Mourne Mountains Brewery
Founded in 2015, owner Connaire McGreevy is a craft beer aficionado and businessman who was inspired to launch his own brewery after he travelled and visited craft brewers and bars all over the world, seeing first-hand how exciting the industry can be.
He channelled his passion and research to produce some of the finest artisan beers in the country, catering to the growing thirst for local brews. Mourne Mountains Brewery has grown to become a major part of Northern Ireland’s blossoming craft beer sector.
The Brewery takes its name from the nearby Mourne Mountains, but that’s not the only connection. All of its beers are produced using fresh water from the Spelga Dam, located at the heart of the mountains, and as Head Brewer Tom Ray says it is “beautifully soft, and perfect for brewing.”
Here then, is a homegrown brewery inspired by one of our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, that’s tapping into some outstanding natural ingredients too.
What They Do
Mourne Mountains Brewery produces a range of award-winning beers in small batches, packaged into bottle, can, keg and cask. All the beers are brewed and packaged in the brewery, meaning they have total control over the quality of the product. The following “core” beers are available year-round: Blond Kolsch-style 4.2% ABV – a light, easy drinking German-style beer, winner of bronze medal at Alltech Dublin Craft Beer Cup 2018 Mourne Mist Pilsner 4.5%abv – a crisp Bohemian-style lager, winner of two gold stars at the Great Taste Awards 2017 East Coast IPA 5.5%abv – an old-school American IPA with big hop flavour, winner of two gold stars at the Great Taste Awards 2017 They also produce seasonal beers which are available for a limited time and often reflect the time of year. These include a strong Double IPA, “The Wall”; barrel aged stouts; aromatic dry-hopped ales such as “Ott” IPA and “Stook” Oatmeal Rye Pale Ale.
Red Trail red IPA won two stars at the Great Taste Awards 2016, the only beer from Northern Ireland to achieve that accolade in 2016. East Coast IPA won a silver medal at the 2016 Alltech Dublin Craft Beer Cup, the only NI beer to be recognised with an award that year.
Where To Buy
Banbridge: McGarry’s Fine Wines, Linen Hill Bangor: Neill Wines, The Salty Dog Belfast: The Vineyard, Northern Lights, Fish City, Crown Liquor Saloon Castlewellan: Bin 34, Mulholland’s, Fresh Food Centre Comber: No.14 at the Georgian House Kilkeel: KWM Off Sales Moira: Wine & Brine Newcastle: Great Jones Craft & Kitchen, Barbican Newcastle, Brennan's, Donard Wines Newtownards: Wineworks Newry: Drink Link, Fiveways Rostrevor: Rostrevor Inn, The Corner House Bar, The Grapevine Strangford: The Cuan Warrenpoint: Point Off-Licence, Duke Off-Sales, Ye Old Ship Inn Whiteabbey: Sipster The core beers can also be purchased in Sainsbury’s stores across the province.