Firstly, the session, or beer blogging Friday is an event that takes place on the first Friday of every month. Beer writers around the world write an article on a single subject, picked by the host (that's me this month). The host then reads all the articles and writes a summary or round up article. It's a great way to write about something you might not ordinarily write about as well as get new people to read your blog. Most of all, it's just plain fun. You can find out more about The Session and how to participate here.
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Mill Park Brewery - Enniscorthy, County Wexford.
The newest building was a two-story mineral water factory measuring 120 x 19 feet. I'm not sure it can be seen from the road unfortunately but adjoining it are the offices it would seem, or at least they were when constructed.
The mineral water factory was added in 1883. It was served by a three horse-power vertical engine, and bears evidence of careful management. The output, including champagne cider, fruit syrups and cordials, went to nearly every town and village in the counties of Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, and Wicklow. The water was secured from a well on the premises at a depth of 120 feet.
Just a note that while I live in Dublin, I picked Lett's because my dad lives across the road from the old brewery. When I stay at his place and open the curtains in the morning, I'm greeted with the majestic image of the old malt house pictured above. I should also note that information on the brewery is sporadic at best on the internet but I did find a few sources from old documents that had been digitally scanned. Unfortunately a request to Lett's yielded no response, probably because of their financial troubles. Hopefully, I haven't made too many mistakes.
And finally, thank you to everyone who joined in with The Session 87. I look forward to reading your articles and posting a round-up in a week or so.