Brand Spotlight: Murphy’s Irish Stout

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There are very few things on this planet more Irish than a fine, dry stout beer. One sip of the creamy, roasted malt goodness and you can’t help but be transported to the lush green hills of the Emerald Isle. While a certain Dublin-based brewer (who shall remain nameless) may have brought international attention to this uniquely Irish brew, we’re convinced it was perfected 165 miles south in the city of Cork by James J. Murphy & Co.

Brewed since 1856, Murphy’s Irish Stout is widely recognized as one of the best Irish stouts in the world winning multiple awards and medals at international beer competitions including three straight golds at the Brewing Industry International Awards (2003, 2004, 2005). Once a regional favorite known only to the pub patrons of Ireland’s southern coast, it’s now sold in over 40 countries on six of the seven continents (get your act together Antarctica!).

As you would expect from any company that’s been around for over 150 years, Murphy’s has quite the history. Some fun facts about the brewery:

  • Founder James J. Murphy was the eldest of 15 children (you read that right: FIF-TEEN) and got his start in the family leather business. He also helped run a local distillery in Cork before selling his shares to open the brewery.
  • One of the early funders was Marie Louisa Murphy, a distant cousin of James’, who was a famous model for French artists and a staple of King Louis XV’s court.
  • After over thirty successful years, demand began to outpace the original brewery’s capacity. To keep up, Murphy’s built a Malt House at a cost of £4,640 that was “built and arranged on the newest principle and fitted throughout with the latest appliances known to modern science.” Today, it’s one of the most famous landmarks in Cork and serves as Murphy’s international headquarters.
  • In 1915, the brewery purchased the first “petrol lorry” (that’s “gas-powered truck,” to those of you who don’t speak the Queen’s English) in Irish history.
  • They first started bottling their beer in 1921. The entire operation was run by one foreman and four workers.
  • Murphy’s first landed on American shores in 1979.

In the here-and-now, we’re excited to announce that for the first time ever in the US, Murphy’s Irish Stout cans will be sold in 10-packs. These will be hitting shelves soon so be sure to keep an eye out. We recommend visiting the beer aisle at least once a day just to make sure you don’t miss it.

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