The Dublin Whiskey Company has announced plans for its new whiskey distillery and visitor centre in the capital, with a €10m investment set to create 30 jobs.
The company will be investing over €10m in developing its 300 year old site in Mill Street, Dublin 8, in the very heart of the Liberties, which is the historic birthplace of Irish whiskey. Over 60 people will be employed during the construction phase beginning in early 2015 with 30 permanent jobs coming on-stream upon completion at the latter end of the year.
Dublin Whiskey Company will create a range of single malt and Irish pot still whiskeys with the capacity to produce up to two million bottles annually at its 25,000 sq ft premises. Its output is for both the domestic and export market and the company expect to be in production in late 2015. Once completed, the working distillery and visitor centre will be able to facilitate over 75,000 visitors a year.
The development of the whiskey range will be overseen by the Company’s master distiller and global whiskey consultant Dr. Jim Swan. Pat Burke, industry veteran and Enterprise Ireland mentor, is also part of the management team in a consultancy capacity.
Prospective investors will also have the opportunity to become part of the revival of whiskey in Dublin as the company will also raise additional funds through the government’s EII Scheme (formerly the BES).
In the last decade, the Irish whiskey category worldwide has grown by almost 200%. In 2013, more than 6.2 million, 9 litre cases of Irish whiskey were exported to over 100 countries around the world. This figure is set to double to 12 million by 2020, and double again to 24 million by 2030.
Marie Byrne, Edmond O’Flaherty and Pat O’Brien founded the Dublin Whiskey Company in 2012 and it was recently granted planning permission by Dublin City Council to establish its distillery and visitor centre just 300m away from St Patricks Cathedral. Dublin Whiskey Company will be protecting and offering a new lease of life to its Mill historic building, which dates back to 1691 and was once the malting house of local distiller and brewer John Busby.