Rye River Brewing Co.

City and State: 
Kilcock, Co. Kildare



Since establishing Rye River Brewing Company in 2013, co-founders Niall Phelan and Alan Wolfe have been on a roller-coaster ride, scooping awards and prestige at every turn.

Niall Phelan and Alan Wolfe have extensive experience working in the drinks industry having set up the Molson Coors Irish business in 2009, growing it to 85 people in just three years.

In October 2013, it was time for a new challenge, and with €1.5m seed capital, the duo invested in building a brewery in Kilcock, Co. Kildare, on a site that goes back to 1595 for brewing, and established Rye River Brewing Company which brews the craft beer McGargles. The brewery is built in its entirety in Ireland, so as well as being the oldest brewery in Ireland it’s the first commercial brewery built in Ireland in over 100 years. 


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