Our malting barley from the Bin Bawn field was cut on Tuesday 9th of July, and delivered to Minch Malt for drying and storage. It needs to rest for a couple of months before being malted, but it won't be long until we have our own barley back on site and ready to brew with. We've also been harvesting the hops from the hop garden. It's only year one for the plants, but they yielded well, and the hops are now vacuum packed and in cold storage.
Work has been continuing over the summer to get us up and running in the farmyard at Ballykilcavan. We are currently preparing our planning permission documentation, and expect to submit it before the end of the year. The plans are for a 10hl brewery, initially brewing once a week, but expanding up to 5 times a week at full capacity.
Until we can get going on the farm, I have arranged to brew in Lock 13 in Sallins. Barry and Brendan have been granted planning permission and have their brewery ordered and on its way. There is still some paperwork to sort out, but we hope to be able to produce our first batch in either late November or early January. If it's November, then it will be a Christmas launch; if it's January, then it will be an April launch.
I will continue to post progress reports here and on twitter and facebook, and in particular when we set our official launch date. In the meantime, if you'd like to try any of the sample recipes we're working on, please contact David.