A JOURNEY BACK IN TIME
Our site here at 1&2 Burgh Quay dates back as far as 1808 with a lot of history and stories to tell. Housed inside this wonderful 19Th century building is a microbrewery, a pub and a restaurant. We at J.W. Sweetmans would like to welcome you to be a part of something special.
Number 1 Burgh Quay began as a tavern which offered welcome hospitality to the ships that were docked outside its door. Meanwhile, next door at 2 Burgh Quay, flax, rope and hemp was manufactured and sold. Later on, 2 Burgh Quay housed the Dublin Library Society. Meetings were held regularly in what we now know as the “Conversation Room”, accessible on our first floor and still parading its original ceiling roses. Here we pay homage to our site’s rich history and encourage the appreciation of great Irish literature.
There was a time when Ireland was renowned for its brewing excellence, with hundreds of breweries producing beers of every description. The excise list for 1768 showed returns for forty three brewers in Dublin City, with many of these large operations employing dozens of workers. Dublin was home to a thriving and truly cosmopolitan brewing industry, with twelve breweries situated along the banks of the River Liffey by the end of the eighteen century.
In 1756, our namesake, John William Sweetman, established his own extensive network of breweries in the capital. He was an esteemed politician, architect and art connoisseur. By the 1820’s, the Sweetman’s breweries were producing 450 barrels per week, and were bettered only by Guinness’ with 600 barrels per week.
Now we at JW Sweetmans are delighted to show deference to the Dublin brewing industry’s rich history, while once again bringing quality Dublin brews to the fore. We offer our visitors a distinctive opportunity to view the brewing process as it takes place in the Brew House situated on the ground floor. To complement the unique range of beers brewed on site, we have developed a food offering in line with the authentic Irish service that we hope to offer to all of our guests. At JW Sweetmans, customers can try a tasting menu with dishes matched to each of our craft beers as part of the beer tasting and food experience designed by our head chef and brew master.
From Dublin Coddle to Connemara Mussels, Sweetmans Own Beer Battered Cod to the Brewmaster Burger, we believe that our menu gives customers good quality, authentic Irish food.
In essence, we are delighted to welcome all of our visitors to our Independent Microbrewery J.W. Sweetman to take part in our rich heritage of warm hospitality and uniquely crafted beers.
+353 1 670 5777
1-2 Burgh Quay
Mon-Thur 10am - 11:30pm
Fri-Sat 10am – 2:30am
Sun 12pm – 11pm
We are proud to offer a selection of award winning Craft Beers brewed by our Head Brewer Rob Hopkins. Rob trained in New York and now consistently brews a full range of tasty and popular Craft Beers including Pale Ale, Red Ale, Weizz, Blonde, Porter, Stout and a selection of Seasonal Brews.
This selection of craft beers are brewed on-site
West Coast Pale Ale 4.5%
Californian style Pale Ale made from Irish malted barley and Cascade hops from the American Pacific Coast.
Irish red ale 4.8%
A traditional Irish style of Red Ale. Rich in colour from a blend of pale and dark malts. Malty sweet to taste with a hint of hops. A session beer..
Dublin Porter 4.8%
Traditional Dublin Porter. The blending of malted and unmalted barley produces a dark, rich and velvety smooth ale. Notes of chocolate, tobacco and espresso.
American Blonde Ale 4.2%
A lighter and more refreshing style of ale made from pale malted barley and a changeable blend of New World hops. Light and crisp but citrusy and full of flavour.
Bavarian Weiss 5%
Hefe-Weizen meaning 'wheat with yeast', this Bavarian style Weiss 'White' is highly effervescent, it is unfiltered, and hence cloudy, with a fluffy white head. Fruity and tart in the mouth, with hints of lemon, while the dominant aromas are of banana and clove.
Irish Dry Stout 4%
100% Irish Ale Malt, flaked and roasted barley with perfectly balanced hop character. Sweetman's smooth, creamy and aromatic session stout brewed by hand in the heart of Dublin by Dubs.
Sweetman's Seasonal Craft Beers
Ask Server for details of our rotational Limited Seasonal Brews.
cask conditioned ale
Rotational "real ale" from one of our house styles and served through our beer engines. The traditional way of serving and enjoying beer; the ale is moved from the fermenter directly to cask where it goes through secondary fermentation and conditions naturally.
All our Craft Beers Are Available for take away in Growlers or Flip Top Bottles.
Growlers - contains 4 and a half pints
We offer full growlers of any of our home brewed craft beers: €30
Or you can choose an empty bottle: €15 refill: €16
Take Out Bottles
Take home glass bottle containing 330ml of Sweetman’s craft beer brewed on-site €6.
If bottle is returned and re-used €4.70.
Enjoy both our growlers or bottles in the comfort of your own home or bring them to a party!
Sample five of our craft beers brewed on-site €8.50 per person
Sample eight of our craft beers brewed on-site €10.50 per person
Group bookings available.
Craft Beer Talks
Talks are available on request for groups of 10 or more.
TOP SHELF WHISKEYS
3 Whiskey Tasting - €15 per person
A mixture of Irish and International spirits.
Selection of Cocktails €9
WINE & PROSECCO
Full range of Wine & Prosecco Available
CLASSIC HOT DRINKS
Full range of Hot drinks available
1-2 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2
+353 1 670 5777