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Craft beer is bringing 250 new jobs to Kildare

The Rye River facility will be Ireland’s largest.

A NEW CRAFT brewery and visitor centre is to bring 150 jobs to Kildare.

The Rye River Brewing Company are set to build what will be the biggest independent brewery in Ireland in Celbridge, adding 150 permanent jobs and 100 construction roles.

The new jobs will be created over three years and along with the investment of €4m into the new plant and visitor centre will be worth, the owners say, an extra €12.5 million to the local economy. The new positions will be spread across manufacturing, customer service, brewing, export, general operatives and management whilst up to 100 jobs will be generated in the construction of the new brewery. It is hoped the plant will open in

The Rye River Brewing Company was established in 2013 by Niall Phelan, Alan Wolfe and Tom Cronin who all learned their craft with global brewing giants Diageo, Heineken and Molson Coors.

The company has grown to almost 60 employees, produces a range of fifteen beers including six of their own brand McGargle beers and is a distribution centre for imported brands such as Bavaria and San Miguel along with craft beers from Innis & Gunn in Edinburgh.

They also supply private label contracts with Lidl and supply some exclusive brands to Tesco and Dunnes. Company turnover has increased from €189,000 in 2013 to €5.5 million in 2014, a 2900% increase, and they forecast a further growth in turnover to €16 million by the end of 2015.

Making the announcement today, Founder Niall Phelan said:

“This is a really exciting time for The Rye River Brewing Company as we reach this significant milestone in our expansion and development and we have strong plans and targets now in place to increase production to meet our growing export markets.”

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