Press releases




Irish whiskey producers on industry mission to US and Canada ahead of St Patrick’s Day

06/03/2019

Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) members travel to New York and Toronto as part of industry mission Mission seeks to boost Irish whiskey category profits in the lead up to St Patrick’s Day IWA to partner with the Consulate General of Ireland and Distilled ...

Irish whiskey industry growing at rapid pace with 23rd distillery beginning operations

04/03/2019

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes Clonakilty Distillery today as the 23rd operational Irish whiskey distillery The distillery boasts a unique visitor experience, gin school and bistro restaurant Visitor experience expected to attract 35,000 visitors annu ...

Irish whiskey industry welcomes opening of Dublin Liberties Distillery

20/02/2019

Dublin Liberties Distillery in Dublin city centre today becomes the 22nd operational Irish whiskey distillery  The distillery boasts an impressive visitor centre which will accommodate up to 80,000 visitors annually  Global sales of Irish whiskey e ...

Visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries up 13% in 2018

14/01/2019

923,000 visitors to 13 distilleries supported 356 jobs in 2018 Irish whiskey remains one of fastest growing attractions in Irish tourism Eight new Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres to open in 2019 Irish Whiskey Association warns of challenges ...

Irish whiskey awarded legal protection in Australia for the first time

07/01/2019

Irish Whiskey Association successfully registers “Irish Whiskey” as a certification mark in Australia Greatly enhances ability to go after fake Irish Whiskey Exports to Australia grew 35% in first 10 months of 2018 The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) h ...

Irish Whiskey Association elects David Stapleton as new Chairman

03/01/2019

New Chairman is Managing Director of Connacht Whiskey Company in Co Mayo Mr. Stapleton says “2019 will mark an important moment of transition for the Irish Whiskey Association” as IWA set to treble its budget following strategic review John Quinn, ...

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes An Bord Pleanala permission for 12 Irish whiskey maturation warehouses in Co. Westmeath

19/12/2018

The Irish Whiskey Association has today welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission, on appeal, for the development of 12 Irish whiskey maturation warehouses at Moyvore, Co. Westmeath, to be developed by Vault Storage Limited. T ...

IWA Twitter competition Terms and Conditions

13/11/2018

IWA Twitter competition Terms and Conditions 1. The promoter is Ibec CLG trading as the Irish Whiskey Association whose registered office is at 84-86 Baggot Street, Dublin 2. 2. The competition is open to all followers of @IrishWhiskeyAsc aged 18 years or ...

No Deal’ Brexit would be disastrous for Irish Drinks Industry – new ABFI position paper

15/10/2018

• A No Deal would see immediate tariffs on barley, malt, glass bottles, apples, finished cider • Hard border would lead to delays and disruption for 23,000 cross-border truck movements • Value of trade in drinks products between the UK and Ireland wor ...

Irish whiskey industry warns ludicrous outdoor advertising restrictions will damage visitor centres and small distilleries

30/08/2018

Directional/way-finding signs to whiskey distillery visitor centres to be banned in many areas under current Public Health (Alcohol) Bill; Advertising restrictions cited as anti-competitive as smaller distilleries and new brands won’t be able to compete ...

Brewery and Distillery visitor centres report ‘positive summer’ as future looks bright for sector

28/08/2018

2,590,215 visitors to the brewery and distillery tourist attractions in Ireland in 2017 13 whiskey distillery visitor centres in planning or development stage Ireland’s Brewery and Distillery visitor centres are now attracting millions of tourists every ...

ABFI Statement in response to Lancet Study

24/08/2018

ABFI is committed to encouraging responsible choices about alcohol. Many choices in life carry potential risks and benefits. The HSE has developed low-risk drinking guidelines to provide guidance on moderate alcohol consumption. ABFI calls on the Minister ...

Warning that Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will have negative impact on local jobs and rural economy

16/08/2018

Diversification and innovation in Irish drinks industry means that there are now: Craft breweries in every county Irish whiskey distilleries in 22 counties Irish gin distilleries in 14 counties But Government warned that Alcohol Bill will hinder fur ...

Planning a stay-cation this summer? Why not visit one of Ireland’s brewery or distillery visitor attractions

11/07/2018

Drinks industry visitor centres attracted 2.6 million visitors in 2017 Impending legislation will damage growth as ‘ads and directional signage to visitor centres to be banned’ – ABFI As Ireland continues to experience hot weather, the country is enjoy ...

Irish Whiskey Association warns EU that trade war with US could devastate Irish whiskey industry

25/05/2018

An EU-US trade war could devastate the Irish whiskey industry, according to the Irish Whiskey Association. The body, which represents Ireland’s rapidly expanding network of distillers, new and old, made the comment today at a major gathering of the all-i ...

On World Whiskey Day, Irish whiskey industry outlines ambitious plans to more than double worldwide sales by 2030

25/05/2018

Irish whiskey industry to gather in Bushmills Co. Antrim next week to discuss international trade and the impact of Brexit on the industry On World Whiskey Day (Saturday, 19 May), the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has outlined its ambitious plans to mor ...