Alltech Spirits, a division of animal health business Alltech, is set to develop a new distillery at Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, at the site of the Carlow Brewing Company. Alltech president Pearse Lyons said the investment represents a “momentous event” for the company, and will lead to the eventual launch of a “new Irish whiskey with Kentucky flair”, once the site is fully up and running in 2015. This is not the company’s first foray into the drinks business, however; Alltech currently produces ‘Town Branch Bourbon’ and ‘Pearse Lyons Reserve Single Malt Whiskey’ at its US distillery located in Lexington, Kentucky. Operating in Ireland since 1981, Alltech’s focus is mainly on animal health and nutrition.
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