The Dublin Liberties Distillery today opened its new €10m state-of-the-art whiskey distillery and visitor experience on Old Mill Street in Dublin’s Liberties.
After two years of construction, An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Simon Coveney officially opened the new distillery by closing the still door and commencing spirit production. More than 20 new jobs have been created at the new distillery and visitor experience.
The new distillery site boasts a cocktail bar and visitor experience. The visitor experience will open to the public on Monday 25th February, offering visitors an up-close view of modern Irish whiskey-making as it happens, with daily tours around the working distillery. It will be able to accommodate up to 80,000 visitors in its first year.
The development of the new distillery has seen a complete renovation of a 400-year-old building preserving its original architecture and façade. The distillery will combine traditional distillation practices with the very latest in modern technologies and features a unique natural spring water source on site to be used in the distilling process.
Production of the Dublin Liberties Distillery’s whiskey portfolio – which includes award-winning brands, The Dubliner and The Dublin Liberties – has now commenced at the distillery under the supervision of renowned Master Distiller, Darryl McNally. The range of products in The Dublin Liberties and The Dubliner portfolios currently sell in more than 30 countries with sales in excess of 37,000 cases (9L) in 2018.
Speaking at the launch, An Tánaiste - Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Simon Coveney said, "Irish Whiskey is one of the fastest growing spirits on global markets and one of the leading lights of our food and drink export industry. Government is fully committed to supporting Irish Whiskey’s continued growth, working with the industry to further expand exports. I am delighted to turn on the Dublin Liberties Distillery’s stills today, as the first liquid gold flows into casks for expert maturation with the promise of a premium, uniquely Irish product."
Master Distiller at The Dublin Liberties Distillery, Darryl McNally added, "I believe the future for Irish whiskey is in innovation and pushing the boundaries – and that’s what I’ll be working with the team here to deliver – the best Irish whiskey you could have the luck of getting on your lips. We’re inspired by the past, but not bound by it, and can’t wait to show the world just how diverse Irish whiskey can be."