Kilbeggan Distillery was a leading Irish Whiskey Distillery for 200 years until it finally closed in the 1950s.
Luckily, the derelict old distillery was restored as a museum in the 1990’s under the ownership first of Dr. John Teeling of Cooley Whiskey and then Beam Suntory, who bought Cooley Whiskey from Dr. Teeling.
This is one of our very favourite distillery visits on the Irish Whiskey Trail. Visiting Kilbeggan is just like visiting the distillery on the day it closed in the 1950s with all of the key features of a classic age whiskey distillery perfectly presented. If you really want to see how Irish Whiskey is made from “Grain to Glass”, then this is the “must-see” distillery to visit while in Ireland.
We have granted Kilbeggan Distillery the coveted category of Active Distillery on the Irish Whiskey Trail as they still maintain a small fully functioning micro-distillery on site.
In addition to their standard daily distillery visitor daily tours, Kilbeggan also run a wonderful series of special tours aimed at Irish Whiskey Connoisseurs Full details of dates for these tours and how to reserve and book one of the limited tour spaces are on their website. We strongly advise pre booking of these tours well in advance of your visit as spaces are limited to about 12 guests per tour.
Our own favourite tour is the Whiskey Connoisseur Tour led by Kilbeggan Distillery’s Global Whiskey Ambassador John Cashman. Read a review of the Kilbeggan Connoisseur tour by our editor Stuart McNamara on IrishWhiskey.com at http://irishwhiskey.com/stuart-kilbeggan-distillery-connoisseur-experience/