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Soak up the atmosphere and savour the ancient craft of independent, artisan brewing at Sullivan’s Taproom, located in the heart of Kilkenny city.

Combine internationally award winning craft beer with a delicious menu available 7 days a week, containing items such as hand made pizza made on site, burgers, nachos, wings and more! Established in 1702 at The Malting’s on James’s Street, Kilkenny, Sullivan’s brewery survived a fire in 1880 and was lost on horse bet in 1918 before being revived in 2016 by members of the Sullivan and Smithwick families. Sullivan’s Brewing Company is now back stronger than ever producing award winning beer – The Malting’s Red Ale was voted Best Draught Ale in the world, 2017/18!


Reserve your outdoor table or 6 person pod in our extremely popular beer garden, complete with big screen TVs. One of the best (if not the best) outdoor area in town! Covered and heated during the cold weather – opened up into a sun trap during the summer months! Dog friendly and ideal for families during the day and early evening.


Available for private parties and functions, our Secret Garden area offers a private event space with a combination of table options with seating for up to 100 guests. Perfect for all your celebrations – such as weddings, day twos, birthdays, retirements, bon voyages and corporate events. Live music also available on request. Our Secret Garden is also complete with large screen TVs, heaters and dedicated staff.

Click HERE for a copy of our Function Menu.


Inspired by traditional Kilkenny recipes and brewed the way the family has always brewed – the way real Irish beer should be brewed – by local experts, by hand, in small batches, with enormous heart and the finest locally sourced ingredients.

Maltings Red Ale
The first beer from the revived Sullivan’s Brewing Company is Maltings Irish Red Ale.  A refreshingly balanced, ruby tinted classic Irish ale with a depth of malt flavour consisting of rich biscuit and gentle caramel notes. Traditionally brewed with only Kilkenny-grown malt, including three special darker malts and three hop varieties. Fermented and matured with cask ale yeast coupled with our no-rush brewing to produce a smooth, balanced classic red ale.

Irish Gold
Next up is the Irish Gold. Traditionally Brewed With Lightly Roasted Cara Malt And Finished With First Gold Aroma Hops. As lagers were brewed in the 1800’s, this is a traditional kettle-hopped Golden Ale with early & late hop additions for a clean, citrus finish and a rich, copper gold colour. Brewed by a true master, the beauty of this ale lies in its balance, session-ability and subtle apricot & tangerine finish.

Black Marble Stout
Completing the Sullivan’s line up is the Black Marble Stout. A full-flavoured traditional Irish stout using roast coffee, with fruit notes balanced by delicious hop bitterness. A dark, deep stout with a rich tan foam and aromas of roast coffee notes with a fruit and hop background. Expect generous malt and coffee notes balanced by a delicious hop bitterness.


Our food menu is packed full of perfect beer food – think delicious stone baked pizzas – we pride ourselves on our home made, hand stretched pizza – burgers, wings, summer salads & much more. Offering a casual dining experience with a varied children’s menu. Food is served 7 days a week offering vegetarian, gluten friendly and vegan options.