the legend of bo bristle
At Bo Bristle beer is in our blood –
when we're not making it, we're
drinking it! Bo Bristle was founded by two
brothers-in-law with a dream: to make
great brews for people who know their
beer. With the support of the Offaly
community, the brewery opened in 2010
under the name “Breweyed” in Banagher.
In 2012, we decided the wild beers we
were brewing deserved an equally wild name, and Bo Bristle was born. The savage brews have been flowing ever since!
The name Bo Bristle comes from Celtic legend, where great importance is attached to the bristles of the boar. They were the distinguishing characteristic of the animal and symbolic of
its strength. Boar hunting features heavily in Celtic & Irish mythology. One such story is that of Fionn Mac Cumhaill luring his rival Diarmuid Ua Duibhne to his death;
gored by the powerful bristle of the boar. Our beers are likewise known for their strength, flavour and seriously savage character. Sláinte!
Banagher, Co. Offaly
The Bo Brewery is located in the midlands town of
Banagher on the banks of the river Shannon, in the
heart of Ireland. It has a long standing brewing tradition
going back to 1834 where there was a distillery,
a brewery, two tanyards, a malthouse and
corn mills in full operation in the town.
The town was once the focus of a thriving river business
and was an important stop on the Dublin to Limerick
navigation. A number of notable literary figures have
stayed at Banagher, including novelist Charlotte Brontë
who married a curate who was raised in Banagher.
The town is the source of the well-known phrase: "Well,
that beats Banagher and Banagher beats the devil,"
although we don't know quite where this came from!
We are constantly working to bring you
the best possible pint. We use brewing techniques that have evolved over thousands of years and we source all our natural ingredients from around the globe. Our 1,000 litre brewhouse holds a state-of-the-art system, which gives us complete control over every stage of the process, from the fresh hops to the bottle tops. That means every single drop of our beer meets the rigorously high standards we demand.