Built in a former sawmill on the West coast of Ireland, the Dingle Distillery was the Ireland’s first independently owned, purpose-built artisan spirits distillery to open in over 100 years. Conceived by Liam LaHart, the late Oliver Hughes, and Peter Mosley, the vision was to open a distillery that produced only the finest whiskey, gin and vodka.
This year saw the distillery mark a milestone moment when it was awarded World’s Best Gin 2019 at the World Gin Awards. Continuing on the pursuit of perfection, the distillery is making sustainable changes to its distilling process, production and signature serves.
The distillery has introduced various environmental initiatives allowing for a more sustainable distillation and production process across all three of its products; Dingle Original Gin, Dingle Distillery Vodka, and Dingle Distillery Whiskey.
The spent grain and pot ale is now being reused as cattle feed by a local Dingle farm. This major step means the bulk of waste products from the distillery’s whiskey production are recycled back into the food chain.
The use of a cooling tower drastically reduces the amount of water the distillery draws from its local water source. The distillery is also careful to ensure that any water released from the cooling system is at an ambient temperature, so as not to inadvertently affect the local marine environment. Heat exchangers, which both cool and heat the different liquids, further reduce the need for steam heat and boiler time.
As Dingle Gin prepares to be the festival serve across some of Ireland’s key festivals and events, its conscientious commitment will go beyond production. Dingle Gin will be served in Greenware cups (which are completely compostable and made from plants) with paper straws and where possible, accompanying ingredients and mixers will be chosen from suppliers who mirror Dingle’s ethical values.
The new Dingle Gin sustainable festival was unveiled at the All Together Now and Beat Yard festivals.
You can try the Dingle Gin sustainable festival serves this summer at:
- Big Grill (15th – 18th August)
- Tipp Classical (20th – 21st September)