The Boann Distillery and Visitor Centre, a state-of -the-art distillery soon to open in the heart of the Boyne Valley, will create over 80 new jobs as part of its ambitious plans to become one of Ireland’s leading independent distilleries and craft brewery initiatives. The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.

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 nearing commencement 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 Aleis 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 Boyne Brewhouse debut range of craft beer consists of:

Born in a Day Australian Pale Ale, 4.8%

Long ArmDortmunder Export, 4.8%

Pagan’s Pillar Sparking Copper Ale, 4.8%

The core Boyne Brewhouse craft beer range will be available in bottle, can and draught and will follow up with a range of speciality food beers and seasonals. With state of the art bottling, canning and kegging lines being installed at the production facility, some innovative packaging formats will also be introduced.

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.