Lonely Planet Writer

Boutique Dublin whiskey distillery to open in old church next month

An exciting new visitor experience will soon be on offer in the Irish capital of Dublin, as the boutique Pearse Lyons Distillery is set to open its doors to the public in September. Run by husband and wife team, Pearse and Deirdre Lyons, this distillery marks another addition to the thriving brewing tradition around the Liberties; one of Dublin’s oldest neighbourhoods.

The Pearse Lyons boutique whiskey distillery will open in Dublin next month
Dr. Pearse Lyons with his wife Deirdre pictured at Pearse Lyons Distillery, James’s St, Dublin 8. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

“We are very proud and excited to announce the launch of a new experience to the people of Dublin, and visitors to the Liberties”, the couple recently announced. “Our new distillery is located in St. James’s Church on James’s Street, a building brimming with history, which dates back to the 12th century. We welcome you to visit the home of the Pearse Irish Whiskey collection, enjoy our boutique distillery and hear about all the curious characters associated with St. James’s. We’re looking forward to opening our doors, bringing something new to the city of Dublin and beyond, and adding a new landmark to an already iconic skyline with our Liberty Lantern.”

Though Pearse emigrated to America in the 1970s, he has a rich Irish heritage, and is descended from five generations of coopers on his mother’s side. In fact, his grandfather John Hubert Lyons was one of the last people buried in the graveyard at St. James’s, back in 1948. Incredibly passionate about the brewing process, Pearse holds a PhD in Yeast Fermentation, and was the first Irish man to receive a formal degree in brewing and distilling from the British School of Malting and Brewing.

Pearse Lyons Distillery will open in Dublin in September
Pearse Lyons Distillery at St James’ Church, James’ St, Dublin. Image by: Conor McCabe Photography

“We wanted to do something in Dublin based on our knowledge of Kentucky, where we already have a distillery,” says Deirdre. “I was able to witness how a cluster of distilleries could work together to attract more visitors. We would love to be part of a whiskey trail in Dublin.”

She and Pearse will certainly be in excellent company in this historic part of the city; Teeling Distillery is located on the Liberties’ Newmarket Square, while the Dublin Liberties Distillery is set to open on Mill Street next Spring. Diageo meanwhile will soon be opening its own whiskey distillery in the former Guinness Power House, also on James’s Street.