Old Kilbeggan Distillery, Kilbeggan

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Kilbeggan Distillery is situated on the River Brosna in Kilbeggan, County Westmeath, Ireland. It is owned by Beam Suntory.A small pot still distillery, the licence to distil dates to 1757, a copy of which can be seen in the distillery.HistoryThe distillery was founded in 1757 and, by 1798, was in the hands of Matthias McManus, whose son was executed in Mullingar due to the part he played in the United Irishmen rebellion of that year.John Locke took over the distillery in 1843, and it passed down to his granddaughters Mary Evelyn and Florence Emily in 1943. The economic depression of the 1920s and 1930s took its toll on Locke's. In 1947 it was put up for sale and the successful bidder, the Transworld Trust, involved fraudsters from Switzerland and Austria. Oliver J. Flanagan alleged under Oireachtas privilege that Fianna Fáil politicians were linked to the deal; a tribunal of inquiry discounted the allegations but the damage contributed to Fianna Fáil's defeat in the 1948 election. On 19 March 1954 production ceased at the distillery. It closed closing completely in 1957 and the building began to fall into disrepair. Twenty five years after its closure, the community of Kilbeggan restored the distillery and opened it to the public as a whiskey distillery museum. Cooley Distillery bought the license to produce Kilbeggan and Lockes Whiskey, and later took over the museum along with opening a new working distillery in Kilbeggan.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Undertook the mid range tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. A knowledgeable guide took me through all the processes and workings of the old distillery, then through the new distillery operating on site. T...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Our tour guide Tracey was full of information about the history and process involved in producing whiskey. It is great to be able to get up close to the equipment especially the water wheel. The souve...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Nice visit to the old kilbeggan Distillery, they explain the development of the whiskey. Very nice and good treatment
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  • July 10, 2017
    Lonely place to visit staff were friendly and helpful and the food was perfect could not ask for better keep up the great work
  • May 31, 2017
    Really nice place Interesting things to see.a good story behind it all .make sure you get the guided tour.free taste of the produce. Food in the restaurant is great
  • May 20, 2017
    Place with interesting history. Great tour. Great Whiskey. Just go to see.
  • October 21, 2016
    I was disappointed. I fully expected the distillery to be running at least partly, considering everything I'd read about it made it seem like that. But it only is actively making whiskey a few times a year from what I was told. The rest of the year it just sits empty. You can walk around and see the rusted stills and everything from its history, but I was expecting more. The trip to the tasting room is worth a visit though, if for nothing else but to try the 21 yo (or 24? I can't remember) Kilbeggan whiskey. Fantastic whiskey. Normal Kilbeggan is nothing special.
  • February 16, 2017
    Meet my partner at the distillery for our very first date!! enjoyed the guided tour as the tour guide really knew her stuff!! quaint and interesting place to visit.

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