Oileán Éadaigh West Mayo Brewery was founded by Iain and Caroline Price in the rural parish of Islandeady, situated between Westport and Castlebar, in County Mayo on our working farm.
It was inspired by our love for craft beer and the desire to provide consumers in County Mayo with a greater choice of quality ales. It was also a means to make the most of our small holding by a farm diversification project that was enjoyable, environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Caroline is originally from Islandeady and has always been involved with farming. We have cattle on our farm as well as chickens, and occasionally pigs. Caroline also keeps bees and will be adding ducks to the menagerie soon. She has worked for several organisations in the UK, mainly in I.T., and looks after the business side of the brewery in addition to line cleaning duties and assisting in deliveries!
Caroline is also active in the local community, having helped set-up the Bilberries play group.
Iain is the brewer. He trained with Brewlab at the University of Sunderland beginning in 2009 and is also a member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, completing their IBD Diploma in Brewing (Dipl.Brew) in 2011. The training was essential to make the big step up from home brewing, ensuring the brewery design and final product were of top quality, ready to be enjoyed by a discerning public!
In conjunction with Brewlab, we hope to have similar start up training courses available in County Mayo soon. Please see the Training page for details.
We would like to thank and acknowledge the assistance of South West Mayo Development in the set- up of the brewery, which was instrumental in helping us launch the business. We also are grateful for the on-going assistance of organisations in County Mayo, such as the Local Enterprise Office and of Gnó Maigh Eo.
There is also this video about us on the Wild Atlantic Way made by A Taste Of Ireland - thanks guys! A Taste of Ireland