Brand Story

Our craft brewery is located in the heart of the Boyne valley in the province of Leinster, Ireland—a land steeped in legend and mystery.

Boann is the Irish goddess of the River Boyne. She created the river which runs through the heart of this ancient land and she is also our namesake.

The River Boyne has been known since ancient times and despite its short course, it has huge historical, archaeological and mythical importance, all of which are deeply engrained in Irish culture.

According to legend Boann was also the wife of Nechtan, then leader of the Tuatha dé Danann, one of the ancient ruling tribes of Ireland and it is from here we draw many of the stories that inspire the names of our beers.

From the goddess of the river Boyne we take our inspiration, from the goodness of the Boyne Valley we take our pure ingredients.

Our Brewery

With a three vessel 35HL Kaspar Schulz brewhouse at its heart and using traditional brewing methods, we use only the finest raw materials and Boyne Valley well water in all of our beers.

Our brewhouse has dual mash conversion/kettle with a separate lauter tun and whirlpool.

We have average ferments of eight days and conditioning times of 14—21 days.

We bottle, can and keg all our beers in-house on the most sophisticated independently owned packaging lines in Ireland, to ensure consistency and the highest quality standards.

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Our Brewing Team

Our head brewer, Andrew Jorgensen is a New Zealander of Danish extraction. Jorgensen is a name with a proud brewing heritage and Andrew will neither confirm nor deny that he is related to the man who smuggled the original lager yeast out of Bohemia under a top hat. Andrew trained as a brewer at the renowned Heriot Watt International Centre for Brewing and Distilling near Edinburgh. He came to brewing late in life having previously taught philosophy.

Working alongside Andrew is Richard, who escaped academic philosophy at TCD some years ago to pursue his real passion, brewing. He was formerly the brewer at Craftworks, a small contract brewery in Dublin, where he had the opportunity to brew many different types of beer for many different companies, picking up several medals at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup along the way. Richard loves brewing (and drinking) all different types of beer, but he has a particular soft spot for the Belgians.

 

Brewing History

Drogheda has more than just a passing connection to brewing—at one time there were nine breweries in the region.

The most famous of these was Cairnes Brewery, founded in 1825 by William Cairnes. At its height Cairnes Brewery employed over two hundred workers and exported bottled stout all the way to America and the West Indies.

The gates closed for the final time in 1960 after being bought out by Guinness, bringing to an end nearly one hundred and forty years of brewing tradition in the area.

Boyne Brewhouse has started a new chapter in the brewing story of Drogheda .

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The Boyne Valley

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Newgrange lies at the heart of the Boyne Valley. Sitting on a summit, it overlooks the swirling waters of the River Boyne.

It is the oldest astronomically aligned structure in the world, older than Stonehenge, older than the pyramids.

The Hill of Tara

The Hill of Tara, which is also located near the River Boyne, is an ancient archaeological complex. It contains a number of ancient monuments and according to tradition, was once the seat of the High King of Ireland.

Discover more of our ancient past and keep up to date by visiting Discover Boyne Valley, or else download the Discover Boyne Valley Guide 2016.

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The Official Discover Boyne Valley App

A unique and authentic travel experience, guiding you along the 225km Boyne Valley Driving Route, as you delve deeper and deeper into the history of the Boyne Valley.

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