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Behind the Scenes of a smokehouse and a brewery
Since we started welcoming visitors to our smokehouse, we have always been amazed at the level of curiosity and the inquisitive questions we were asked. We made this knowledge even more accessible now, and also throw in a craft beer brewing masterclass!
Birgitta Hedin Curtin, the owner-manager of the Burren Smokehouse, will begin the experience with a short video about the smoking process in our visitor centre. You will get a hands-on demonstration of the kiln: feel the oak shavings, open the kiln, look inside and smell the smoke.
Then you will go down to the production facility where normally access is prohibited to non-members of staff. Before going into the smoking room, the heart of the operation, you will change into protective clothing for your tour of the production area. You'll look inside the working smokebox and ovens. We believe that smoking salmon is an art and a craft. You will see the entire production facility and learn how we produce our award-winning salmon that is being shipped around the world.
After that, we will walk to the Roadside Tavern, the adjacent pub that had been in our family for over a hundred years. Here you will enjoy a tasting platter of our own smoked salmon as well as a glass of beer from our own micro-brewery. Peter Curtin is the master brewer of the Burren Brewery, and as an added bonus, he will be talking to you about the brewing process and anything else that you might want to know!
This experience is part of the Taste the Island initiative by Fáilte Ireland.