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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  • Cool tour, there are materials in Russian. Give a try 3 types of whiskey, gave bokal'chiki, zarul'noj wife gave a small bottle with command sharing with me (drank through 20 minutes after check-out). Very detailed and thorough, not crowds. The gift shop price not greater than whisky from major retailers
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  • My first distillery, and it was marvelous! The place, the history, the scent, everything alright. What is wrong is the service. I arrive in a period without guided tours, so probably with few tourist,...  more »
  • The oldest licensed distillery in Ireland is worth a visit. Friendly staff, and authentic experience. None of the other distillery tours allowed you to see the workings of the distillation process pre...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • At Kilbeggan Distillery Experience it is possible to get a guided tour in an old whiskey distillery. Worth a visit! Do not forget to taste the liquid products, although not much Irish Whiskey (with e) is in the hands of domestic production anymore.
  • Wonderful experience! A hidden gem!
  • Great insight into the manufacturing of whiskey. I went twice. Years ago back in 2004 and again when they had a sort of opening day after the new buyout and taking over of the distillery. Both were fun but the latter was a better experience overall because of all the new money put in. Fun day and I'd recommend anyone to have a tour of the place whenever you can. Great fun and interesting. Learned quite a lot. Loved it.