Diageo has announced plans to open a new lager and ale brewery in Kildare.

Newbridge’s € 200 million facility will directly create 50 jobs and will be operational from 2024.

A global beverage giant said it would be Ireland’s first carbon-neutral brewery on the Greenfield site. The facility brews lagers and ales such as rock shore, harp, hop house 13, Smithwick, Kilkenny and Carlsberg.

The opening of the brewery means that Diageo’s St. James Gate site in Dublin will be more robust on the global market.

From left: Diageo’s Colin O’Brien, Ellen McGrane, Aidan Crowe, IDA Ireland’s Mary Buckley, Enterprise Ireland’s Leo Clancy, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.Photo: Mark O’Sullivan

Diageo will submit a plan application to the Kildare County Council in September and, if successful, will begin brewing in 2024 after a construction period of approximately two years.

Investing in Diageo is “really great news for the future development of Ireland’s prosperous food and beverage industry and for the wider national economy,” said Tanaiste and Leo Varadkar, Minister of Business.

“It’s also very positive for the local economies of Newbridge and Kirdea. Up to 1,000 jobs will be created during the construction of the site, and 50 jobs will be created once it is built … the industry has a role to play. I’m really happy that Diageo is in control, and I’m confident that investing in this carbon-neutral brewery will be a prime example for others. “

Diageo’s Colin O’Brien said plans for a group of breweries in Kildare and development at St. James Gate will enable sustainable growth of overall beer exports from Ireland.

“We are committed to incorporating sustainability throughout our business by becoming carbon neutral in our direct business.”

According to O’Brien, the Newbridge facility will initially use wood chip boilers and switch to renewable energy through contracts with external suppliers. St. James Gate, on the other hand, is used when the required amount of biogas or electric boiler is available.

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