The project wasn’t long started when I joined. What is the Brewpub now was a building site and our Brewhouse was bits of stainless steel and copper on a workshop floor in Germany.
The first six months had a bit of a surreal feel to them; we were very busy but there were so many unknowns at the same time. Eventually after many 18-hour days and seemingly endless to-do lists we got the doors open August weekend 2014, a huge team effort.
So we got down to the everyday jobs of making and selling beer. It was at this point that I realised what a crew we had, the work ethic and passion that each person had really became apparent.
Our beer was starting to become popular in Cork, the customer feedback was good, so in 2015 we entered two prestigious international beer competitions.
We have entered both these competitions every year since and have had some really good results to date.
In the International Beer Challenge we have taken 21 awards, with the highlight from this competition coming last year when we won “Best ale in the world up to 5%” for our Changeling pale ale.
The second competition we enter is The World Beer Awards. In this, we’ve won 18 gold medals of which 14 were also declared country winners and this year our Dreamcatcher won “World’s Best Golden Ale”.
These results are something I’m very proud of and they are a testament to both the team we have working here and our customers who provide us with excellent feedback.
The Best Innovative Pub of the Year award, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, rewards a pub who demonstrates how innovation has significantly improved their business, and Rising Sons Brewery shows all the signs of pure innovation, Cork-style!
Listening to their customers, this brewing team have delivered a plethora of award-winning ales, stout and lager with consistent new flavours and recipes constantly being at the forefront of their ethos.
In its five years of life, Rising Sons Brewery, has far exceeded its team’s expectations.
General manager Judy Wilkins said: “To be nominated and then to win the Regional of this prestigious Award, we’re yet again humbled by the acknowledgement by these large bodies and of course the true acknowledgement by way of the ever-growing customer base for our products both in our Rising Sons Brewery Pub and our sister bars . The brewing team are under severe pressure to fulfil an ever-growing demand, and we are seeking innovative ways to meet this demand.”
Head Brewer Shane Murphy says: “Rising Sons is family-owned, quality-focused, traditional but imaginative, and a mix of the old and new. We won’t stop creating and bringing our unique flavours and offerings to the local community and further afield. These recent wins are just constant reminders that we’re doing something right but more importantly it’s our customers who are consistently supporting us and have us brewers working harder than ever before.”
For more information: visit www.risingsonsbrewery.com