Craft Brewed in Belfast
Hercules Brewing Company existed back in the 1800’s, when there were 13 breweries in Belfast. This is at a time when Belfast was the biggest exporting port on the island and indeed the second biggest in the British Isles. This was primarily down to the indigenous industries of Linen Making, Rope Making, Ship Building, Distilling and Brewing. The onset of the industrial revolution however, meant that the Guinness Family were able to invest ahead of the curve and as a result, the powerhouse of brewing became centered in Dublin and the 13 breweries in Belfast disappeared.