It’s alive! After years of hard work (you just need to read their website to learn the full story) Dead Centre Brewing has officially launched in Athlone at the end of February 2019. If you ever walked past the venue, formerly The Ritz Gastropub, you may have caught a glimpse of the smart interior from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Talking of ceilings, they are double height so the place gets plenty of natural light.
Overlooking the River Shannon, Dead Centre Brewing is a unique venue for get togethers or a relaxed drink. You can also have pizza expertly baked on the premises and a selection of desserts including gluten-free treats from Kate O’Driscoll.
Owner Liam Tutty benefited from participating in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition run by the Local Enterprise Office in Westmeath, which offers mentoring and funding for business owners aged 18-35. An added bonus for Dead Centre Brewing from joining this scheme was getting plenty of media exposure including being featured in the Irish Times.
The Beers at Dead Centre Brewing Athlone
There is a wide selection of craft beers from porters to pale ales. For example, I had the Wicklow Wolf, a porter with hints of blackberries (I was told from a fellow punter) and the Wizard of the Sonic, a strong ale at 8.3%. You can buy a glass or a pint so you can even have a night out on a budget. Some beers are on limited edition, for example the chocolate porter and the coffee porter, so you need to act quickly if there’s only one keg on the night.
On the opening night, you could choose from both Dead Centre Brewing’s own craft beers and from other independent breweries. For example, you could have the Marooned Oatmeal IPA (5.5%) made with Kilbeggan organic oats, the Seeking Sunshine Summer Pale Ale (5%) with citrus notes from Citra and Amarillo dry hops, the Wizard of the Sonic (8.3%) mentioned earlier or the Porterhouse Plain Nitro Porter (4.2%). The selection will change over time to offer plenty of choice.
Ambience at Dead Centre Brewing Athlone
This is a modern venue that looks sharp and looks the part. The copper fermentation tanks in the taproom are in plain sight, gleaming beautifully under the lights. The overall feel is industrial but friendly and you can clearly see that this venue is perfect for guided tours and events. Most of the furniture was built from scratch using recycled materials. Talking of materials, there are a couple of displays on the walls showing the beer ingredients in glass jars, which is really interesting. A huge wall in blackboard paint tells the story of the brewing process from milling the grains to fermentation. The whole place is Instagram-worthy, particularly the side overlooking the Shannon, so it ticks all the boxes.
Location: Custume Pier, Athlone.