Beer for grownups!

The Blackstairs Brewing Company, based in the heart of County Wexford, are working with some of Ireland’s leading brewers to produce a range of exciting beers, beers with character and substance, beer for grownups.

Our philosophy is to produce high quality, interesting beers which are literally ‘beyond the pale.’ Our Red IPA is what we hope will be the first of many new and innovative brews from The Blackstairs Brewing Company.


Shrouded in myth and legend, the Blackstairs Mountains are a place apart, of grey granite peaks, heather covered slopes and flaming sunsets. They are a place where mist and light combine casting long shifting shadows recalling stories of ancient heroes, of rebels, outlaws.

This landscape that was the final refuge of the last Irish wolf, who survived here, despite attempts to exterminate them since Cromwellian times, until the late 18th Century when the last known wolf was shot on these slopes in 1786.

The Blackstairs now form a stunning ever changing backdrop framing the Wexford landscape of high hedge rows, rolling hills and rich fields of golden barley.


Our Irish Red IPA takes an interesting slant on the traditional Irish Red Ale and its distinctive ruby colour gives a respectful nod to Letts old ‘Enniscorthy Ruby Ale.’


Irish Ale Malt, Munich Malt, Carmel Malt, Flaked Oats. Hops Magnum, Summit & Citra.

Full of freshness with a plenty of malty depth, this is the first beer from Wexford based Blackstairs Brewing Company. A ‘Red IPA’ it is the first of its kind by an Irish brewery. It successfully combines tastes you would find in a Irish Red Ale and an Indian Pale Ale (IPA).

First thing you will note is that it pours a rich ruby red colour, with a generous head. On the nose, it betrays the presence of a lush malt base offering caramel tones with a gentle sweetness. Dry hopped for an added ‘zing’ you will note the vibrant citrusy/ grapefruity aroma of the hops.

The taste is smooth, yet refreshing as this well balanced beer allows the various elements, the sweetness of malt and the caramel and the bitterness of the hops to complement each other. Brewed at 5% ABV, this ensures a pleasing, velvety mouth feel which reinforces it’s ‘premium’ characteristics.

Food pairing

This beer has enough depth to stand on its own and is an ideal companion for beef, pork, lamb or game or with spicy food, grilled salmon or pizza.


Medium sized stemmed beer glasses – 330ml


Wexford to this day retains strong links to brewing and is still scattered with the remnants a rich brewing past, with ruined mills, malt stores and breweries still visible to this day. Wexford remains the main producer of malt barley in Ireland.

Our home town of Enniscorthy, flanked by the majestic Blackstairs, was once a hub of brewing and malting, where to this day old stone grain stores line the banks of the Slaney River which flows through the town. Growing up in the town meant you were constantly reminded of this past but brewing ended in Enniscorthy in 1956 with the closing of the famous Letts Brewey, bringing to a close hundreds of years of brewing tradition.

It is this heritage which inspired us to establish The Blackstairs Brewing Company.


Eoin McCarthy and Joe Carroll are two Wexford men with a passion for their home county of Wexford and for great beer. They watched with amazement the Craft Beer revolution in the USA gather momentum and displace the once unassailable corporate monoliths of Budweiser and Corrs and wondered could this be replicated in Ireland. Aware of Wexford’s brewing tradition they decided to act and in late 2013 established their company with the aim of bringing great beers back to Wexford and in time brewing back to Enniscorthy.


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