Our Whiskey Story

Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James has been born out of a personal passion for brewing and distilling, an entrepreneurial spirit and a deep rooted family connection with The Liberties.

“We have always dreamed about having an Irish Whiskey distillery in Dublin. We set upon a journey of finding the perfect location, and in 2013, we discovered St. James’ Church and were drawn to its rich history and The Liberties.

The location in the centre of Dublin’s historic whiskey district was ideal, and the cast of colourful characters associated with St.James’ Church, including my grandfather, John Hubert Lyons who is buried in the graveyard, made it even more special.

My wife, Deirdre, painstakingly restored St. James’ Church to its former glory for you to discover and explore the site from past to present.

Our new glass steeple, which is now regularly referred to as the “Liberties Lantern,” is a beacon marking a new era for St. James’ Church.

Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James marks the next step in our brewing and distilling journey, building on the success of our sister distillery in the USA that produces Town Branch® Bourbon at the heart of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.

We hope you enjoy the atmosphere, the stories and of course the whiskey, in the unique surroundings that is Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James.” – Pearse Lyons, our late Founder, on our opening in 2017.