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Pearse Lyons Distillery awarded prestigious Bord Bia Origin Green Gold Membership status

In recognition of their unwavering commitment to sustainability, Pearse Lyons Distillery has achieved Gold Membership, the highest and most prestigious standard in the Bord Bia Origin Green program. Pearse Lyons Distillery’s consistent improvement in the use of recycled and recyclable materials in product packaging, increased efficiencies in how raw materials are utilized, sustained waste reduction and community engagement were the basis for achieving this highly coveted status.

“We are proud to recognize Pearse Lyons Distillery with the Bord Bia Origin Green Gold Membership status as they have employed excellent sustainability practices, such as yearly increased use of recycled and recyclable materials in their bottles and packaging, increased return from the grain used for distilling, annual reductions in waste produced and increasing engagement with the communities around the distillery,” said Deirdre Ryan, director of sustainability & quality assurance, Origin Green Programme, Bord Bia.

“It’s a true honour for Pearse Lyons Distillery to attain Origin Green Gold status this year,” said Conor Farrell, chief operating officer of Alltech’s Beverage Division. “Sustainability is a core value of our production and distribution practices, originally championed by the Lyons Family, Alltech and their Planet of Plenty™ initiative. We consider the well-being of the consumer and the environment in all processes, and it is our company’s ongoing intention to be not only one of Ireland’s leading sustainable distilleries, but also a leader in our local community.”

Origin Green is Ireland’s pioneering food and drink sustainability programme, uniting the government, private sector and complete supply chain, from farmers to food producers, foodservice and retail. As the world’s only national food and drink sustainability programme, Origin Green enables the industry to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets that respect the environment and serve local communities more effectively.

“The Origin Green program has become immensely important to us,” said Conor Ryan, head of production operations at Pearse Lyons Distillery. “It has enhanced and focused our business, environmental and community-focused initiatives and has aided us in the continual monitoring and improvement of efficiencies across all processes. We strive to maintain only the highest of standards and have implemented practices that continue to serve this value well. Measurement and a commitment to continual improvement have contributed to a highly efficient production process that minimizes waste and resource inputs. In addition, ongoing product packaging development is leading us towards fully recycled and recyclable material usage.”

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Vote Pearse Lyons Distillery – World Travel Awards 2021

Pearse Lyons Distillery will battle it out against 13 European Distillery’s to be crowned Europe’s Leading Distillery Tour at this year’s World Travel Awards. Pearse Lyons Distillery is Dublin’s only independently, family-owned distillery. The distiller is located in the former, and lovingly restored, St. James Church in the heart of The Liberties, Dublin. The award-winning distillery produces Pearse Irish Whiskey and opened to visitors in September 2017.

Known for its intimate tours and tasting experiences with local storytellers, this distillery invites you to join them for the ultimate Irish Whiskey experience. Be one of a handful to meet and chat to the distillers and taste the range of limited editions and distillery exclusive whiskeys. Blend and bottle your own whiskey with the in-house experts and enjoy seasonal local produce which is paired beautifully with Pearse Irish Whiskey.

AWARD WINNING DISTILLERY IN DUBLIN 8

Named after the late Pearse Lyons, founder and Whiskey Innovator, the distillery opened its doors in 2017. Born from passion and family tradition, Pearse along with his wife Deirdre aspired to create a distillery like no other in Dublin. Paying homage to their ancestors, five generations of coopers in Dublin, the distillery experience takes you on an immersive journey where you discover and explore the art of Irish Whiskey distillation.

Pearse Lyons Distillery was awarded a Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Award in 2020. Winner of Best Dublin Visitor Experience 2019 at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards, the distillery is a must-see when in Dublin.

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With no less than four Irish distilleries being nominated for the World Travel Awards’ Europe’s Leading Distillery Tour, the Irish distilleries are up against distilleries in Scotland, England and France to claim the coveted title. To vote for Pearse Lyons Distillery, please click here. Voting closes on Wednesday, July 14 2021, with winners announced at the end of the month.

Sustainability at the heart of Pearse Lyons Distillery

Pearse Lyons Distillery began with sustainability in mind, not just environmentally, but culturally too. As a family-owned business, we want our visitors to feel that warm welcome when they arrive knowing that we have lovingly restored and protected a national monument. An iconic building in The Liberties, Dublin, which, for generations, remained derelict but is now treasured and given a new lease of life, as a state-of-the-art working distillery.

During the four-year restoration, our environmental commitments were at the core of every decision. From our LED lighting and solar panels, to shipping our spent grains to farmers in the locality to be used as animal feed, we strived to ensure we remained committed to sustainability. But we know that sustainability – and, sustainable tourism is not a destination, but a journey.

Therefore, four years on, we are sharing our vision for the future. We are introducing new standards for ourselves, our team, and our suppliers, while asking our visitors to join us in making a real impact to reduce waste and emissions, and to introduce new innovations to better benefit our local community and our planet.

In keeping with our community development policy, we are delighted to introduce a new partnership with the Robert Emmet Community Project and Dublin City Council. In the coming weeks, we will introduce a beehive to the St. James Cemetery. Here, the local community will be taught how to harvest honey from our Dublin 8 bees, and the honey produced will be used in our distillery cocktails and Ha’Penny Gin School.

We will keep you up to date with our endeavours as we gradually make these significant changes to grow our role in the circular economy in Dublin 8. To check out what we have achieved so far and what our policies are, please click here.

Sustainable Tourism Policy

Sustainable Tourism Policy

Pearse Lyons Distillery is committed to continual advancement in the area of sustainability. We know that sustainability – and, sustainable tourism is not a destination, but a journey. We are working with all our suppliers and visitors to reach a future where our award-winning visitor attraction is carbon positive.  We will keep you up to date with our endeavours as we gradually make these important changes to grow our role in the circular economy in Dublin 8.

Sustainable Tourism Mission Statement

Pearse Lyons Distillery seeks to uphold and maintain the highest standards of sustainable tourism in the areas of environment, community, work culture and visitor experience. Our aim is for our team and visitors to enjoy playing their role in progressing and maintaining a historical visitor attraction with sustainability at its heart. We seek to serve our community through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives and to protect our local environment as we facilitate tours to our heritage site.

Our Sustainability Policy

As part of the Alltech family, Pearse Lyons Distillery embraces the Planet of Plenty ethos, working towards the best practices for people, animals, and the environment. This touches on all points of our business from our suppliers through to our visitors and local community.

Our aim is to create unforgettable, engaging visitor experiences through a Leave No Trace code of practice that fits within our Planet of Plenty commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Commitments

As we work towards our official certification by Sustainable Travel Ireland, we have outlined specific areas of focus that align with the Tourism Charter of the Association of Visitor Attractions & Experiences (AVEA):

Local & Economic We will continue to contribute to the local economy by maintaining and supporting local employment, by sourcing services and sustainably produced goods locally and by providing information to customers on other products and services in the local area.

Community We aim to make a positive social impact on visitors and communities through mutually beneficial business collaborations and our CSR initiatives.

Environment We are committed to reducing our use of non-renewables and are working with our suppliers to phase out single use plastics. We are also committed to improving our management of natural resources and reducing our waste and sourcing materials that promote a circular economy. We send our spent grain by-products to be used as animal feed and are boosting the biodiversity of our site by planting seasonal, insect-friendly flowers and shrubs. We also host a beehive on site in the surrounding 800-year-old St. James’s graveyard.

Conservation & Heritage Our buildings and surrounding site are a symbol of our commitment to conserving our natural and built heritage. We respect the natural environment, including habitats and wildlife and are committed to preserving and enhancing it for future generations. Our 19 Century church and town houses are of architectural regional significance and have been sensitively restored to be enjoyed by all.

Storytelling We delight visitors through the authentic interpretation and communication of our stories and the unique history of our site. Not to mention the art of whiskey distillation and maturation.

Ongoing Commitment

We know that sustainability – and, sustainable tourism is not a destination, but a journey. This policy is a living document that will continue to evolve and develop as we progress through our goals.