Love your local

Love your local brewery? My local is Wicklow Wolf and if this title was a commandment, it’d be an easy one to keep. New to Bray in the last few years, having a solid brewery is one of the many things I’ve come to like about this North Wicklow town. Most of the local pubs that I go to have it on draught and if not they at least offer a selection of the bottled beer.

For anybody that hasn’t tried Wicklow Wolf beer yet, they have something you could enjoy regardless of your taste. A list of my favourites; Perle porter, Elevation pale, Free ranger ipa, Easy lover session ipa, Kentucky common brown ale, American amber, Arcadia Kölsch... I think you get the picture that there’s a broad range.

I got to make the acquaintance of Gordon the tech and deliveries guy when I worked in Whelehan’s Wines and also Quincey the co-owner, both sound chaps. I popped my head into the brewery today and Pete Reynier, head-brewer was there and kindly showed us around. Pete opened the door to a brew tank and showed us a thick bed of hops left behind from a hopped porter he is working on. This will be one of two seasonal beers coming soon. Pete has been working here for two and a half years and estimated that they have brewed 25 beers since then. One of the great things about being an artisan brewery this size is that you don’t feel the need to do colossal batches so you can try different things.

Interesting fact: Wicklow Wolf even have their own hop farm in Roundwood (county Wicklow), growing six kinds of hops for their scrumptious creations like the Locavore Irish pale ale.

Interesting fact: Wicklow Wolf even have their own hop farm in Roundwood (county Wicklow), growing six kinds of hops for their scrumptious creations like the Locavore Irish pale ale.


Shout out to Wicklow Wolf, myself and surely many locals appreciate what you bring to the town and the great beers born in your brewery. What's your favourite Wicklow Wolf beer? Comment below.