Ballykilcavan Farm and Brewery


Ballykilcavan Brewery is set in a 240-year-old stone farmyard on the 1100-acre farm that has been owned by the Walsh family since 1639. David Walsh-Kemmis, brewery owner and 13th generation farmer, grows the brewing barley on the farm, while the spring water is drawn from a well in the farmyard. Visitors to Ballykilcavan now have the opportunity to join David on an engaging, fully-guided-farm and brewery tour that shares insights into his family’s 380-year-old farming history. In the brewery, experience the taste of the malts made from home-grown barley and the smell of the hops used to brew the beers. Following an insightful walk through the working brewery, end with a tasting of the finished product! Tours are available year-round but must be booked in advance. Public tours are listed at, and you can book a private tour by emailing David on

Current opening times

Monday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday Closed


  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Paid Visit
  • Covid-19 Guidelines
  • Guided Tours
  • Car Parking Available
  • Guide Dogs Welcomed
  • Toilets
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Paper Ticket Accepted
  • Families
  • Distilleries & Breweries
  • Solo Visitors
  • Friends
  • Mature visitors
During the highlights tour, join brewery owner and 13th generation farmer, David Walsh-Kemmis, on a guided walk through his historic farmyard and hear the stories of his family’s 380-year farming history at Ballykilcavan. 

In David’s capable hands, visit the on-site working brewery to learn about the artful process behind crafting beer. Understand the provenance of this high-quality beer as you smell the hops and taste the malts that have been made from home-grown farm barley. End with a tutored tasting of four different Ballykilcavan beers within a restored 19th century mill house.

  • Fully guided tour of the 240-year-old stone farmyard at Ballykilcavan with family stories 
  • Brewery tour including tasting of ingredients, walk through brewery and guided beer tasting (4 different beers - 4 x 125ml samples)
Tours must be booked through or by emailing 
24 hours in advance.
  • Relaxed visit
  • Family stories from 13 generations of history
  • Sensory experience - taste the malts, smell the hops, sample the finished product

Contact details

  • Ballykilcavan Farm
  • Ballykilcavan
  • Stradbally
  • Ireland