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Work begins on Dublin Liberties Distillery

Published 21 March 2017

Quintessential Brands has started work on a €15m Irish whiskey distillery at Old Mill Street in the Liberties.

The company acquired the Dublin Whiskey Company in March last year, taking over its plans to construct The Dublin Liberties Distillery.

Initial plans stated the project would cost €10m, but the amount has now increased to €15m.

The distillery will support 50 jobs during its construction and a further 19 permanent positions once the distillery and visitor centre opens.

When complete, the new distillery is poised of combining traditional distillation practices with the latest in modern technologies.

The distillery also plans to use natural spring water source on site for the distillation process.

The responsibility of design and construction contract for the distillery and the visitor centre has been handed over to SSA Architects, a Dublin-based company.

The Dublin Liberties Distillery general manager and master distiller Darryl McNally said: “Our team is working extremely hard on the new distillery and visitor centre and we are delighted that construction is underway. 

“Our goal is for The Dublin Liberties Distillery to become one of the leading whiskey producers in Ireland.  We are building a world-class distillery in the heart of Dublin with a visitor experience like no other. It will perfectly compliment all the other developments in what is fast becoming the most exciting part of Dublin.”

McNally said: “The new distillery will provide a home for our collection of established Irish whiskey brands including The Dubliner and The Dublin Liberties, which are on sale in over 30 international markets from the USA to Australia. 

“We have a very clear vision for the type of best in class liquids we want to produce and the brands we want to create under The Dublin Liberties Distillery banner.”

The Dublin Liberties was founded in 2012 and it was granted permission to build a 25,000 ft2 distillery in at the site about 3 years ago.

Until now, the company has been producing its Irish whiskey brands at third party sites.

Image: Officials of the Dublin Liberties Distillery at the construction site. Photo: Courtesy of Quintessential Brands Group.