Athlone was once a bustling hub of distilleries and brewery’s. The earliest record of distilling in Athlone can be traced back as far as 1740 and brewing can be traced back to the 1730’s!
In the early 1800’s it is recorded that there were two extensive distilleries in Athlone producing from 40,000 to 50,000 gallons of whiskey annually. There was also an array of malting houses and brewery’s in operation around that time.
During the tour, we will delve into the history of our proud ancient distilling and brewing traditions in Athlone and learn about the distillers, brewers and town bailiffs of the past, who owned these thriving establishments. We will uncover the secrets behind their successes, failures and quarrels and visit some of the old historical sites where they once operated.
Join us on the Athlone Whiskey Walking Tour where you will fully discover the centuries-old tradition of whiskey production in Athlone that encapsulates over 270 years of whiskey heritage and enjoy a few local tipples along the way!
On this walking tour, we will delve into the fascinating history associated with the distilling industry in Athlone that dates back as far as 1740! We will visit 3 whiskey venues and journey through a range of Irish whiskeys along the way and discover what makes them so unique.
You will also enjoy local chocolate pairings with two of your whiskey samples, to include 2 types of chocolate, specially made for the Athlone Whiskey Walking Tour, handcrafted by a local producer.
Kindly note that this is a walking tour. Please dress appropriately for all weather conditions. After all, today’s rain is tomorrows whiskey!
ATHLONE WHISKEY WALKING TOURS