A pint of Smithwick's - © Torval Mork
A pint of Smithwick's - © Torval Mork

Made in Kilkenny, Ireland, Smithwick’s is a red Irish beer. Tasteful and creamy, it is served in most pubs in Ireland, and is said to have some rivalry with its counterparts of the same type: Guinness, Murphy and Beamish. Nevertheless, there are important differences in terms of taste and appearance…

History of Smithwick’s

An Irish Beer brewed since 1710…

Smithwick’s beer brewery was founded in 1710 by John Smithwick, on the ruins of a 13th century abbey. In reference, the brewery was commonly called the “St Francis Abbey”, and very quickly began to produce red beers to be served in pubs on draught.

After a few years of production, Smithwick’s (pronounced Smit-icks) became an excellent brewery, and mass produced thousands of kegs of beer throughout Ireland.

Although somewhat abandoned in favour of brown beers, Smitwick’s has nevertheless earned its reputation and was recently bought by Guinness. It is now rarely found in France and the rest of Europe, but you’re sure to find it in any good pub in Ireland.

Specificities of Smithwick’s beer

A beer lighter than a stout, and with a stronger taste.

Light and pleasant on the palate, Smithwick’s has a very clear, almost reddish colour. Enhanced by a very light cream on the surface, it offers a soft and sweet aroma, exacerbated by a finely pronounced bitterness. Much weaker than a dark beer, it is an excellent compromise for those who appreciate a light beer.

In Ireland, Smithwick’s is available both draught and canned. The floating widget system is available in cans, which makes it possible to obtain a beer of a quality equivalent to a draught beer. Smithwick’s has an alcohol content of around 4%, making it a pleasure to drink in moderation!

L’abus d’alcool est dangereux pour la santé. A consommer avec modération.

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