We never intended to know about warehousing legislation, VAT, Excise and setting up companies, about how to build cold rooms or weld stainless steel fittings, how to troubleshoot problems with plumbing, electrics, heating elements, hydraulics, gas burners, glycol chillers and a lot more. Being unhappy in our demanding jobs as veterinarians got us thinking about beer, lots of it, and that is how it all began.
In 2010 Bart welded together our first brewery - a 50 litre set up. For three years, we brewed each week in Cillian's garage, creating recipes and learning from our mistakes. The real work started when we set about converting a farm shed on Bart's farm building a 1000 litre brewhouse from scratch.
Many expansions later, we’ve now lost most of our hair, but, on a good day, we wouldn't swap it for anything.
Let us show you around the brewery and tell you a bit of the story of how we left veterinary practice to run a microbrewery. We will lead you through our range of 7 beers describing the flavour profile and some of the history of each style. Finger food is served, the tours are informal and fun and we encourage questions. The tours lasts about one and a half hours and costs €15 per person.
Mescan Brewery is named after Mescan the monk who was St. Patrick's friend and personal brewer. It is situated on the slopes of Croagh Patrick and is owned and operated by Bart Adons and Cillian Ó Móráin, two Westport vets who have been friends and colleagues for nearly 20 years. The pair spent four years perfecting their original recipes inspired by the beers of Belgium, Bart's homeland before starting to brew commercially in 2013.
The water for Mescan beers comes from deep underneath Croagh Patrick via a spring beside the brewery. Malts, hops and yeast for the beer come from Belgium.