The Boann Distillery and Visitor Centre, a state-of -the-art distillery soon to open in the heart of the Boyne Valley, has announced that it will create over 80 new jobs as part of its ambitious plans to become Ireland’s leading independent distillery and craft brewery. Opening in 2016, the stunning €20m Drogheda based facility will include a whiskey distillery ,craft brewery and taproom , an architecturally designed visitor centre which will host distillery and brewery tours, a 120 seater restaurant, whiskey bar, private event space, and a gift shop. With plans to produce craft whiskey, gin and an innovative range of craft beers for the domestic and export market, craft beer production is already underway in the 50,000sq ft building located in the lush Boyne Valley countryside. The Boann whiskey distillery will create a range of Irish single malt, pot still and blended whiskies from technologically advanced nano-copper pot stills. A small batch premium gin will also be produced in a custom made 500Ltr Bennett Still. The internationally renowned master distiller, John McDougall , is consultant Distiller to the project and will be working closely with Áine O’ Hora , Head Distiller and Brewer. Their shared passion and wealth of knowledge means every detail of the Boann Distillery has been meticulously considered. Áine, a Galway native, honed her craft for the past seven years as Brewer with Matilda Bay (CUB) Australia’s most awarded craft brewery. Her first beer for the Boyne Brewhouse, Born in a Day Australian Pale Ale, is a nod to her Australian Chapter. With a 3 vessel 35HL Kasper Schulz brewhouse at its heart and using traditional brewing methods with only the finest raw materials and the purest spring water from the Boyne Valley.
The Boann Distillery and Boyne Brewhouse are the realisation of a long held ambition of the Cooney family who have a long tradition in the Irish drinks industry. Pat Cooney built the Gleeson Group to be a major player in the Irish manufacturing and wholesale drinks business over the last 40 years with €300 million turnover and employment of 750 people. Part of this business was sold in 2012 to C&C but a cream liqueur facility and cidery were retained by the Cooney family. The addition of whiskey, white spirits and craft beers will complete a Four Pillar business of the Irish Drinks Industry with a strong focus on export markets as well as the domestic scene.
Pat is a native of Drogheda and having left in 1965 to pursue a professional career in accountancy and later in business, this is something of a home coming for him with the establishment of a new industry in his home town.
Pat, his wife Marie and four of their children are all actively involved in running the business.
The Boann Distillery will shocase their first release, a barrel aged beer called "The Whistler".