Alltech Craft distillery
The American animal nutrition company Alltech is an unusual one. Founded in 1999 by Pearse Lyons it’s operations began in animal feed and meat before diversifying with the launch of Town Branch Bourbon in 2011, named after the waterway on which Lexington is founded.
Alltech, a global biotech company from Kentucky, is known to have its own yeast for distilling developed as well as additional expertise in the use of enzymes for distilling. In 2012 Pearse Lyons and his wife Deirdre decided to establish a distillery in Bagenalstown, County Carlow, Ireland in a former 19th century church. The Pearse Lyons’s grandfather, John Hubert Lyons, was one of the last people to be buried in the Church graveyard in 1948.
How is Altech Craft Produced
The distillery is fully manual so the commissioning process will take time and a master distiller’s eye and refined taste buds to adjust the spirit levels and temperatures to create the perfect whiskey.
To begin, the malted barley is milled and sent to a lauder tun to extract the converted starches; the resulting liquid is called the wort. The yeast is then introduced into the wort in stainless steel washbacks, where it will stay for the next 65 hours becoming mash and finally become wash.
The wash is then added to a wash still, beginning the first phase of the distilling process, and the spirit that is collected is known as a low wine. The low wine then goes into the spirit still, where it is further condensed and purified, resulting in three cuts: the head cut, the heart cut and the tail cut. The heart cut, a colorless liquid with a high alcohol content, is extracted and aged, legally becoming whiskey after 3 years of maturation.
Alltech Craft factsheet
|Name||Pronounced||AKA||Region||Country of Origin|
|Alltech Craft||Carlow Brewing||Ireland|
|Status||Active||Whisky Type||Website||Tours Available|
|Active||2012 - Present||Malt||Alltech Craft||Tour Link|
|Manager||Distiller||Blender||Owned by||Parent Group|
|Seamus O'Hara||Mark Coffman; Seamus O'Hara|
Alltech Craft Timeline:
2000: Dr. Pearse Lyons, who worked for a long time in Guinness and Harp breweries, founds a brewery in Lexington, Kentucky (USA) with a whiskey distillery. The stills required for this come from Scotland.
2012: Construction of the Alltech Craft Distillery in Bagenalstown, County Carlow with stills from a coppersmith in Kentucky. Alltech prefers double distillation instead of the triple distillation common in Ireland. Start of production in November 2012.
2014: In spring 2014 purchase of the disused church on St James Street in Dublin. Application to convert the building into a distillery.
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Can I tour Alltech Craft?
No, unfortunately Alltech Craft distillery is not open to the public for tours