About J.W. Sweetman
Our site here at 1&2 Burgh Quay dates back as far as 1808 with a lot of history and stories to tell. Housed inside this wonderful 19Th century building is a microbrewery, a pub and a restaurant. We at J.W. Sweetmans would like to welcome you to be a part of something special.
Number 1 Burgh Quay began as a tavern which offered welcome hospitality to the ships that were docked outside its door. Meanwhile, next door at 2 Burgh Quay, flax, rope and hemp was manufactured and sold. Later on, 2 Burgh Quay housed the Dublin Library Society. Meetings were held regularly in what we now know as the “Conversation Room”, accessible on our first floor and still parading its original ceiling roses. Here we pay homage to our site’s rich history and encourage the appreciation of great Irish literature.
There was a time when Ireland was renowned for its brewing excellence, with hundreds of breweries producing beers of every description. The excise list for 1768 showed returns for forty three brewers in Dublin City, with many of these large operations employing dozens of workers. Dublin was home to a thriving and truly cosmopolitan brewing industry, with twelve breweries situated along the banks of the River Liffey by the end of the eighteen century.
In 1756, our namesake, John William Sweetman, established his own extensive network of breweries in the capital. He was an esteemed politician, architect and art connoisseur. By the 1820’s, the Sweetman’s breweries were producing 450 barrels per week, and were bettered only by Guinness’ with 600 barrels per week.
Now we at JW Sweetmans are delighted to show deference to the Dublin brewing industry’s rich history, while once again bringing quality Dublin brews to the fore. We offer our visitors a distinctive opportunity to view the brewing process as it takes place in the Brew House situated on the ground floor. To complement the unique range of beers brewed on site, we have developed a food offering in line with the authentic Irish service that we hope to offer to all of our guests. At JW Sweetmans, customers can try a tasting menu with dishes matched to each of our craft beers as part of the beer tasting and food experience designed by our head chef and brew master.
From Irish Stew to Braised Lamb Shank, Sweetmans Own Beer Battered Cod to the Brewmaster Burger, we believe that our menu gives customers good quality, authentic Irish food.
In essence, we are delighted to welcome all of our visitors to our Independent Microbrewery J.W. Sweetman to take part in our rich heritage of warm hospitality and uniquely crafted beers.