Another addition to the ever-growing list of Irish distilleries has been made with the opening of the Roe & Co. Urban Distillery and Visitor Experience, located in heart of the Liberties of Dublin in the former Guinness Power Station which had officially closed in 1988. The distillery has created employment for 19 staff. Production is set to top out at 500,000 LPA per year once in full flow. The building has been wonderfully restored and maintains that art deco yet industrial feel. Lora Hemy is Roe & Co’s Head Distiller and she makes the whiskey. “It is great we could restore this building and name it after one of the great whiskey distillers. It feels right. George Roe was an innovator in his day, and this experience marries that ethos. I am also a big fan of the Liberties.” As a visitor, you can partake in the Power House Tour, an intimate tour limited to just 16 people. The 75-minute tour immerses the visitor with the opportunity to observe a fully operational distillery. You’ll get a chance to visit the Flavours room where you will explore the five pillars of flavour; sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami, and uncover their ideal taste profile when it comes to whiskey. In-Room 106, names after the number of blends it took to perfect the Roe & Co. whiskey, guests get to explore the process of creating their whiskey and of course sample the final product. At the heart of the building is the Power House Bar in which you can unwind and relax over a bespoke cocktail.
They are expecting to welcome 50,000 visitors per year. Tours cost €25 per guest and include whiskey tasting, a flavours workshop and a complimentary cocktail in the Power House Bar. Tours run from 11am-5pm daily, seven days a week.