Our Tours6 Day Pint and a Half One Tour
The Best Of Both
Can’t choose between Beer or Whiskey – Have them both!
‘A pint and a half one’ traditionally refers to a pint of Guinness and a single measure of Irish whiskey. The perfect combination whilst reading the paper or talking about the weather as is commonplace in any Irish country pub.
This 6 day tour extends the 5 day Wild Atlantic Way tour to include Co Kilkenny. It visits 5 craft breweries aswell as whiskey distilleries such as the world famous Midelton Distillery, more commonly known as Jameson; and the smaller craft distilleries of Ballykeefe Distillery, Clonakilty and Dingle Distillery.
Enjoy the story of these traditional Irish industries that are just returning to their former glory. Irish whiskey was deemed to be the best in the World until US prohibition which almost led to the demise of our industry. Now Ireland is regaining its rightful place as a premium supplier of fine whiskey and there is a growing demand for it worldwide. Taste it for yourself at the source.
Enjoy the stunning scenery on this journey from rural countryside to coastal vistas. Experience the lively pub atmosphere and traditional music in small Irish towns and villages. These, along with heritage sites and local experiences make this small group tour as perfectly balanced as a Pint and a Half one.
July 18th – July 23rd, 2022
Discover The South by Distillery and Brewery
Dublin City to Kilkenny city
We depart Dublin and visit the Rock of Dunamase – a completely off the beaten track heritage site. Despite the castle’s ruined state, we get a sense of its former grandeur as home to Strongbow. The stunning views of the surrounding countryside make it well worth the stop.
Our first brewery visit is a terroir tour – join brewery owner and 13th generation farmer, David on a guided walk around the barley field and hop garden, where he grows the ingredients used to make the award-winning Ballykilcavan beers. Then, follow David through the historic stone farmyard and into the on-site working brewery to hear his family stories and learn the artful process behind crafting beer. Finish up with a tutored tasting of four different Ballykilcavan beers within a restored 19th century mill house.
Travel further into Ireland’s Ancient East which also happens to be the best barley growing region in Ireland. Set in the picturesque Irish countryside, Ballykeefe Distillery is an entirely independent, artisan, family-owned Single Estate Whiskey Distillery, which was built in 2016 to diversify a working family farm for successor generations. It produces a range of premium spirits on an eco-friendly farm distillery. For centuries there were thousands of small family farm distilleries dotted across Ireland, a tradition that was lost for well over 200 years. Ballykeefe Distillery is the first to revive that historical legacy of Irish Whiskey being produced on a working family farm, beginning operation in August 2017.
Interesting fact: A single estate Whiskey distillery is one where all grain is sown, grown, harvested and distilled onsite. This makes it a uniquely 100% ‘field to glass “Single Estate” Whiskey distillery’ which is the case with Ballykeefe distillery. Morgan Ging will talk you through his family traditions and vision for the future.
Overnight in the beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny, stroll the castle gardens beside the River with some excellent photo opportunities. There are plenty of excellent pubs and restaurants to enjoy in this lively city.
Kilkenny to Kinsale
Start the day with a visit to the Rock of Cashel, one of the oldest and most impressive heritage sites in Ireland. Caiseal na Rí meaning the fortress of the kings. Take a guided tour or wander the site at leisure.
Time for a visit to Ireland’s most famous distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork where John Jameson started triple distilling whiskey in 1780 and thought it was, “So smooth I would drink it even if my name were not on it”. This iconic building is where all Jameson products are made, enjoy a tour and tasting at the home of Irish whiskey.
Whilst in Midleton, we pay a visit to the beautiful Choctaw famine monument which is a fitting tribute to the American Indians who sent financial aid to the Irish people during famine times.
Drive to Kinsale to visit Kinsale Mead. Denis will give us an entertaining experience at Ireland’s first Meadery in 200 years. Overnight in the quaint and colourful town of Kinsale which is full of great restaurants, pubs and live traditional music.
Kinsale to Killarney
Follow the Wild Atlantic Way to Timoleague, Co Cork to visit the ruins of Timoleague Abbey, the first monastic settlement dating back to the 7th century on this site. The friary was founded approximately 600 years later and is steeped in history.
For nearly forty years Ummera Smokehouse has built up an enviable reputation for producing some of the finest smoked meats and salmon available. Taste the natural flavour and texture, blended by careful curing, and gentle smoking over smouldering oak fires.
Visit one of Ireland’s newest craft distilleries, Clonakilty Distillery in the historic town of the same name. The barley for this whiskey is grown near the local Galley lighthouse.
Visit Tom Crean brewery in the beautiful town of Kenmare. A family run business, Tom Crean’s grand-daughter Aileen runs the restaurant and B&B, while her husband Bill brews the beer and regales the history of this famous man.
Travel to Killarney, Co Kerry, a very popular travel destination and a vibrant town, the incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside makes Killarney a very special place. This evening you’ll be free to enjoy the many restaurants and pubs of Killarney with live traditional music. Killarney Brewery is across the road from your guesthouse accommodation and serves pizza and craft beers in the evening.
Killarney to Dingle
Visit Killarney National Park which encompasses Ireland’s most precious natural habitats of ancient woodland, spectacular waterfalls and quiet lakes. The traditional way to explore the park is by horse & carriage known as a jaunting car. This will take you from Torc waterfall, around Muckross Lake to the abbey and finish at Muckross House, a 19th century estate home. Formerly the house was owned by the Bourne Vincent family who gifted it to the Irish State in 1929.
On the short journey from Killarney to Dingle, we will make a stop at Inch Beach, a long flat stretch of beautiful sands and shallow waters perfect for swimming. How about a midday swim and lunch overlooking the beach.
Dingle is one of those charming towns that is a highlight for many. It’s a bright and colourful town packed with local arts and crafts shops and a pub thrown in at every glance. We will take the stunning scenery on the Slea Head Drive to Ireland’s most Westerly brewpub called Tig Bhric or West Kerry Brewery. This is a real hidden gem, brewing beer in very small batches – some in cask and serving them in the adjoining pub. Adrienne, the Brewster is a passionate artist and takes pride in her garden using botanicals in the brewing process as much as possible. The summer ale uses rose-hips and the autumn stout uses blackberries both creating great aroma and flavours. This cosy pub is a place you could get lost in time and forget entirely about the world but on we must go to Dingle Distillery. This is an up close and personal tour of the distillery which is one of Ireland’s newest craft whiskey distilleries producing Dingle gin and vodka. The wait is over – Dingle whiskey is released and on batch 5.
Overnight in Dingle, a haven of great restaurants, pubs and live music.
Producers of: Cúl Dorcha (dark, fruity ale), Béal Ban (pale English style bitter), Carraig Dubh (chocolate porter)
Dingle to Lisdoonvarna
Travel to Adare, a beautiful heritage town in Co. Limerick. While in Adare, we’ll take a coffee stop and a walk around one of Ireland’s prettiest villages. The town is famous for its thatched cottages built between 1835–70.
Drive to Bunratty for lunch in the infamous Durty Nelly’s pub. A 1620-era thatched cottage with lanterns and sawdusty floors, once a bar for castle guards.
It’s time to head for Lisdoon….mandatory requirement to learn Christy Moore’s famous song of the same name and sing it at the top of your voice on the approach into town! Whilst in Lisdoon, we’ll visit an impressive duo of neighbouring businesses. The first port of call is the world famous Burren Smokehouse for a talk and tasting of a variety of salmon smoked on site.
Next, we’ll pay a visit to legendary Clare man, Peter Curtin. A well known local character and the owner of the Roadside Tavern & Brewery in Lisdoon. This traditional pub has been run by three generations of Peter’s family since 1893. Recently Peter added another dynamic to the business by brewing his own range of beers above the pub.
The Burren Brewery was highlighted as amongst the best craft beer locations to visit in a new book, Lonely Planet’s Global Beer Tour. If you’re lucky, you may even get to taste Peter’s Euphoria beer, which is harvested using wild yeast cultivated in the Burren region and contains no hops.
We will overnight in Ballinsheen House, within easy walking distance to the Roadside Tavern for fantastic pub-grub in Kieran’s Kitchen, pints of Peter’s craft beers and live traditional music.
A trip to Clare would not be complete without a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. Standing 214m (702 feet) high, the cliffs stretch for 5 miles along the Atlantic coast. O Brien’s Tower has served as a viewing point for hundreds of years.
We will overnight in the beautiful Ballinsheen House in Lisdoonvarna so that we can return to the Roadside Tavern for good pub-grub, pints of Peter’s craft beers and live traditional music.
Lisdoonvarna to Dublin
On our last day, we will travel through the Burren region stopping off at Burren National Park to take a gentle stroll through the extensive limestone region. The unique Burren region was formed 350 million years ago. This protected landscape is the only example of its kind in Western Europe and is of great interest to geologists and botanists alike as its unique soil and climate allow Alpine, Arctic and Mediterranean plants to grow side by side.
The last stop on the Irish brewery tour trail is always a highlight. Cuilan Loughnane, the owner & brewer at Whitefield brewery is one of the early pioneers of Irish brewing and has built up a great reputation for his quality beers served locally and bottled for the restaurant trade. He will talk us through his unique style on a tour of his brewery. White Gypsy pride themselves on sourcing as many ingredients as possible for their delicious craft beers locally, even testing the Irish climate by trying to grow their own hops. It is at the forefront of the country’s brewing renaissance and has a great story to tell.
Return to Dublin feeling truly immersed in Ireland’s food, beer and whiskey scene.
Also Included In The Tour:
Pick-up & drop off in Dublin City Centre
Transport in Mercedes mini-bus
Tours and tastings at six of Ireland’s best craft breweries
Visits to Ballykeefe Distillery, Jameson Distillery, Clonakilty Distillery, Dingle Distillery
Entrance to the Cliffs of Moher
5 nights hotel/B&B accommodation with a full and hearty Irish cooked breakfast each morning
Minimum number for this tour is 6, maximum number is 16
What To Bring
Be Ready For Adventure!
A Rain Jacket
A Thirst For Good Beer
Hunger for Great Food
A Sense Of Adventure!
Make sure to bring a sense of adventure as we will leave no stone unturned. Sometimes we have to make unscheduled stops for leprechauns to cross the road, to take photos of rainbows, to catch a local festival, to see an ancient archaeological site that just happens to be on our route.
What Are You Waiting For?
A pint in one hand and a whiskey in the other – lets go explore the best of the South of Irelands breweries, distilleries, food and scenery.