Brew a Beer with Mescan Brewery

Mescan Brewery, set in the foothills behind Croagh Patrick, is opening up its brewery to budding brewers for a series of special brew courses.

The next Learn How to Brew a Belgian Beer takes place on Saturday 20th April in their brewery near Westport. The course covers all aspects of brewing from ingredient selection to packaging the finished beer.

“We had people constantly ringing up and asking if they could come to the brewery and give us a hand,” explained Cillian O’Moráin, who runs Mescan with his partner Bart. “We realised the obvious thing to do was to design a one day course so they would get a really good grounding in brewing Belgian beers.”

The hands on, one day course gives attendees the opportunity to make a beer in the brewery with Bart and Cillian, as well as covering the theory behind brewing. The course covers discussions on beer flavour components and beer styles, and will participants taste a range of Belgian beers throughout the day. Everyone receives full course notes and a Mescan T-shirt at the end of the day.

Newly qualified brewers are then invited to come back in the weeks after and collect samples of the beer they have made. Follow up support is also offered to anyone who wishes to put their new found knowledge into practice.

Lunch and dinner are included in this full day course. The cost is €110 per person and advance booking is essential as numbers are limited to 20. Booking is online through

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