Blackwater Distillery: 174-year wait ends as plant begins gin production
The first micro-distillery to open in Waterford in 174 years is set to begin production.
The Blackwater Distillery in Cappoquin will begin producing its 'Blackwater No 5 Gin' in the coming days and later will start making a quality whiskey.
Conna native Peter Mulryan is one of four directors of the new company, based at the Enterprise Park, the third micro-distillery to open in Ireland in the past year.
One opened in Tipperary just weeks before Christmas and, before that, one in Newtownmountkennedy in Co Wicklow.
Mr Mulryan spent more than 30 years working as a producer with the BBC and RTE. He says his interest first came from a family background in the drinks industry. His father worked as a chemist in Kiely's brewery in Waterford and his uncle Peter, who is originally from Mitchelstown, was the master brewer with Anheuser Busch Brewery in St Louis, Missouri, that produces Budweiser among its brands.
Distilling of 'Blackwater No 5' will start in the next week and it will be available at off-licences.
"We have a national distribution operation prepared and waiting and we are looking at all marketing aspects, including exports, which I hope will become a big item. The export market is very important as the Irish market is not that big," said Mr Mulryan.