Old Kilbeggan Distillery, Kilbeggan

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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  • Very nice old brewery which now as boutique distellerij in operation. Interesting guided tour. The old part of the time it is booted is still intact with its machines, this is very interesting to see. Also the new part is discussed you can see the difference. Nice guide and fine whiskies to taste
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  • Kilbeggan is a great whiskey and a great tour. Getting to learn about the distilling techniques and see the history was very interesting. I've been here a few times, with family and with customers. Ea...  more »
  • Really enjoyed this distillery tour. Our guide was friendly and informative. All the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Would definitely recommend to others.  more »
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  • A fun look at the history of Irish whiskey. Our tour guide was knowledgeable about the old process used in distillation. The tour shows some of the original vats and pot stills from the 1700s. Top it off with a tour of the new, boutique distillery and a tasting of three whiskeys. After they have a gift shop where you can buy any from their portfolio with at least one whiskey on sale. Overall a great experience and recommended for anyone passing through on the motorway looking for a pit stop.
  • One of the most interesting places I've ever visited. If you like your Irish whiskey this is the place for you.
  • Interesting location. Kind of a museum. Unfortunately no real production site, just sometimes for the show. The tour guide was very friendly.
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  • This was the best distillery tour we went on! You get to see the old equipment and a three whiskey tasting at the end. Overall the best whiskey we had too - the whole group agreed!
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