Tom Crean Base Camp

Tom Crean Brewery

Tom Crean Brewery

Tom Crean’s granddaughter Aileen has been providing high quality food and drink to the people of Kerry since 1992. Along with her late husband Matt a noted Michelin starred chef until his untimely death in 1998 they ran their own restaurant D’Arcys in Kenmare. Aileen picked up the reigns again after her sons Cian and Morgan left for university, she reopened the restaurant as a fitting tribute to her grandfather hence Tom Crean Fish & Wine and Accommodation was born. The restaurant and guest bedrooms are full of glorious memorabilia of Tom Crean including in the restaurant his very own dining chair. Now it seems fitting that Aileen has broadened the restaurants appeal by opening a brand new brewery – the first in Kenmare since the 18th century. Obviously with Tom Crean being a publican it’s fitting for his granddaughter to provide a craft ale with his and her family name on it. To find out more about the Ale visit

The name Expedition Ale not only relates to Tom’s time in the Antarctic but as 2016 is the centenary year for his epic crossing of South Georgia with Shackleton and Worsley, Aileen will be recreating the traverse of South Georgia with her two sons and partner Bill. For more information on this epic family adventure see To contribute to the trip we’d be very grateful if you donated on our Go Get Funding page



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