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Pearse Lyons Distillery honoured for Sustainability at Icons of Whiskey Awards 2023

The Pearse Lyons Distillery has garnered yet another accolade after recently receiving the Highly Commended Award in the Sustainable Distillery Category at the Icons of  Whisky Awards 2023. The award is given to “a distillery that has implemented improved sustainability processes within the distillery and wider supply chain in the past 12 months that have led to demonstrable reductions in the brand’s environmental impact.”

This is an outstanding achievement for the whole team and a significant recognition of our ongoing sustainability journey.

The Icons of Whisky awards aim to celebrate the best and brightest people and places in the sector – not just the distilleries and the teams that work in them, but also the individuals and businesses that work to support and promote them and their products.

The in-person awards ceremony, hosted Irish whiskey’s greatest producers and their wider teams at the Iveagh Garden Hotel in Dublin on 24 November for the 2023 regional awards, hosted by Whisky Magazine.

Pearse Lyons Distillery awarded prestigious Bord Bia Origin Green Gold Membership status

In recognition of their unwavering commitment to sustainability, Pearse Lyons Distillery has achieved Gold Membership, the highest and most prestigious standard in the Bord Bia Origin Green program. Pearse Lyons Distillery’s consistent improvement in the use of recycled and recyclable materials in product packaging, increased efficiencies in how raw materials are utilized, sustained waste reduction and community engagement were the basis for achieving this highly coveted status.

“We are proud to recognize Pearse Lyons Distillery with the Bord Bia Origin Green Gold Membership status as they have employed excellent sustainability practices, such as yearly increased use of recycled and recyclable materials in their bottles and packaging, increased return from the grain used for distilling, annual reductions in waste produced and increasing engagement with the communities around the distillery,” said Deirdre Ryan, director of sustainability & quality assurance, Origin Green Programme, Bord Bia.

“It’s a true honour for Pearse Lyons Distillery to attain Origin Green Gold status this year,” said Conor Farrell, chief operating officer of Alltech’s Beverage Division. “Sustainability is a core value of our production and distribution practices, originally championed by the Lyons Family, Alltech and their Planet of Plenty™ initiative. We consider the well-being of the consumer and the environment in all processes, and it is our company’s ongoing intention to be not only one of Ireland’s leading sustainable distilleries, but also a leader in our local community.”

Origin Green is Ireland’s pioneering food and drink sustainability programme, uniting the government, private sector and complete supply chain, from farmers to food producers, foodservice and retail. As the world’s only national food and drink sustainability programme, Origin Green enables the industry to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets that respect the environment and serve local communities more effectively.

“The Origin Green program has become immensely important to us,” said Conor Ryan, head of production operations at Pearse Lyons Distillery. “It has enhanced and focused our business, environmental and community-focused initiatives and has aided us in the continual monitoring and improvement of efficiencies across all processes. We strive to maintain only the highest of standards and have implemented practices that continue to serve this value well. Measurement and a commitment to continual improvement have contributed to a highly efficient production process that minimizes waste and resource inputs. In addition, ongoing product packaging development is leading us towards fully recycled and recyclable material usage.”

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Vote Pearse Lyons Distillery – World Travel Awards 2021

Pearse Lyons Distillery will battle it out against 13 European Distillery’s to be crowned Europe’s Leading Distillery Tour at this year’s World Travel Awards. Pearse Lyons Distillery is Dublin’s only independently, family-owned distillery. The distiller is located in the former, and lovingly restored, St. James Church in the heart of The Liberties, Dublin. The award-winning distillery produces Pearse Irish Whiskey and opened to visitors in September 2017.

Known for its intimate tours and tasting experiences with local storytellers, this distillery invites you to join them for the ultimate Irish Whiskey experience. Be one of a handful to meet and chat to the distillers and taste the range of limited editions and distillery exclusive whiskeys. Blend and bottle your own whiskey with the in-house experts and enjoy seasonal local produce which is paired beautifully with Pearse Irish Whiskey.

AWARD WINNING DISTILLERY IN DUBLIN 8

Named after the late Pearse Lyons, founder and Whiskey Innovator, the distillery opened its doors in 2017. Born from passion and family tradition, Pearse along with his wife Deirdre aspired to create a distillery like no other in Dublin. Paying homage to their ancestors, five generations of coopers in Dublin, the distillery experience takes you on an immersive journey where you discover and explore the art of Irish Whiskey distillation.

Pearse Lyons Distillery was awarded a Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Award in 2020. Winner of Best Dublin Visitor Experience 2019 at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards, the distillery is a must-see when in Dublin.

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With no less than four Irish distilleries being nominated for the World Travel Awards’ Europe’s Leading Distillery Tour, the Irish distilleries are up against distilleries in Scotland, England and France to claim the coveted title. To vote for Pearse Lyons Distillery, please click here. Voting closes on Wednesday, July 14 2021, with winners announced at the end of the month.

Sustainability at the heart of Pearse Lyons Distillery

Pearse Lyons Distillery began with sustainability in mind, not just environmentally, but culturally too. As a family-owned business, we want our visitors to feel that warm welcome when they arrive knowing that we have lovingly restored and protected a national monument. An iconic building in The Liberties, Dublin, which, for generations, remained derelict but is now treasured and given a new lease of life, as a state-of-the-art working distillery.

During the four-year restoration, our environmental commitments were at the core of every decision. From our LED lighting and solar panels, to shipping our spent grains to farmers in the locality to be used as animal feed, we strived to ensure we remained committed to sustainability. But we know that sustainability – and, sustainable tourism is not a destination, but a journey.

Therefore, four years on, we are sharing our vision for the future. We are introducing new standards for ourselves, our team, and our suppliers, while asking our visitors to join us in making a real impact to reduce waste and emissions, and to introduce new innovations to better benefit our local community and our planet.

In keeping with our community development policy, we are delighted to introduce a new partnership with the Robert Emmet Community Project and Dublin City Council. In the coming weeks, we will introduce a beehive to the St. James Cemetery. Here, the local community will be taught how to harvest honey from our Dublin 8 bees, and the honey produced will be used in our distillery cocktails and Ha’Penny Gin School.

We will keep you up to date with our endeavours as we gradually make these significant changes to grow our role in the circular economy in Dublin 8. To check out what we have achieved so far and what our policies are, please click here.