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Dr Pearse Lyons explains why he’s returning to his familial roots with his Kentucky Ale portfolio of craft beers

Hailing from a family of coopers, Dr Pearse Lyons’ first job was with Harp Lager in Dundalk. He also worked with Irish Distillers before setting up Alltech.

Lyons’ love of the beer business has seen him return to his roots by creating a portfolio of beers under the Kentucky Ale brand, as well as a whiskey division, that combined had sales of $45 million last year.

Earlier this year, he bought two breweries from the late...

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