The Dublin Liberties Distillery – Touring a new gem in Dublin’s distilling heart

In 2018, Irish whiskey was the fastest-growing spirits category in the world, and the long term goals set up by the Irish Whiskey Association are nothing but ambitious.

Last 25th of February, a new player joined efforts to make those objectives a reality: The Dublin Liberties Distillery, located in the namesake area within Dublin 8, which has a rich history of brewing and distilling.

Dublin Liberties Distillery tour 9

Production of uisce beatha is growing all over the country (in fact just a few days ago West Cork saw the opening of the 23rd working distillery in Ireland), but if there is an place in which the concentration of progress is dazzling, is Dublin 8.

Long story short:

  • June, 2015 – Teeling Whiskey Co. opened.
  • August, 2017 – Pearse Lyons Distillery opened.
  • February, 2019 – The Dublin Liberties Distillery opened.
  • April, 2019 [scheduled] – Roe & Co Distillery is planned to open.

The visitor experience: A modern, working distillery with all the trimmings

Shortly after the opening, I visited the new distillery which includes all the features whiskey tourists have come to know and love:

  • A working distillery with a combination of history-honouring antiques and state-of-the-art equipment.
  • A spacious and inviting bar area for whiskey tasting and cocktail enjoying.
  • A neatly stocked gift shop with the distillery’s range and a few special bottles, plus a few treats from artisan producers and an assortment of souveniers in different price ranges.
  • A lively café area, which is actually open to the public regardless of whether they will take the tour or just want to sit in for a cuppa.

The tour shares the flow of other working distilleries, with a brief introduction where visitors learn about the history of Irish whiskey and the brand. After that, we’re taken to the fermentation tanks and then to the distillation room.

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As it has become almost standard for Irish whiskey, The Dublin Liberties Distillery works with triple distillation and they proudly show their shiny new copper stills.

While it’s tradition to give them names, they hadn’t received theirs at the time of my visit.

Dublin Liberties Distillery tour 2

If you are curious about who whiskey is made, this piece from Whiskey for everyone does a good job explaining it.

Following this part, users continue to the bar which by the way is open to the public, although its opening times are the distillery’s (and the last tour is at 5:30pm). I was told this might change later on.

Long wooden tables, stone walls and leather chairs complement the rustic elegance trifecta of a place where visitors can taste two whiskeys from the distillery’s core range (The Dubliner 3 year old and The Dublin Liberties Distillery Oak Devil). A selection of cocktails is also available as well as a craft beer tap.

Since the distillery is part of the Quintessential Brands portfolio, the bar also feaures other spirits from the group (such as Opihr and Bloom gin). Handy if you feel like a G&T (although I’d encourage you to try the whiskey!).

The Dublin Liberties Distillery – About the tour

Address:

The Dublin Liberties Distillery, 33 Mill Street, Dublin 8, D08 V221.

Opening hours:

September 1st to March 31st
Mon to Sat inclusive: First tour 10am and last tour 5.30pm
Sunday and bank holidays: First tour 11am and last tour 5.30pm.

1st April to 31st August
Mon to Thurs inclusive: First tour 9.30am and last tour 6pm.
Friday and Saturday: First tour 9.30am and last tour 7pm.
Sunday and bank holidays: First tour 11am and last tour 7pm.

Tickets: 
Adult – €16
Senior citizen (+65) – €14
Student (+18) – €14
Child (accompanied by an adult) – €5

For group bookings, VIP experiences and more infrmation, contact:

More information thedld.com

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