WELCOME TO YELLOWBELLY BEER
We love beer. It’s why we brew it, and it’s why we drink it. And we know you do too. That’s probably why you are here, right? Learning about your new favourite brewery, perhaps reading up about a beer you are drinking right now or simply because you heard we make comics and want to check it out. Whatever the reason, we’re glad you swung by.
YellowBelly poured their first pint in May 2015, but the idea was born long before that. The founders of the brewery Nicky and Simon Lambert attended a brewing course in Manchester in 2009, and from then on the dream of opening a brewery on the site of their family pub began. Their first aim was to turn their pub into a craft beer destination in the heart of Wexford Town. Focusing on Irish Craft Beer & Spirits they quickly built up an exciting range of quality Irish products and went about changing the tastes of locals and enticing tourists into their pub. With a market established they set about work on their own 200 litre nano brewery in the basement of the pub. This work began in 2013, converting old store rooms into a semi-automated brewery, built using reconditioned tanks and a bit of local sweat and knowledge. The fruits of that labour were a 200 litre Brewhouse capable of producing 20 kegs a week split across 3 products. A pale ale, lager and a special. This weekly special quickly put YellowBelly on the map. Under the stewardship of Head Brewer Declan Nixon over 100 unique beers were produced in our first year, with Simons Lambert & Sons being the only outlet to get your hands on them. Some of these early beers include the likes of Castaway and Citra which have become staples of the brewery throughout its history.
With the team brewing 3 times a day, 5 days a week, the decision was made to invest in a new 1000 litre brewhouse to meet demand. This allowed YellowBelly to start expanding into the local marketplace as well as a few select craft beer specialist outlets in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, & Galway. Variation and limited-edition releases were still at the ethos of the brewery, producing new and exciting beers every week. Capacity was reached extremely quickly yet again, and the brewery realised that it would need to move to a new site to reach its full potential.
A unit was secured just outside Wexford Town and work began on November 2016. The new brewhouse was sourced from a most unlikely source. Brewdog, one of the worlds most recognised craft beer brands had sold their old brewkit to Spanish buyer, its proposed Spanish home didn’t materialise, and the brewery ended up for sale in a scrap yard in Santander. A few calls were made to Brewdogs brewing team, who confirmed it was in good condition and just needed a bit of a clean-up. Nicky Lambert volunteered to make the arduous trip to sunny Spain and the deal was done.
The brewery was commissioned in March 2017, alongside a Wild Goose canning line which allowed YellowBelly to consistently offer a packaged product for the off-licence trade for the first time. While some small batch bottling was done from the Simon Lambert & Sons Brewery, it was limited to 50 cases per product and the same beer was never packaged twice. The 1000 litre brewery was also moved up to the Whiterock Hill site which allowed us to maintain our consistent small batch keg only releases. By the end of 2018, over 250 unique beers had been produced. Now, in 2019, we are going from strength to strength, and taking our Citra Pale Ale global.
All the artwork you see across our Tap Badges and Cans features our fictional hero ‘YellowBelly’. He’s the “Dr. Who” of Beer; travelling through time and space to find new recipes, discover ingredients and to fight the bad guys trying to destroy good beer. Our Creative Director, Paul Reck, creates all the artwork and is the mastermind behind our ‘YellowBelly Tales’ Comic Book Series, which can read for free here on the site.
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