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Dublin has a long and proud history with alcohol production

The major cities of Britain and Ireland during the industrial era all had unique identities. Liverpool was a major port and junction, Manchester was a textiles giant, Glasgow and Belfast built world famous ships. In Dublin we made alcohol. The story of Dublin was the story of Guinness and the perfection of Whiskey.

Time was to change the identities of all these cities and Dublin was no different. Join us to find out how the life-blood of Dublin all but disappeared and see how in the 21st Century is being celebrated and now renewed.

A Brief Overview

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21st Century

Sadly in 1974 the stills went cold in the last production distillery in Dublin. This would mean that the Guinness facility at St. James’s Gate would be the only major producer of alcohol in the City of Dublin. The story would reach its lowest ebb.


The 1990s saw the pop up of some microbreweries’ in the City, with the Porterhouse brand being of note. It would be a few years later when in 2015 the Teeling family opened Dublin’s first new distillery in over 125 at the heart of the Golden Triangle in the Blackpitts area of the Liberties.


Today we are seeing a renaissance in the scene, Teelings have been joined by Pearse Lyons and soon the Liberties Distillery and the new Roe and Co. Distillery from Diageo. The Golden Triangle is glowing again, join us to hear the full story.

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Distilling in Dublin

Throughout the 18th and 19th century, Irish whiskey was one of the most popular alcohols in the world. This made Dublin a global whiskey hub with up to 40 distilleries operating in Dublin alone during this time. However, during the 20th century a series of factors lead to a serious decline in the industry. By 1976, the production of Irish whiskey had left Dublin completely. It wasn’t until 2015, that the Teeling Whiskey Co. restored this.

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Brewing in Dublin

Between 1829 and 1841, it was estimated that there were over 171 breweries on the island. Guinness at one stage was the largest brewery in Europe. However, the number of breweries in Dublin dropped down to just three brewing companies in the 1980s. This was mainly due to the fact that Guinness quickly dominated the Irish brewing scene and left few competitors standing.

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes”

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–Oscar Wilde, Irish Writer

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