Urban Brewing, a new venture from Carlow Brewing Company, has officially opened at the CHQ Building in Dublin.

Dublin’s newest craft brewery, bar and restaurant has made its home in 1,000 square metres of a restored 19th century bonded warehouse (previously known as Stack A) where precious cargo like wine, tobacco, tea and spirits were once stored in the city’s docklands.

Seamus O’Hara, CEO of Carlow Brewing Company, explained why Urban Brewing is a logical next step for the business, “The brewery celebrated a landmark 21st birthday this year, and similar to any young adult making their way in the big city, we are excited, enthusiastic, and admittedly a little nervous about our new home from home in Dublin! Urban Brewing has been a dream of the brewery team for a long time, but we needed to wait for the right space, with the right character and concept before we were comfortable taking such a big step.”

The microbrewery, restaurant and bars will offer customers an extensive list of Irish and international craft beers and ciders, wines, spirits and cocktails, along with the range of constantly evolving experimental and collaboration brews.

The venue has two kitchens and will cater for tapas style light bites and full a’ la carte for dinner service as well as lunch and special events. Taps and Tapas has a capacity of 170 and Stack A Restaurant can accommodate up to 250 at any given time.

On the suitability of the location and what guests to the new venue can expect, O’Hara commented; “The history of the Dublin Docklands is important to Urban Brewing, it has an edge, it’s authentic, and it is an exciting and rapidly developing area of the city, so we see a lot of parallels. The design of the building is not so much a restoration as a modern continuation of what was here before, and we know it is something that is going to appeal to our customers. The idea is for people who come to Urban Brewing to have a different experience every time they visit, whether it’s popping in for a freshly brewed beer and a few bites at the taps and tapas bar and hop garden, or for a more substantial meal over a bottle of wine in the Stack A Restaurant. Each area is designed to convey a different atmosphere, yet staying true to an identity that revolves around an urban and fun atmosphere. Guests can finish the night off with a special cocktail or a chilled pint in the Vault Bar or the Mezzanine overlooking George’s Dock.’’

For more information, see www.urbanbrewing.ie.