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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.

 

Lyons becomes first to achieve recognition for outstanding contributions to Irish Whiskey and Kentucky bourbon industries

The late Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder of Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin, was honored with a Chairman’s Award by Drinks Ireland | Irish Whiskey on Thursday. He is the first to receive recognition in Ireland and the United States for his outstanding contribution to both the Irish Whiskey and Kentucky bourbon industries.

Outstanding contribution for Irish Whiskey and Kentucky Bourbon

Lyons was recognized by the Irish Whiskey Association for his outstanding contributions to the Irish Whiskey industry during the bi-annual Chairman’s Award ceremony on Nov. 26, 2020. The Chairman’s Award, which acknowledges the leaders and legends of the Irish Whiskey industry and category, accompanies the many other varied achievements Lyons accumulated over the course of his career. This Irish award complements his Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame recognition, which was bestowed upon him in September 2018. Created by the Kentucky Distilling Association in conjunction with the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in 2001, the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and organizations that have made a significant and transformational impact on bourbon’s stature, growth and awareness.

“Pearse would be so honored to receive this recognition,” said Deirdre Lyons, Pearse Lyons’ wife and the co-founder of Alltech. “Although he traveled the world and worked in several industries, his heart was always in distilling. As he raised a glass of whiskey at the opening of Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin, Ireland, in August 2017, he was fulfilling a dream that was bigger than himself. A descendant of five generations of Irish coopers, he was furthering his family’s legacy.”

Passion for brewing and distilling

Lyons’ legacy and his contribution to the Irish Whiskey and Kentucky bourbon industries is vast. From his pioneering work on yeast fermentation to developing new distilleries in Kentucky and Ireland, his passion and enthusiasm was evident early in his career.

Raised in Dundalk, Ireland, Lyons hailed from five generations of Irish coopers who made barrels for distilleries across Ireland. At the age of fourteen, Lyons got a job at Harp Brewery, where he got to know the influential brewer Dr. Hermann Muender. This experience led to Lyons working at Guinness during the summer while obtaining his degree in biochemistry. Lyons was the first Irish man to receive a Masters in Brewing and Distilling at the British School of Malting and Brewing, University of Birmingham in 1968. After university, Lyons’ first job was with Irish Distillers, where he was part of the design team that built the Midleton distillery in Cork. 

Moving to Kentucky

In 1976, Lyons and his young family, including son, Mark, and daughter, Aoife, moved to the United States, settling in Kentucky. Ever the visionary, Lyons saw an opportunity to apply his fermentation expertise to provide smarter, more sustainable solutions for agriculture. From the garage of his home, he and Deirdre established Alltech in 1980, which has grown to become a global leader in animal and plant nutrition. Celebrating 40 years this year, Alltech’s reach has grown far beyond yeast-based additives for animal feed to include award-winning beers and spirits, a crop science business and even promising research into human health challenges, such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

Founding the Alcohol School in Lexington, KY

At the time of Alltech’s founding, Lyons also established The Alcohol School in Lexington, KY, one of the few schools at that time for the distilling industry and ran it for 25 years. He published and co-authored “The Alcohol Textbook,” a text that evolved over four editions and soon became a key source for the beverage, fuel and industrial alcohol industries.

Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

As Alltech continued to grow, Lyons maintained his passion for brewing and distilling. In 1999, Lyons — along with his son, Mark — revived the Lexington Brewing Company, restoring the tradition of craft brewing in Kentucky, well ahead of the trend. In 2012, the operation expanded to become the Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. with the addition of Town Branch, the first new distillery to open in Lexington in more than a century. Built with Kentucky limestone and featuring glass walls to showcase two copper-pot stills, the 20,000-square-foot facility produces Town Branch® Bourbon, Town Branch® Rye, Town Branch® Malt and Pearse Lyons Reserve®. Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. is now the largest craft brewery in the state, with an ever-growing following for its flagship brew, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale®. This iconic and innovative “beer of bourbon country” was among the first ales to be aged in bourbon barrels and became a top-selling four-pack of beer in the United States.

Pearse Lyons Distillery, Dublin

In 2012, a long-held dream to open a distillery in Ireland began to take shape when Lyons and his wife Deirdre discovered St. James’ Church in the Liberties district of Dublin. They were drawn to its location and rich history, which includes a connection to the Lyons family and their Irish ancestry. The historic church had been deconsecrated since 1964, but the Lyonses could see the possibilities amidst the dilapidation. Deirdre, who oversees corporate image and design at Alltech, took on the complicated, multi-year restoration and renovation project with fervor, meticulously managing every detail of the process. Lyons, with his great foresight saw the need to begin distilling whiskey before the distillery doors opened. Two copper Vendome pots stills were shipped to Carlow Brewing Company in February that year, where they were commissioned before being placed into their forever home at Pearse Lyons Distillery in 2016. The distillery opened its doors in 2017 and produces a line of award-winning Irish Whiskeys, including an innovative single malt. The five-year whiskey was the first to be produced by a new distillery in Ireland in more than 25 years, marking a historic milestone in the re-evolution of the Irish Whiskey industry. Pearse Lyons Distillery was awarded Dublin’s Best Visitor Experience in 2019 and was bestowed a Travelers’ Choice Award in 2020. The distillery is recognized in the top 100 attractions in the world by Tripadvisor.

Dueling Barrels, Pikeville, Kentucky

Following the successes of Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. and Pearse Lyons Distillery, Lyons along with his wife Deirdre set about creating a similar venture in Pikeville, Kentucky. Nestled deep in the Appalachian foothills sits their third venture in brewing and distilling: Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery. The distillery and brewery were designed to initiate tourism and generate jobs in the region. Though Lyons passed in March 2018, his wife Deirdre completed the three-year project with her team to open doors in June that year.

“My father’s legacy and passion are reflected in our family of breweries and distilleries as well as the craft of countless brewers and distillers that he helped to educate and inspire,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “He was an Irishman who chose Kentucky as a second home, so it is truly special to see him recognized in both Ireland and Kentucky for his significant contributions to the whiskey industry.”