White Gypsy Brewery, Award Winning Irish Brewers
Cuilan Loughnane is a Templemore native. In 1997 he took up a job as a brewing assistant in Dwan’s brewery in Thurles under English brew master David Jones. By 1999 Cuilan was running the Dwan’s Brewery when David Jones moved on. In 2001 Cuilan and his wife Sally set up the Shelta Beer Co. Ltd and obtained a lease from Bill Dwan for the brewery in Thurles. Over the next 3 years they ran a very successful export business and won many awards for their beers. In 2004 Cuilan moved to Messr’s Maguire’s in Dublin city centre where he ran the brewing operation until 2009.
In 2009 an opportunity arose to purchase the Kinsale brewing equipment which had ceased operating. A suitable premises was located in Templemore, and the arduous task of moving a brewery and re-commissioning it was undertaken. After 6 months the brewery was ready to go and duly opened in August 2009.
In the White Gypsy Brewery's first year it won 2 awards for the best lager in Ireland. Cuilan’s ambition has always been to bring back a local beer to the local area. Since the demise of Perry’s in Rathdowney in 1966 there has been no local ale available throughout North Tipperary. With this in mind we are now launching “Ruby” Irish red ale under the White Gypsy brand with our focus very much on brewing a good flavoursome beer that we can all be proud of.