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Where Spirits, Myths and Legends Meet: Another Riveting Chapter in the Story of Lir Irish Whiskey

local news Jul 05, 2023

As one of our founding member companies in Taste Causeway, we have been captivated  by the story of  Glens of Antrim Distillery. Just like the epic story of the Children of Lir which inspired the brand, there has been more twists to this tale than all the myths and legends for which the Causeway Coast and Glens is renowned across the world.

The next  chapter marks a significant milestone in that story. Glens of Antrim Distillery based in Cushendall, has just completed the first shipment of 7,000 bottles of Lir Green Crest to the US market. This is a remarkable achievement for the company which only launched in March 2022.

Michael McKillop, Co-Founder of Glens of Antrim Distillery said “During my recent visit to New York and New Jersey I met with dozens of new clients and forged many great relationships with our new customers”.

“Over the last decade, Irish whiskey has led the alcoholic drinks sector, consistently recording the highest growth across all spirits with Irish Whiskey sales forecast to reach 300 million bottles per annum by 2030. We believe our brand will resonate with American consumers who appreciate the tradition and craftsmanship that goes into making our whiskey.”

The dream of a dedicated Distillery with amazing views over the Causeway Coast and a state-of-the art visitor experience is also a step closer. This part of the story has taken the family all over the world to look at the very best experiential visitor attractions and whiskey distilleries.

Mary McKillop Co-Founder said, "It was always our intention to scale the brand and we are always open to new opportunities! Currently we are in the planning stages for our new distillery building at our home in Cushendall which will bring a significant tourism offering to the Antrim Glens with interactive distillery tours, a top-class restaurant focusing local food and drink and special tasting areas. We aspire to be one of the most exciting, innovative and immersive distillery experiences on the island of Ireland. This is our opportunity to preserve the  stories from our local community as well as well as our whiskey barrels in stunning surroundings which will create jobs and further commercial opportunities in the local area”.

While there are many more chapters still to be written, we congratulate the Mc Killop family on their vision and their pride in their product and the place it comes from.

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