Kilbeggan Distillery

Distillery
Founded in 1757
The distillery, situated on the banks of the River Brosna in Kilbeggan, was founded in 1757. In 1798 Matthias McManus took the control, he played a part in the United Irıshmen rebellion. The famous John Locke took over in 1843, and until the economic depression, his family retained the control.

In 1947 the Transworld Trust bought the distillery, but it had fraudulent influencers from Switzerland and Austria and in 1954 the distillery ceased production. In 1957 it closed completely.

In 1982 the Kilbeggan community restored the distillery as a Whiskey museum, which prompted Cooley to buy the license to produce Kilbeggan and Locke's Whiskey, and open a new distillery.

There are two copper pot stills, which are the oldest working pot stills producing Whiskey today.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    Ireland
  • Established
    1757
  • Owner
    Beam Suntory
  • Visitor center
    Yes
  • Status
    Active
  • Address
    Kilbeggan Distillery Lower Main Street Kilbeggan Co. Westmeath, Ireland
  • Phone
    +353 57 933 2134
  • Website
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Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest licensed Whiskey distillery in Ireland.
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Welcome to the Kilbeggan Distillery, a distillery like no other. The oldest, licensed Whiskey distillery in our world. Here you can see Irish Whiskey making as it was 200 years ago. You can see the oldest pot still in Ireland, still working, still producing our famous Whiskey. And our iconic water wheel run in days gone by used to power the whole distillery.

You can see the maturation warehouses where we put our Whiskey to sleep until it is perfectly matured and ready to be bought. But this is not just a reminder of what once was, we still make our Whiskey using the traditional methods. From our traditional wood wash box to our old pot stills, the quality of the Whiskey has remained as consistent as ever.

To this day we mature our Whiskey here at Kilbeggan, patiently waiting while the angels take their share. But don't take our word for it, we'd love to welcome you here at the Kilbeggan Distillery and let you taste it for yourself.

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