Ahascragh Distillery in County Galway is part of the next generation of Irish Whiskey Distilleries that are re-energising the proud and long heritage of uisce beatha.
Founded by Gareth and Michelle McAllister the distillery is currently (January 2022) being built around the old landmark property of Ahascragh Mill.
By following Ahascragh Distillery social media sites you can access regular updates as to the progress of this ambitious venture.
In the meantime sourced spirits have been blended and packaged by Ahascragh Distillery in advance of their own produce and include Xin Gin, Clan Colla Whiskey and Uais Irish Whiskey.
Available in several local bars in Ahascragh village itself, Casks Away is ready to take you there to view the building works, enjoy a snack in the Old Mill Shop & Cafe and perhaps sample a few of their fine whiskey beside the distillery itself!
All images courtesy Ahascragh Distillery website here.
Ahascragh Distillery twitter here, Instagram here and facebook here.
Despite the COVID pandemic, Irish Whiskey is showing remarkable resilience with continued announcements of new brands and distillery projects proceeding apace.
One of those, Titanic Distillers in Belfast, (see The Spirits Business link here) piqued my interest as it involves a bit of a story.
The story begins with a lucky individual winning the lottery, Peter Lavery, back in 1996. (Irish Times link here)
Apart from buying the fancy cars and luxury holidays, Peter also released some whiskey brands. Titanic and Danny Boy being the most noticeable.
Launched in May 2011, (launch link here) Titanic Whiskey gained a lot of attention and sold widely. By December 2011 events took a bit of a twist. Beam bought out the Cooley/Kilbeggan operations run by John Teeling. (Sale link here) At one fell swoop the source of Titanic’s whiskey (and others too, see link here) was turned off and stocks began to dwindle.
Undeterred, a plan to build a distillery in the historic Crumlin Gaol under the Belfast Distillery Company (BDC) name was started in 2013. (BDC link here)
Then all went quiet.
Rumours abounded, but nothing confirmed,then in 2019 a bottle of McConnell’s Whisky appeared!
The Belfast Distillery Company was alive and well under new ownership (Conecuch Brands link here) with Mr Lavery nowhere to be seen.
Some of the folks involved in the original BDC plan later resurfaced at Hinch Distillery (link to my blog here) in County Down.
But what of Mr Lavery?
Well in late 2020 a group lodged a planning proposal to turn the old Pump House beside the original Titanic Docks into a whiskey distillery.
Here’s hoping it’s third time lucky for the irrepressible Peter Lavery!
All photos courtesy sources credited below images.
Wayward Irish Spirits are newcomers to the current Irish Whiskey scene, but they have a proud family tradition of being in the drinks trade!
Aiming to be the most gorgeously situated single estate Irish Whiskey Distillery using grains grown on the Lakeview Estate in County Kerry, Wayward Irish Spirits recently launched The Liberator Irish Whiskey.
A blended malt Irish Whiskey finished in Tawny Port Casks in Kerry.
Estate grown grain is already being sown to make a pot still whiskey.
The owners of the Estate are direct descendants of Daniel O’Connell aka ‘The Liberator’ after whom both the whiskey and the company name emanates from.
Casks Away looks forward to taking you to the stunning scenery of Lakeview Estate to visit the blending rooms, maturation sites and ultimately, the grain to glass distillery of Wayward Irish Spirits.
Photos courtesy Wayward Irish Spirits facebook page here, twitter site here and website here.