Edmond Smithwick, son of John Smithwick
II, was born in 1800 and like his grandfather
brewing and ambition was in his blood.
When he was just 27 he bought the brewery
back freehold and for the first time the
Smithwick family name hung proudly above
the door. He proved himself a natural businessman.
At a time when breweries were
closing all over Ireland he concentrated on
discovering new markets. Soon he had built
a healthy export trade. Drinkers in England,
Scotland and Wales were getting a taste
for Smithwick’s brilliant brews and output
Edmond started a tradition of always employing
the most skilled people. Expert
brewers brought scientific and technical
innovations and the result gave Smithwicks
beers a quality second to none. He even
employed consultant chemists to check both
his raw ingredients and the final brew. What
was a small almost obscure city brewery was
now a business to be reckoned with.