Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin

Whiskey is very much a part of Irish history, so taking a tour at the Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin and sampling their produce technically is still considered cultural sightseeing…just. But it’s not just the whiskey you’ll visit for. Born out of a personal passion for brewing and distilling, and a deep rooted family connection with The Liberties, a stop at the Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin will unravel the fascinating history and curious characters that make this attraction popular.

Take the tour

With tales to tell dating back to the 12th Century, the tour covers not only the distillery and how the good stuff (Pearse Irish Whiskey) is produced, but also takes you to the graveyard and tells you the history of St. James’ Church. You’ll then enjoy three tasty samples from the range. While there be sure to appreciate the restored church, with its new, impressive glass steeple.

The Church

St. James’ Church dates back to the 12th Century, and underwent lots of transformations over the years. The present church was built in 1859-1860 in a Gothic design. In 1963, the church was closed for worship due to a decline in parishioners and was since a lighting store and food warehouse, and now a distillery.

During its latest restoration, many curious stories were uncovered bringing the past to life. And the graveyard also holds the secrets to its past. Headstones show which trades The Liberties welcomed in their day, coopers, distillers, linen merchants, shoemakers and bakers.

Other interesting facts about Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin

  • The copper pot stills used in the distillation process were shipped all the way over from Kentucky to Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin
  • These copper pot stills have been nicknamed Mighty Molly and Little Lizzie in honour of the Lyon’s family’s distant relatives
  • While the exact origins of Irish Whiskey are unknown, ancient manuscripts reveal Irish monks practiced the art of distillation during the 6th Century.