Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James is a new chapter for The Liberties, Dublin. Family history, a personal passion for brewing and distilling, and an entrepreneurial spirit has inspired the restoration of St. James’ Church and the continuing renaissance of distilling in The Liberties. Founded by Pearse and Deirdre Lyons, Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James is history in the remaking.

Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James is a new chapter for The Liberties, Dublin. Family history, a personal passion for brewing and distilling, and an entrepreneurial spirit has inspired the restoration of St. James’ Church and the continuing renaissance of distilling in The Liberties. Founded by Pearse and Deirdre Lyons, Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James is history in the remaking.

Discover Pearse

Irish Whiskeys

The Pearse Irish Whiskey Collection has something to offer all palates. Inspired by age-old techniques, the collection marries the best methods from both sides of the Atlantic, and are brimming with the spirit of The Liberties.

Our Irish Whiskeys are double-distilled to ensure we capture the full character of the spirit using small-batch copper pot stills that have traveled all the way from Kentucky, USA. Indeed, the pot stills are characters themselves, so be sure to ask our storytellers what we have christened them!

When tasting a whiskey the three things to look out for are the 'nose', the 'palate' and the 'finish'. The 'nose' is what you can smell from the whiskey and is a huge indication of the flavours you will experience on your palate. On average, 70 percent of our taste is based on what we smell. The 'palate' refers to the flavours you get on the tongue. Sip a little of the product and let it roll around your tongue and then swallow gently. Breathe in and draw some air through your mouth. Finally you are looking for the 'finish'. This is how long the flavours linger on your tongue and at the back of your throat.

Discover Pearse

Irish Whiskeys

The Pearse Irish Whiskey Collection has something to offer all palates. Inspired by age-old techniques, the collection marries the best methods from both sides of the Atlantic, and are brimming with the spirit of The Liberties.

Our Irish Whiskeys are double-distilled to ensure we capture the full character of the spirit using small-batch copper pot stills that have traveled all the way from Kentucky, USA. Indeed, the pot stills are characters themselves, so be sure to ask our storytellers what we have christened them!

When tasting a whiskey the three things to look out for are the 'nose', the 'palate' and the 'finish'. The 'nose' is what you can smell from the whiskey and is a huge indication of the flavours you will experience on your palate. On average, 70 percent of our taste is based on what we smell. The 'palate' refers to the flavours you get on the tongue. Sip a little of the product and let it roll around your tongue and then swallow gently. Breathe in and draw some air through your mouth. Finally you are looking for the 'finish'. This is how long the flavours linger on your tongue and at the back of your throat.

Our

Story

We have always dreamed about having an Irish Whiskey distillery in Dublin. We set upon a journey of finding the perfect location, and in 2013, we discovered St. James’ Church and were drawn to its rich history and The Liberties.

There is a cast of colourful characters associated with St. James’ Church, including my grandfather, John Hubert Lyons, who is buried in the graveyard.

My wife, Deirdre, has painstakingly restored St. James’ Church to its former glory for you, our welcome visitor, to discover and explore the site from past to present.

Our new glass steeple, which has been named the “Liberties Lantern,” is a beacon marking a new era for St. James’ Church.

Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James is the next step in our brewing and distilling journey. We are already at the heart of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® in the USA, where we have a sister distillery that produces Town Branch® Bourbon.

Sincerely,
Pearse Lyons & Deirdre Lyons

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We are honoured that you have discovered our boutique working distillery.

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We would like you to discover our story of local history, of character and of whiskey. We welcome our visitors from the four corners of the globe.

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Our Distillery tours run every half hour for an hour and in keeping with our boutique nature, are small in size so that you can
enjoy a personal experience.

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Tour


We are honoured that you have discovered our boutique working distillery.

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We would like you to discover our story of local history, of character and of whiskey. We welcome our visitors from the four corners of the globe.

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Our Distillery tours run every half hour for an hour and in keeping with our boutique nature, are small in size so that you can
enjoy a personal experience.

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Heritage of Irish Whiskey

Irish Whiskey has a long and interesting history. While the exact origins of Irish Whiskey are not known, ancient manuscripts reveal Irish monks practiced the art of distillation during the 6th Century. In the early days, the monasteries where the monks resided were at the centre of life and industry in Ireland. Between the 6th and 9th centuries, the monasteries prospered. However, from the 9th to 11th centuries, the Vikings invaded Ireland and destroyed the monasteries forcing the monks to flee to Scotland where they created new settlements, bringing with them the art of distillation, thus beginning the production of Scotch Whisky.

The next phase in the history of Irish Whiskey came during the 12th Century when the Normans invaded Ireland. It is said that the Norman soldiers appreciated the taste of the Irish Whiskey but they found the pronunciation of the word “Uisce Beatha” tricky and so renamed it, first to “fuisce” and then to “whiskey”.

The popularity of Irish Whiskey grew so much so that by the 17th Century it was the drink of choice for Queen Elizabeth I of England. At the same time commercial acumen began to emerge and the government began to grant licences to a number of distilleries for the purpose of distilling whiskey. The first licence was granted in 1608 to Sir Thomas Phillips at the Old Bushmills Distillery which was located in north-eastern area of Ireland. This distillery is still in existence today and is the oldest working distillery in the world.

By the late 18th Century, distilleries began to flourish and as a result some of the finest Irish Whiskeys were exported throughout the British Empire. Similarly, from 1740 to 1910, Irish emigrants to the United States brought the taste of Irish Whiskey to America. By the beginning of the 20th century, Irish Whiskey accounted for 90 percent of the global export market. However, after establishing itself as the dominant whiskey category in the world, two cruel blows were about to be dealt to the Irish Whiskey industry.

During 1916, as the First World War raged throughout Europe, the Irish rebelled against their British rulers. The treaty with Britain which followed the rebellion led to a civil war in Ireland from 1919 to 1921. The ending of civil war in Ireland was then followed by a prolonged economic war with Britain which severely limited the volume of whiskey Ireland could export.

At the same time, the United States introduced the Prohibition laws which outlawed the production, importation or trade in alcoholic beverages. With difficulties in Ireland’s two most important export markets, Ireland’s distillery owners were not prepared to replenish stocks and many closed their doors. When Prohibition ended, Ireland did not have a sufficient supply of mature Irish Whiskey to cater for American demand when the US market reopened in 1943. Thus the dominant market position which Irish Whiskey enjoyed prior to Prohibition was lost to the Scottish distillers and by the early 1960’s the export of Irish whiskey was virtually non-existent.

Visit

Join us to discover more about our boutique Irish Whiskey distillery at St. James, nestled in the heart of The Liberties. Whether you are a Dubliner discovering more about your city, culturally curious or an intrepid whiskey enthusiast, join us on our Irish Whiskey journey at Pearse Lyons Distillery.

We invite you to discover our story of fascinating local history, curious characters and, of course, our signature small-batch Irish Whiskeys.

Our distillery tours run every hour on the hour and, in keeping with our boutique nature, are small in size so that you can enjoy a more personal experience.

Our guided tours are hosted by our team of friendly storytellers, who will regale you with intriguing tales dating back to the 12th Century.

While whiskey is only part of our story, it is a big part of your experience with us. You can sip and savour our range of small-batch Irish Whiskeys in the nave of the church as our small-batch copper pot stills are hard at work distilling our next batch.

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday: 9.30 a.m.–6.00 p.m.
(first tour 10.00 a.m. and last tour 5.00 p.m.)
Sundays: 11.30 a.m.–6.00 p.m.
(first tour 12.00 p.m. and last tour 5.00 p.m.)


Pearse Lyons Distillery
121-122 James's Street
Dublin 8
Ireland
Tel: +353 (0) 1 6916000

Tickets

Adults: €20

Children: Children under the age of 10 who are accompanied by an adult visit for free. Children aged between 11 - 17: €10

Concessions: €18 (please show valid photo I.D. at the ticket desk)

Groups: For groups of 10 or more, please contact info@pearselyonsdistillery.com.

You can also buy tickets at the door

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