Our 2016 barley has been converted into pale ale malt by Minch Malt in Athy, so we now have all our ingredients in place to be able to brew our first beers made from 100% Ballykilcavan barley. I have a test batch underway and will have samples available in about three weeks' time.
I'm impatient to get brewing commercially at this stage. As I've mentioned before, we are going to be brewing in Lock 13 in Sallins until we get planning permission for our own brewery on the farm. There have been a few unavoidable delays in getting the Sallins brewery installed and approved, but it's in place now, and should be available for brewing on at the end of the month. Allow a week for final testing, and I'm hoping to be brewing in early May, which means a launch sometime in June. As soon as I have a definitive date, I'll post here and on the facebook and twitter pages.
Our planning application for the on-farm brewery has come back with some requests for further information, and we will be submitting these before the end of the month. If all goes well, we could be looking at starting renovations on the building and ordering our kit by the end of the summer.
Our 2017 barley crop is safely in the ground and growing well. This will be harvested in August before being dried, stored and eventually converted into next year's malt