“Our rural setting enables short and quiet commuting distances. Also access to cheaper housing, a safer environment and good schools”.
Black Donkey is run by Michaela Dillon and Richard Siberry, who moved back from overseas to set up their company in Roscommon in 2014.
Based in Ballinlough, County Roscommon, Black Donkey Brewing produces handcrafted multi-award winning beers of the highest quality. All products are brewed and packaged on site in Roscommon using wherever possible, locally sourced ingredients.
“Black Donkey was created with the local backdrop as inspiration. As a rural based company it is important to maintain a matching image. We created the “Irish Farmhouse Ale” as its first beer followed by “Sheep Stealer” tipping a hat to the local nickname and Roscommon’s colourful history. We have worked with Arigna Mines and Rathcroghan Heritage Site on similar mutually beneficial initiatives and there still remains a wealth of other untapped opportunities to highlight Roscommon”.
Their company continues to grow having gained recognition through its award winning in the Killarney Craft Beer competition in 2015, Alltech Craft Beer competition in 2026 and 2017 and as County Enterprise Award Winners in 2018.
The company currently employ two full-time and 1 part-time employee and export to markets in Russia, the UK and the USA. They work closely with local colleges and feel that “their proximity to both Galway and Athlone, and the science based courses available there are a definite advantage”.