818 Kempton St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
About Kirby’s Irish Pub in New Bedford:
Kirby’s Irish pub is located at 818 Kempton Street in New Bedford, Massachusetts. It is owned, built, and employed by the Kirby family. Kirby’s Irish Pub is open seven days a week 3:00p.m.-2:00a.m. They feature twelve draft beers including old Irish favorites such as Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick’s.
Smithwick’s is a great kind of beer you can find at Kirby’s Irish Pub in New Bedford. Smithwick’s was originally brewed in St. Francis Abbey Brewery in Kilkenny, known as ‘Smithwicks Brewery’ until c.2000. The brewery is situated on the site of a Franciscan abbey where monks had brewed ale since the 14th century, and has ruins of the original abbey on its grounds. It is Ireland’s oldest operating brewery, founded by John Smithwick in 1710 on land owned by the Duke of Ormonde.
Smithwick’s brewery was the major ale producer in Ireland until was purchased from Walter Smithwick in 1965 by Guinness and is now, along with Guinness, part of Diageo. Smithwick’s as most people know it today was originally created as a special brew for the first Kilkenny Beer Festival, later called Smithwicks No. 1 and now just Smithwicks. The head brewer in those days was Ron Girdham. Smithwick’s for the domestic market is brewed in Kilkenny and the higher strength export variety is brewed in Dundalk. Smithwick’s is listed in the top five best tasting beers by the McHale beer rating club of Ireland.