Murphy's Brewery

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Murphy's Brewery
(Heineken Brewery Ireland, Ltd.)
Industry Brewing
Founded 1856
Founder James J. Murphy
Headquarters Cork, Ireland
Products Beer
Owner Heineken International

Murphy's Brewery was a brewery founded in Cork, Ireland in 1856 by James Jeremiah Murphy (James J. Murphy).[1][2] It was known as Lady's Well Brewery until it was purchased by Heineken International in 1983, when the name changed to Murphy Brewery Ireland Ltd.[3] The name of the brewery was recently changed to Heineken Brewery Ireland, Ltd. The brewery produces Heineken, Murphy's stout and other Heineken products for the Irish market.

By 1906, Murphy’s Brewery was Ireland’s second largest brewer (after Guinness).[4]


1919 advert for Murphy's Cork brewery

Murphy's Stout[edit]

Murphy's Irish Stout is a dry stout, brewed to be less bitter than its chief competitor, Guinness.[5] It is sometimes described as having a slightly nutty flavour, with "coffee undertones".[6][7] The manufacturers had a television advertising campaign in the 1990s which played on Murphy's positioning as less bitter than its competitors, in which the strapline was "like the Murphy's, I'm not bitter".[8][9]

Irish Red[edit]

A glass of Murphy's Irish Red

In 1983, after the Murphy's brand was bought by Dutch brewer Heineken International, "Irish Red" was launched for the export market, as it was hoped that it would be more popular than stout overseas.[10]


  1. ^ Terry Gourvish; Richard G. Wilson (1 September 2003). The Dynamics of the Modern Brewing Industry. Taylor & Francis. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-203-44069-8. 
  2. ^ "Murphy's". The Mayor Of Old Town. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  3. ^ The Oxford Companion to Beer. Oxford University Press. 9 September 2011. p. 428. ISBN 978-0-19-991210-0. 
  4. ^ Murphy's Brewery - UCC Library
  5. ^ Brown, Andrew C. (3 February 1986). "A Dutch Challenge to the King of Stout". Fortune. Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "Murphy's Irish Stout". Retrieved 5 April 2017. Classified as an Irish Dry Stout, Murphy’s is [..] smooth with toffee & coffee undertones 
  7. ^ "8 Irish beers that aren't Guinness". 14 March 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Murphy's "Wedding Reception" Campaign (1993)". Lürzer's Adverstising Archive. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Joe Nicholas, John Price (1998). Advanced Studies in Media. Nelson Thornes. p. 177. ISBN 9780174900474. 
  10. ^ The Oxford Companion to Beer. Oxford University Press. 9 September 2011. p. 601. ISBN 978-0-19-991210-0. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Ó Drisceoil, Diarmuid and Ó Drisceoil, Donal The Murphy's story : the history of Lady's Well Brewery, Cork. Cork : Murphy Brewery Ireland, 1997

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