Our Story

Standing proud on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way in Kinsale, Co. Cork, we are Blacks, Ireland’s first co-located Brewery & Distillery.

About Blacks

We have been living the dream since 2013! Born out of passion by founders, husband and wife duo, Sam & Maudeline Black. What started as a hobby, after Sam was gifted a home brewing kit for Valentine’s Day from Maudeline many years ago, quickly became an obsession and a burning desire to experiment and create.  It is this enthusiasm and drive that saw Blacks Brewery become a reality.

Our mission is to escape the mundane of the mass market by producing beers with passion, personality and lots of hops! We have a seven strong core range, but are constantly creating new recipes and quirky flavour combinations, releasing anywhere from 6 to 10experimental beers a year.

In 2015 we expanded and added our state-of-the-art Distillery, where we produce a range of boutique spirits including Gin, Rum and Whiskey. This crossover between Brewery and Distillery is unique and gives us the option to age our beers in spirit barrels and vice versa to improve the depth of flavour. Our first bottle of Blacks Irish Gin hit shelves in 2015, and we made history in 2018 with the production of Blacks Spiced Rum, Ireland’s first-ever rum, made entirely from start to finish in Ireland.

In 2019 we wished to open our doors and give others the opportunity to become part of our journey, and have their own distilling experience. The Blacks Whiskey Founders Club gives whiskey enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase their own cask of whiskey and become part of the whiskey maturation process. This is an exclusive club, open to only 500 members. In 2020 we installed two copper whiskey stills and began production of our liquid gold.

Explore, taste and have your senses blown by our unique range of craft beers and spirits!

We’re Not All Black & White
…We Add Shades Of Green

While brewing & distilling is our passion, we never forget about our beautiful home. At Blacks, we are a proud member of Ireland’s Origin Green sustainability programme. We have a number of sustainability initiatives:

  • Replacement of single-use plastic kegs
  • Reduce energy consumption & improve
    our resource efficiency rating
  • Reduce water consumption
  • Reduce recyclable landfill waste
  • Social sustainability via local groups & charities

This project was supported by the Local Enterprise Office Cork North & West, through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020

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