Carlow Brewing Company

The Goods Store, Carlow

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Brewing in Ireland has an ancient history, which like different beer styles, has evolved over time. 

Historically Irish ales were fermented without hops and by the time the late 1700s came around porter breweries were in popular demand.  By the 18th century most market towns in Ireland boasted at least one brewery with different regions producing different styles of beer.

Ireland’s hops were cultivated in the midlands and Carlow became particularly famous for having the best arable land in the country, land that to this day is still used for growing high quality malt. Old malt houses can still be seen all along the River Barrow and these would have serviced the breweries and distilleries of the country through the navigable river and canal system.

Brewery Tour

Experience our passion for the craft.  Meet the Carlow Brewing Team and walk through the brewing process with our brewers. The brewery tour will take you on a journey through Ireland’s indigenous craft brewing history, teach you about the brewing process and how we brew O’Hara’s award winning beers. You will of course have the opportunity to taste the special malts, smell the hops that make O’Hara’s craft beers so enjoyable.  We finish off our tour with a visit to O’Hara’s tasting room where you will have the chance to sample and compare some of our award winning craft brews.


Adults €10.50 per person

Group Rate €7.50 per person (groups of 10+)

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Opening hours

Tour Bookings

2pm Friday afternoons by prior appointment only

The tour takes approximately one hour

Special Tour Bookings

We are happy to receive specific group tour bookings outside of our regular tour day by prior arrangement where possible.

Latitude: 52.697125

Longitude: -6.976254