High-profile Roe & Co distillery development continues
The under-construction Roe & Co distillery on Dublin's James' Street took a major step forward this week with the delivery of three large copper stills. They were built over the space of a year at Diageo’s Abercombie coppersmiths in Alloa, Scotland.
16 October 2018
Three enormous copper vessels set for use in distilling newly-founded Roe & Coe Irish whiskey were delivered to the under-construction distillery at the former Guinnes Power Station on Dublin’s James’ Street. When completed, the Roe & Coe distillery will be a major landmark and visitor experience.
The wash still, intermediate still, and spirit still were crafted at Diageo’s Abercombie coppersmiths in Alloa, Scotland, where work has been underway since the end of 2017.
Roe & Co is named in honour of George Roe, the world-famous whiskey maker who helped build the “golden era” of Irish Whiskey in the 19th century. His 17-acre distillery was once Ireland’s largest distillery.
Diageo’s move into the premium blended whiskey category was announced in January 2017, and commenced with a €25m investment over three years. The Roe & Coe distillery was announced shortly afterwards, and by now the project is well underway, with the arrival of the equipment and the installing of branding on the iconic power station building.
The next major step will be the fabrication of wooden washbacks, which will provide the key feedstock for the distillery.
Gavan O’Halloran, Project Manager for the Distillery build, said that the Guinness Power Station building has been an iconic part of DUblin’s skyline since it was completed in 1948. “This is an important moment in the future of the Liberties and Dublin 8,” O’Halloran said. “We are delighted to be breathing life back into this old industrial building by installing three beautiful copper pot stills to make Roe & Co Irish whiskey.
“When we open our gates in 2019,” he added, “our pot stills will sit proudly looking out on James’s St., welcoming visitors to our new distillery and visitor experience.”