Dempsey's and Harty's are both listed as opening and "closing shortly afterwards" in 1982-1983 (source: Brewers & Malsters Guild of Ireland blurb from 1998).[/quote:2xwqlpuy]
Just seen this thread. As far as I can recall, Harty's opened in 1983. I was working as a brewer in Swannell's , a short-lived micro in Hertfordshire, England up until May of that year. Oliver Hughes also worked there for a couple of months, and asked me to come over to Ireland and work with him for a short period while himself and Liam LaHart set the brewery up. The brewery was just an empty industrial unit in May 83, but the equipment had been ordered, and the first beer went into local Blessington pubs around August 83 (I may be mistaken with some of these dates, after all it is thirty years ago, but they're not too far off).
Dempsey's had been set up the previous year by Liam O'Dwyer (the publican of Mount Street) with a consortium of businessmen. In answer to another poster, Dempsey's were a stand-alone brewery in Inchicore. By June 83 their brewer had left, so myself and Oliver were working on secondment for Dempsey's, on the beer production side. I left Harty's in 84, and joined Dempsey's. I remember taking Dempsey's beer up to the Hilden beer festival in 84. I think Harty's closed in 84, and Dempsey's 85.
But why not just ask Oliver Hughes?
Oh, and Harty's were contract brewing for a proposed brewery in Shinrone, Co. Offaly (or is it Tipperary?). It was available in pubs in the Shinrone area. Can't remember the name, but it never got off the ground. Maybe some of the Camra members of the time may remember - DEMPSEY was around at the time. And he also got involved in Dempsey's of Inchicore at the end of it's life.
2007: White Gypsy
2008: Beoir Chorca Dhuibhne (West Kerry Brewery)
2009: Inishmacsaint, Galway Bay, Trouble, Clanconnel
2010: Dungarvan, Metalman
2011: Eight Degrees, Dingle, Burren, Ards, Bo Bristle (as Breweyed)
2012: Kinnegar, Brown Paper Bag, 5 Lamps, Elbow Lane, Donegal, 7 Windows
2013: Red Hand, Mountain Man, Kinsale, JW Sweetman, Muckish Man, Brú, Sheelin[/quote:3b4fbyqu]
Red Hand not licensed yet, pokertree is, though both should have beer to sell at belfast beer fest next month