Ireland Founded in 2016

Mark Reynier of Renegade Spirits has transformed the former Guinness brewery in Waterford Ireland, into the Waterford Distillery. They have decided to distinguish their Irish Whiskey by dropping the "e." The first Whisky ran in January 2016.

“After maturing for several years in the best of French and American oak, we believe these component “single”, single malts, each one exhibiting its own nuances, will come together making the most profound single malt whisky ever created” (Waterford Distillery).

Waterford Flavor Spiraltm
  • vanilla
  • grain
  • honey
  • chocolate
  • butterscotch
  • orange
  • orange zest
  • grassy
  • citrus zest
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Smartass corner
Mark Reynier, and his partners reportedly made out like bandits, buying out the distillery from Diageo for a steal.
Reynier playfully nicknamed the distillery “Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.”
Many of the Guinness brewery’s former employees that were laid off after it shut down, were able to come back to work at the new distillery. 46 local farmers have also been contracted to grow barley for use in their single malt Whiskey.


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Mark Reynier, former managing director of Bruichladdich Distillery, and founder of Renegade Spirits, bought a former Guinness Brewery in Ireland and transformed it into an Irish Whiskey distillery. Like many new Irish distilleries, this operation is riding in on the recent surge in the Irish Whiskey industry.

The Waterford Distillery is located on the banks of the River Suir, on Ireland’s sunny south-eastern Coast of Ireland. it is an exceptional state-of-the-art facility originally built by Diageo in 2004. The first Spirit dropped from the stills in January 2016.

It is a grain-to-glass operation, using quality natural raw materials: the purest of spring water from renowned ancient wells. Taking heed to Islay customs, their barley sourced from 46 Irish farms, with some organically-run, growing barley on 19 distinct soil types.

Organized by a digital logistical system, each farmer’s crop is harvested, stored, malted and distilled separately. Each farm’s terroir, shaped by micro-climate and soil, uniquely crafts the Spirit from field to barrel.

The Waterford facility has one column still and 2 pot stills and has an annual capacity of at least 1 million liters per year.

Distillery info:
  • Country Ireland
  • Established 2014
  • Owner Renegade Spirits
  • Visitor center Yes
  • Status Active
  • Address Grattan Quay, Waterford, Ireland
  • Phone (051) 303 508
  • Websitehttp://waterforddistillery.ie
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