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Black Donkey Brewing launches its first offering

A new craft brewery in Co Roscommon called Black Donkey Brewing has officially launched its first offering to the market – Sheep Stealer Irish Farmhouse Ale.

Located in the farming village of Ballinlough, Black Donkey Brewing is the brainchild of Richard Siberry and Michaela Dillon.

The husband and wife team returned to Ireland after 20 years in New York in 2012, bringing with them what they had learned from the US’s burgeoning craft brewing scene and putting their home brewing experience from their garage in Queens to use, to open a craft brewery.

Full-scale production began in July 2014, bringing Irish, European, American and historical brewing influences together under one roof.

Richard explained: “We are continuing to develop new recipes and fine-tune various brewing processes and we anticipate following Sheep Stealer with a rye beer and a Belgian, New Zealand and American hybrid amber ale.

“Seasonal and one-off specials will also follow, along with some interesting collaborative brews with other breweries around the world.”

Sheep Stealer is available from four pubs in Dublin (57 The Headline, The Brewdock, Against the Grain, The Black Sheep), two in Galway (The Salt House and Oslo Bar) and JJ Harlows.

Black Donkey Brewing launches its first offering

Black Donkey Brewing launches its first offering

Richard Siberry and Michaela Dillon