Beer Today… Institute of Technology Carlow Welcomes Institute of Brewing and Distilling


The Irish section of the prestigious Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) paid a visit to Institute of Technology Carlow last week for its official summer outing.

The IBD is the world’s leading professional body for the brewing and distilling industry and promotes education and professional development in the science and technology of brewing, distilling, and related industries. The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree programme in Brewing & Distilling at Institute of Technology Carlow is one of only four programmes in the world to have achieved recognition by the prestigious IBD. Graduates of the degree are eligible to sit the Masters level professional qualifications of the IBD.

60 guests from the IBD were welcomed by the head of the Faculty of Science, Dr. David Dowling and the head of the Dept of Science and Health, Ms. Paula Rankin. Following some light refreshments, Dr. David Ryan, programme director of the Institute’s BSc (Hons) Brewing and Distilling, hosted the technical lecture entitled The yeast flavour factory: updates and trends. It was delivered by Dr. John Morrissey of University College Cork. This was followed by a short tour of the Institute’s instrumentation and hydraulics labs.

The guests then proceeded to Carlow Brewing Company for a brewery tour with founder Seamus O’Hara, followed by a reception. The tour to Carlow by the ICD reinforces Carlow’s growing reputation as a centre for teaching, learning, research and innovation in brewing and distilling.

Pictured at Institute of Technology Carlow were, from left: Paula Rankin, Head of Dept. of Science and Health, Institute of Technology Carlow; Dr. David Dowling, Head of Faculty of Science, Institute of Technology Carlow; Dr Gearoid Cahill, Chairperson, Irish Section  Institute of Brewing and Distilling; Dr John Morrissey, University College Cork (guest speaker); Louise Hawes, Hon Secretary, Irish Section, Institute of Brewing and Distilling; Eoin Homan, Head of Department of Built Environment and Extended Campus, Institute of Technology Carlow.