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Blacks Brewery & Distillery set for expansion


Blacks Brewery & Distillery has been granted planning permission for a new state-of-the-art €8m complex overlooking Kinsale Harbour. This major expansion will create 15 new jobs initially, with more to follow as the development matures.

Comprised of a brewery, distillery and visitor experience with bar, this new complex will be built on the brown field site which was previously home to an old t-shirt factory. Prior to t-shirts, TVRs (high-end sports cars) were built here and before that it was a boat yard. Blacks are excited to add to this rich history, as they open the doors of this new venture in 2023, which will mark their 10-year anniversary.

Blacks Brewery & Distillery are trailblazers of the drinks industry, continuing to bring exciting innovations and Irish firsts to the market. Founded in 2013 by dynamic husband and wife duo, Sam and Maudeline Black, they took their place in history as the first co-located brewery & distillery in Ireland. With one simple mission, to escape the mundane of the mass market, Blacks produce craft beers with passion, personality and lots of hops, while also pushing the boundaries of flavour when crafting their range of award-winning spirits, including Ireland’s first-ever spiced rum. Last year they also released a world’s first for Irish Whiskey with an 18-Year-Old Single Malt with Irish Rum Cask Finish being added to their already impressive portfolio.

Speaking in relation to this planning approval, founder Sam Black commented,

“I cannot begin to explain the joy which the entire team here at Blacks are feeling right now. This expansion has been in the works for a number of years, and to finally get the green light to start building our new and improved home in amazing. We have been living the dream since 2013, and are so excited to let others experience this passion. Visitors will get a front row pass to our production process, getting to enjoy the picturesque sights over the Bandon River, but also the even more impressive views through the windows of our copper stills at our liquid gold and malt mashing in the production hall of the Brewery & Distillery.

“Not only will this new facility allow us to bring a wider variety of beers and spirits to our loyal Blacks consumers, but this complex is also a fantastic boost for our local economy here in Kinsale, both in terms of employment, but also tourism which has taken a hit over the last two years as a result of Covid-19.”


As members of Bord Bia’s Origin Green, sustainability is a core value of Blacks. Over the last four years Blacks have exceeded their sustainability goals for waste reduction, recycling and for the lowering of their power consumption. In this new development the team are committed to continuing their investment and drive in energy efficient technologies. An oak tree planting programme is currently being set-up that will see new oak trees being planted for every case of whiskey sold.

For investors who have always been attracted to the drinks industry, this new development comes with some exciting EIIS investment opportunities. These packages are being managed by Westboro Capital, and interested parties can request information via the Blacks Brewery & Distillery website – www.blackswhiskey.com/invest

For more information on Blacks new complex, investment opportunities, or their award-winning spirits and craft beer offers and exclusives, visit www.blacksbrewery.com or follow Blacks online at Facebook/BlacksOfKinsale, Instagram/blacksbrewery and Twitter @BlacksBrewery


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