Something’s Brewing! Ballykeefe Distillery
Brewing and distilling is deeply embedded in the industrial fabric of Kilkenny. Such is it's popularity - the nearby Institute of Technology has introduced a Bachelor of Science degree in brewing and distilling! Kilkenny leads the way in product innovation and no visit to the place synonymous with Smithwick's is complete without taking a distillery tour or sampling a tincture from a local micro-brewery. From pip to sip and grape to grain, Kilkenny producers are delighted to welcome visitors to explore the science and folklore of this ancient craft.
We’re the only farm in the Republic of Ireland that grows its own barley and uses that to make its own spirits. We’re the only distillery feeding the by-products back out to the cattle on the farm - Morgan Ging
From our Fields to your Glass
Ballykeefe Distillery produces premium whiskey, exceptional gin, special vodka and Traditional Poitin in the heart of the picturesque countryside of Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny. Morgan Ging had an ambition 25 years ago to produce whiskey from his own barley and his dream was realised in 2017 when he produced the first casks. Today, their pure poitín, gin and vodka, and now Ballykeefe beef is championed by restaurants throughout the County and Ballykeefe has been running away with awards – not just for its products, but for its commitment to sustainability and minimal environmental impact.
Constantly innovating to copper fasten its sustainability- this year Ballykeefe added a Visitor Centre which now ranks at the top of the group on Tripadvisor. Distillery Tours open again on 1st March 2019.
An Intoxicating success story
Accolades include 3rd in the world at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards, Master Class for its Poitín at the 2018 Global Spirits Masters in London and Gold for the Poitín at the 2018 Irish Whiskey Awards