Kilkenny-based Sullivan’s Brewing Company has officially launched in North America at a party in the historic Stella Lowry House along Delaware Avenue’s “Midway,” in the City of Buffalo.
Sullivan’s is an Irish beer brand that originated in 1702 in Kilkenny, and was recently brought back to life by descendents of the Smithwick’s family.
“The beer we craft is inspired by traditional Kilkenny recipes and brewed the way the family has always brewed—the way real Irish beer should be brewed—by hand, in small batches, with enormous heart and the finest locally-sourced ingredients from Ireland,” said Ian Hamilton, master brewer of Sullivan’s.
“We ferment our beer up to four times longer than any other leading Irish ales. In addition, at Sullivan’s we use base volume brewing methods, as opposed to diluted methods used in larger commercial operations.”
The decision to bring Sullivan’s beers to Buffalo was spurred by the appointment of Buffalo native Michael Meade as the new CEO of Sullivan’s Brewing Co. USA.
The brewery’s Maltings Irish Ale is now available on-tap at a number of restaurants and bars throughout the Western New York region including Brennan’s Bowery Bar & Restaurant, Coles, Gabriel’s Gate and Lenox Grill.
“Relaunching the legendary Sullivan’s Brewery in Kilkenny has been an exciting process, and the timing couldn’t be better to bring our great beer to the United States,” said Alan Quane, managing director of Sullivan’s Brewing Company. “When thinking about the ideal American city to debut our Maltings Irish Ale, Buffalo quickly rose the ranks as the perfect audience and location. The region is a great fit and known for its hardworking, beer-appreciating, sports-loving, grounded people — much like Kilkenny itself.”
“As someone who loves Buffalo, I’m excited to bring a truly best in class product to our great city,” said Michael Meade, who is responsible for Sullivan’s Brewing Company in the Americas. “I believe in doing all that we can to continue giving our region a shot in the arm and helping contribute to the renaissance of Western New York.“