Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Brown-Forman has today announced that it has officially broke ground on its new Slane Distillery in Ireland, the first distillery to be built by the company outside of the United States.

Located in the grounds of Slane Castle in the heart of Ireland’s Boyne Valley, 30 miles north of Dublin, Slane Distillery will be housed in the 18th century stables complex, which will be restored and converted to also include a visitor experience centre.

Slane Distillery will have a potential output of over 600,000 cases per year

The distillery which is expected to open in late 2016, will create 25 new full-time jobs, while the construction process itself will help to support around another 80 jobs.

Slane Castle is the home of Henry Conyngham, the eighth Marquess Conyngham and his son Alex Conyngham, the Earl of Mount Charles, whose family has been part of the Slane community for generations.

Commenting on the news, Lawson Whiting, Brown-Forman Executive Vice President, said: “Brown-Forman brands are founded on heritage, quality and authenticity, and there is nowhere as real as this beautiful and historic part of Ireland. We will leverage our wood and whiskey making prowess to create world class whiskey at Slane Distillery.” 

The first Slane Irish whiskeys will be launched to market in early 2017, initially using high quality whiskey purchased from other Irish distilleries, while the first barrels of whisky from the distillery are laid down to mature. 

Upon completion the distillery will have a potential output of more than 600,000 cases per year.

Posted by Steve Rush