The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild is an Irish Whiskey Tourism initiative just launched by a group of ten local hostelries to provide a premium Irish Whiskey experience to visitors and Kilkenny locals alike. Each Guild House will have a range of sixty or more Irish Whiskeys offered on bespoke menus by specially trained staff. There will be tasting trays to tempt the novice as well as Whiskey cocktails and food pairings.
The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild will host monthly Whiskey events and tastings across participating venues. Each of the guild houses will be designated by a specially commissioned Kilkenny Whiskey Guild plaque – Billy Byrne’s Bar, Paris Texas, The Brewery Corner, The Dylan Whisky Bar, The Hibernian Bar, Matt the Millers, Langton’s, The Left Bank, The Wine Centre and Lanigan’s Bar.
Kilkenny boasts the first ever reference to distilling in Ireland, contained in The Red Book of Ossory, dated 1324, together with a distilling heritage dating back to late Norman Ireland, through to the 19th century and on into the contemporary Irish Whiskey renaissance based in the ‘Barley Basket’ that lies to the south of Ireland’s Ancient East.
Today, the medieval cobbled streets of Kilkenny, steeped in history, are the ideal setting in which to discover the very best of Irish Whiskey in its many and varied forms with reputable established and exciting new whiskeys on offer.
Visitors can make the most of the experience by picking up a Kilkenny Whiskey Guild (KWG) brochure with a map to guide them to participating venues. The brochure will also feature local points of interest on Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, as well as information on other key Irish Whiskey destinations nationwide.
The ambition is to make Kilkenny Whiskey Guild a comprehensive attraction at the forefront of Irish Whiskey Tourism and there are initiatives planned all the way out to the 700th anniversary of The Red Book of Ossory in 2024 to make this happen.
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