Dublin City Brewing Co. has confirmed that its facility is expected to be fully operational by the Spring of 2021.
The high profile 11,000 sq ft property is located in the Parnell Centre on Parnell Street, and will comprise a brewery with the capacity to produce 5 million litres of premium beers per year, making it the biggest independent brewery in Dublin’s city centre.
The brewery will also have a visitor centre providing guided tours, with a capacity of up to 200,000 people per annum, and a merchandise shop. Work commenced on the site in January 2018, with all design and project management handled by David Wright from Caulfield Wright Architects. The business is expected to employ about 50 people in due course.
The total cost of the project is c.€15m, including all capital expenditure as well as a budget for start-up working capital. The bulk of the investment for the enterprise has come from individuals based in Holland, with additional equity and loan note funding sourced in Ireland. The management team is also currently considering expanding the shareholder base via a crowdfunding equity raise, which it believes would help to enhance the international profile of the business and help it with expansion plans. This scheme is set to be launched in the second quarter of this year.
By the end of 2021, Dublin City Brewing Co expects that its products will have built its distribution to include both the on- and off-trades throughout Ireland, as well as exporting to the UK, Finland, Italy, France, Denmark and Holland. The company is currently contract brewing its range beers pending final commissioning of its own brewing operation.
Stockists around Ireland already include Musgrave MOPI stores (Dublin region branches of Supervalu), Barry Group outlets, Molloys, as well as selected Spar, Eurospar and Londis stores across the city and also a number of independent off licenses. Apart from the export markets targeted for 2021, the company is also in early stage discussions with distributors in a dozen other markets.
Every element of the Dublin City Brewing Co’s production and packaging will be done in-house, to ensure that the highest level of quality is maintained. There are eighteen 140 hectolitre fermentation tanks that will feed into the brewery’s own keg, canning and bottle lines for both national and international distribution.
Guided tours of the brewery will be conducted on a mezzanine level overlooking production so that guests can take in all the sights and smells of the beer as it is being made. The tours will be held seven days a week and will end at the Taproom where guests can sample all the beers. The Taproom will also see the master brewer host exclusive tastings and, in addition to this area, there will be a private event space. As well as its own products, the merchandise shop will stock products designed by Dublin creatives and it will be adjoined by an area kept for local businesses to showcase their products.
Dublin City Brewing Co’s management team comprises a number of experienced drinks and hospitality industry professionals with diverse skill sets and backgrounds. Co-founder and managing director is Geoff Waddell, who also co-founded The Wooldhsed in 2003, while the master distiller is Fergal Murray who was previously the master brewer for the Guinness brand.