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Sullivan’s Brewing Company Announces Savannah Launch

LFPR - February 3, 2020 - 0 comments

Kilkenny-based Irish craft brewery with over 300 years of artisan brewing tradition debuts Maltings Irish Ale, Irish Gold and Black Marble Stout

February 3, 2020 — Savannah, GA — The 300-year-old Sullivan’s Brewing Company arrives this week in Savannah, straight from Ireland – just in time for Savannah’s legendary St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Sullivan’s evokes two legendary Irish brewing families, the Sullivans and the Smithwicks, the scions of this legendary brand. It will be available on draft and in cans at bars, restaurants and stores throughout greater Savannah.

Founded in 1702, in Kilkenny, Ireland — a town known as “The Home of Irish Craft Brewing” — Sullivan’s Brewing selected Savannah as one of its first U.S. launch markets due to its deep Irish heritage and vibrant culinary and bar community. The citrusy Irish Gold (5.2% ABV); the classic Black Marble Stout (5.1% ABV), a dark and deep Nitro-Stout with a rich foam, generous malt and coffee notes; and Sullivan’s flagship, Maltings Irish Ale (5% ABV) will be available in the Hostess City. The Maltings Irish Red Ale was named “the best ale on the planet” at the International Brewing Awards, making Sullivan’s the first Irish Brewery to win an International Brewing Award since the competition’s inception over 130 years ago. It is a smooth, ruby and balanced, classic Irish Red Ale, hard to find in the United States. Maltings Irish Ale offers deep flavors from the malt with notes of rich biscuit and caramel.

The brewing team is led by a world-renowned master brewer Ian Hamilton, who prides himself on craftsmanship, quality and innovation. His passion is working to perfect each recipe while adding creative twists that surprise drinkers’ palates.

“The beer we craft is inspired by traditional Kilkenny recipes and brewed the way the family has always brewed — the way real Irish beer should be brewed — by hand, in small batches, with enormous heart and the best locally-sourced ingredients from Ireland,” Hamilton said.

The beers are brewed using water filtered through Kilkenny’s limestone foundations for thousands of years, barley grown in Kilkenny’s mineral-rich soil, and a fermentation process that is four times longer than that of large-scale, industrially brewed beers.


First established in 1702, the Sullivan family brewing name was once the biggest in Kilkenny, having opened the town’s first commercial brewery. But the name fell into abeyance during the last century. The Sullivan and legendary Smithwick families were close, nearly neighbors and connected socially, through politics, by marriage – and also as business competitors. In 1918, an errant member of the Sullivan family bet and lost the entire business on a horse race, and the demise of the business soon followed. The Smithwick’s subsequently rescued the Sullivan’s workforce and assumed operations into their own brewery, thus retaining the rights to the Sullivan’s name.

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