My wife and I enjoyed this tour of the Smithwicks (don't pronounce the 'w') Brewery. We went on Saturday, so there wasn't production going on at that time. Mid-week tours might be more interesting for that reason. It was still fun to see their equipment and hear about the history of Smithwicks and how the beer is brewed. The tour ends in the underground cellar bar with a free pint. My wife, who doesn't drink beer, was gracious enough to give me her pint. I gladly obliged and enjoyed 2 free pints. Now that's a happy ending!
Note: the tours fill up fast, so it's a good idea to book online or go ahead of time to purchase tickets and then return later. Once the tour quota is filled they turn people away, so don't show up right at tour time and expect to get in. I'd hate for you to miss this opportunity. Also, Smithwicks will be closing their brewery in Kilkenny at the end of 2013 and moving to Dublin. A piece of history will be gone, so I highly recommend visiting in 2013 if you're there.
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