding current operations, the Pearse Lyons Brewery will look to create a craft beer academy for bar and hotel staff.

“We will be hosting workshops for bar and hotel staff looking at the craft beer process and industry to give them a better understanding of craft beers and what makes them special,” O’Brien added.

“During the workshops, we will look at the different brewing styles of craft beer, comparing Irish and American methods. We will also look at the ingredients that go into craft beers and their taste profiles.”

The Pearse Lyons Brewery will join Dublin’s Pearse Lyons Distillery as part of a burgeoning Irish portfolio run by the Alltech Beverage Division.

The late Dr. Lyons had a passion for and a history with drink, as he was the first Irishman to achieve a formal degree in brewing and distilling from the British School of Malting and Brewing.

Following his move to the United States in the late 1970s, Lyons founded Alltech in 1980 and opened his first brewery in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1999.

He purchased the Station Works Brewery in Newry three years ago and last year, Dr. Lyons, along with his wife, Deirdre, opened the Pearse Lyons Distillery in the historic St. James Church in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties.

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