Whiskey Distilleries and Breweries in Ireland

IMG_20130925_143251I’m back with more Ireland tales! This time it’s all about the booze and the Irish Distilleries and Breweries we managed to swing by during our recent travels. One thing that really surprised us was the lack of craft breweries in Ireland. The main brands were floating around but we had to hunt real hard to find a beer store to stock up on some local craft brews. That said we hit up some fantastic Whiskey Distilleries and ofcourse the Guinness Brewhouse…as part of #IGTravelThursday it’s going to be very picture centric.

I love the smell of Whiskey and being in the distilleries surrounded by the barrels and learning about the aging process never gets tiring. You’d think having worked in the industry it would be old news but each time you learn something new about the craft of distillation.



Jameson Distillery 

I told you all about our wonderful experience at the Jameson Distillery in Dublin in this post and while the distillery is no longer active (the one in Cork is where the magic happens) visitors are taken through the story of John Jameson and the distillation and maturation process. Displays of what life was like (including mannequins) back in the day and how the whiskey is produced today is what visitors can expect. On the guided tour one learns about the barrels, see the kilns and then gets a taste of the difference between the various types of Whiskey (Irish) and Whisky (American and elsewhere). My favourite picture is of the aging whiskey where 30% is lost to evaporation and is considered the Angel’s Share. 

Irishy whiskey, JAmeson distillery, family travel
Entrance chandelier of Jameson Bottles
Old Jameson Barrel
One of the copper pot stills
Aging in the barrels and the Angel’s Share























Kilbeggan Distillery

Located in County Westmeath, the Kilbeggan Distillery is a now a fully operational facility. Visitors take themselves through a self guided tour of the various rooms which educates on the processes. What I loved was that there were displays of barrels and olden day tools everywhere. In fact this distillery can be run on the existing steam engine but it rarely is. One of the two Copper Pot Stills that is being used in Kilbeggan was made in the early 1800s and is the oldest working Pot Still producing whiskey in the world today – pretty neat eh? One of my favourite pictures from the trip is a very blurry one – visitors get to throw coins down a a very large empty wooden cask (washback) and I managed to click a photo catching our coin mid stream!

Wooden cases for Whiskey bottles
Loved these scattered spools
Coin drop into an old wooden washback
Oh mom I’m just making some beer…























Guinness Storehouse 

Everyone’s had a taste of Guinness and the Guinesss Storehouse is a must visit during a Dublin stay. This impressive building houses many facets of the Guinness brand- from advertising to ingredients and experiential stations where one learns to pour the perfect pint and then sip a fine pint overlooking the city of Dublin. What captured my eye were the ingredients we were able to play with – the hops, the grains and the yeast! While I had no clue what everyone was staring at, some research after our visit taught me that 2o artists contributed to the drawing of a 12 foot 2 tonne wooden carving of a giant pint, and that’s what everyone was looking at! A full review of the Guinness Storehouse can be found here.

Giant wooden pint
Playing with the barley
Special hops


Original strain of yeast























Franciscan Well Brewery

This small brewery in the city of Cork is a quaint little spot. It is built on the site of an old Franciscan Monastery and Well. Apparently the water from the Well has miraculous properties and many a person would flock to drink from it. Today the brewery offers classic beers such as lagers, ales, stouts and wheat beer and pride themselves in not containing any chemical additives or preservatives.














Dingle Brewing Company 

This is a very tiny brewery producing a single type of Beer.. yes you read it right. Just one. However what was interesting (and I’m not saying it’s worth making a trek out to) was that the brewery pays homage to the creamery that it was before. The Creamery back in the day only produced butter but then soon became a pivotal source for the farmiing community in Dingle. In fact farmers and their wives would convene at the creamery for their social gatherings. The Dingle Brewing Company pays respect to this history by having restored as much of the creamery as possible.




















I hope you’ve enjoyed our boozy post today! Cheers!


  • Katy
    September 27, 2013 at 1:59 am

    My husband would absolutely love to visit the whiskey distilleries in Ireland! He’s a big whiskey fan so this would be like a dream to him. Ireland is on our list so hopefully we can make it over there sooner than later. Great photos!

    • Yashy
      September 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Katy! Hopefully you’ll get to Ireland and the distilleries soon!

  • Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog
    September 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I bet that was a fantastic trip.

  • Cheryl @ KidsOnAPlane
    September 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    OH my goodness, I almost do not want to show this post to my husband. LOL! He would love to do this type of tour in Ireland. Wait, is it a tour or just you guys walking in and out of breweries?

    Your little one playing with barley cracks me up! 😉

  • M
    December 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    We just went to Ireland with our little guy this past September/October. It was an awesome trip and our little guy had a great time. However, we weren’t as lucky. When we went to the Bushmills Distillery up in the North, they said we weren’t allowed to go on the tour because of the baby. That was unfortunate since we had run out of time on our trip and could not make it to any other distillery. However, the ladies in the Bushmills store were nice enough to bring samples into the store for us to try. So, if you’re planning on traveling with your babies/kids and doing a tour of distilleries and/or breweries, most places are fine, but just be aware of the rules before you go so you won’t be disappointed. On another note — Ireland is awesome to go to with your little ones! 🙂

    • Yashy
      December 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks for sharing that! Good to share that babies aren’t allowed at Bushmills…since all of the ones we went to allowed us in I didn’t think other distilleries would have an issue. Very strange!

  • Cheryl (@loucheryl)
    December 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Those photos are awesome! The brewery stills look HUGE!!! Love the huge bottle too!

  • Karen Hill
    April 7, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I am all about Ireland. Would love to visit there some day. Not big on whisky though.

  • MrDisco
    November 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    i have to go to here!

  • kimberly drodge
    November 18, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Ive always wanted to go to Ireland! This sounds excellent!

  • JaimeeM
    December 10, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Ah! Thats so fantastic, I bet you had so much fun. My cousin is living in Ireland with his wife right now and Im totes jelly that he gets to see this beautiful country.

  • Anne Taylor
    June 5, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    How fascinating! I love “the angel’s share”! Maybe one day I will get there!

  • Kelsi Hamilton
    November 11, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    This is my husband’s dream trip!! We are hoping to go in 2016 🙂 Will definitely read through more of your Ireland posts!

  • Liberty
    November 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I love the wooden cases for Whiskey bottles- so interesing. Looks like you all had a great trip!

  • mrdisco
    January 1, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    now that’s a great vacation

  • Greg Zyn
    February 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    I am sure there must be countless whiskey Distilleries and Breweries in Ireland as it was originated here. There is a huge demand for Irish whiskey as people like how it tastes.

    • Yashy
      February 27, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      Huge fan of Irish Whiskey for sure!

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