Costellos, is Kilkenny’s newest micro brewed beer. The bright and easy drinking red ale is the first product of new brewery; “Costello’s Brewing Company”. With support from Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP), proprietors, Gerald Costello and Gabrielle Carroll, have brought the craft of traditional brewing back into focus in Kilkenny.

Gerald commented, “For centuries brewing has been part and parcel of life in Kilkenny. Many Kilkenny families have proud connections with our brewing heritage, from the growing of hops and malting barley, to the craft of brewing itself.

We find that people are genuinely excited that they have an input into the beers that we brew”.Costello’s Brewing Company aims to continue this heritage and develop it for current and future generations Costellos was introduced to the public for the first time in early August at Billy Byrnes Bar in John Street, Kilkenny. This Irish Red Ale has notes of caramel sweetness with a distinct yet balanced hop bitterness. The beer has an abv of 3.8%. Costellos is available exclusively in Kilkenny, currently pouring in Billy Byrnes & The Pumphouse and will be available in further pubs across the city.

KLP has identified the craft brewing sector as one of the many exciting developments taking place in the Irish drinks industry at the moment with a growing market of fans eager to experience the new range of beers now on offer. The KLP Rural Development Programme has available supports for quality food and beverage producers in Kilkenny Costellos is on Facebook (Costellos) and Twitter (@CostellosBrewCo) and would love to hear from anyone interested in Kilkenny’s brewing heritage and future.

This project has been awarded €15,000 in LEADER funding.