Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny Launches New Barrel Yard Outdoor Space And Flavours Room

By Donna Ahern
Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny Launches New Barrel Yard Outdoor Space And Flavours Room

Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny has announced of its brand new Barrel Yard outdoor space and Flavours Room sensory experience.

The 'one-of-a-kind' Smithwick's Experience, located in the heart of Kilkenny’s Abbey Quarter, honours the red ale and it’s 300-year history.

The experience re-opened in July 2022 with new spaces and enhancements throughout.

The Barrel Yard

The ale brand explained that the Barrel Yard, Smithwick’s Experience’s new outdoor space, is the location of the former brewery yard where historically, large wooden barrels were repaired and stored ready to be filled with Smithwick’s ale for distribution to pubs around Ireland.


In years gone by, this space would have been a hive of activity, remembered fondly by many of the old brewery workers and their families who remain in Kilkenny to this day, it added.

Speaking at the launch of the new Barrel Yard and Flavours Room, Catherine Toolan, managing director at Diageo Irish Brand Homes, said, "Our new outdoor space, The Barrel Yard, is the ideal place to meet with friends or relax after your Smithwick’s experience."

Flavours Room

The Flavours Room, another new addition, explores the ingredients and flavour profile of Smithwick’s.

"The Flavours Room, the penultimate stop on the tour will give visitors a heightened appreciation for the art ingredients and taste of the famous red ale," Toolan added.


The Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny is open Thursday to Monday inclusive.

Tickets from €16, including the tour and a complimentary ale tasting for over 18s with a valid ID.

Non-alcoholic options and soft drinks are also available. Group rates are available on request.

For more information see

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