Pearse Lyons Distillery are delighted to announce they have taken home four prestigious medals in the Irish Whiskey Masters 2023.

Pearse Lyons Distillery has been awarded four prestigious medals at The Spirits Business Irish Whiskey Masters 2023. Pearse 7 Years Distillers Choice Irish Whiskey received a Master medal — the highest accolade to be awarded — in the Blended – Premium category, while Ha’penny Four Cask received Gold in the Blended – Whiskey category, Pearse Lyons Genesis Release received Gold in the Single Malt – Super Premium category, and Pearse Lyons Pot Still received Gold in the New Make category.

“We are delighted and honoured to have received these awards, as it was very competitive, with 113 entries from 28 different companies, and the entries were blind tasted by a panel of international industry experts,” said Conor Ryan, head of production operations at Pearse Lyons Distillery. “These awards showcase Pearse Lyons Distillery’s commitment to every aspect of whiskey production: from growing our own grain, to using the best possible barrels sourced from Town Branch Distillery for optimal spirit maturation, and then finally to the craft of whiskey blending.”

Masters – Blended Premium

Pearse 7 Years Distillers Choice – 43% ABV

This expression of Pearse Irish Whiskey has been the flagship Whiskey product and most successful seller for Pearse Lyons Distillery for many years. It previously was awarded – Best Blended Irish Whiskey under 12 Years Old for two consecutive years at the World Whiskies Awards.

Pearse Distillers Choice is a malt forward, malt and grain Whiskey blend aged in a combination of former Town Branch Bourbon, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Casks and Sherry barrels for 7-10 years.

Gold – Blended Whiskey

Ha’penny Four Cask – 43% ABV

Ha’penny Four Cask Irish Whiskey is a very versatile and multi award winning Whiskey. It was created using four different cask types and two styles of whiskey. The Whiskey is a combination Port Pipe Malt, Town Branch Bourbon Barrel Malt, Sherry Butt Grain & Double Charred Barrel Grain.

Gold – Single Malt Super Premium

Pearse Genesis Release – 57.1% ABV

Pearse Lyons Genesis Release is the first Dublin Distilled Single Malt Whiskey to be produced on the Altar of St James. It is the culmination of the work of generations of the Lyons family in the Dublin Whiskey industry. Five generations of Coopers, before Dr. Pearse Lyons started distilling in Dublin in 2017 and with Dr. Mark Lyons now being the 7th Generation. This inaugural Release is a vatting of just four hand selected casks. This award follows the recent award for this whiskey as being awarded, Best New Irish Whiskey at the Irish Whiskey Awards.

Gold – New Make

Pearse Pot Still New Make

Pearse Pot Still New Make is a mixed mashbill of Malted and Unmalted Grains, Double Distilled. New Make showcases the true spirit and essence of the whiskey being produced at Pearse Lyons. Also, the fact it was made using their own grown grain from the Lyons family farm is a testament to the top quality of the product being grown there using Alltech’s Crop Science products. This highlights that the extra efforts put into having an excellent in-house supply of grain can be tasted in the final product.

For more information on these products or to purchase these awards winning Pearse Whiskey’s, check out our online store here.

Pearse Lyons Distillery is attempting to achieve a tremendous feat, and they need your help to do
so. Known for its intimate tours and tasting experiences with local storytellers, Pearse Lyons
Distillery is competing against 19 other European distilleries for the title of Europe’s Leading
Distillery Tour at the World Travel Awards 2023.

Located in the former 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. Pearse Lyons
Distillery invites you to join them for the ultimate Irish whiskey experience. Meet and chat with
the distillers while tasting a range of limited editions and distillery-exclusive whiskeys. The
distillery also offers the chance for you to blend and bottle your own whiskey while enjoying
seasonal local produce that complements Pearse Irish Whiskey.


Pearse Lyons Distillery offers a whiskey tour like no other. The distillery, being located at the
former St. James Church, provides an extensive archive that is interwoven with the history of its
founder, Pearse Lyons. 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 has been awarded numerous accolades, including the Trip Advisor
Travelers’ Choice Award in 2020, the Best Dublin Visitor Experience 2019 at the Irish Tourism
Industry Awards, and the most prestigious standard in the Bord Bia Origin Green program.


Pearse Lyons Distillery is up against 19 other distilleries throughout Europe, and they need your
help to claim the coveted title of Europe’s Leading Distillery Tour. To vote for Pearse Lyons
Distillery, please click here and register for an account in order to cast your vote. Select Europe’s Leading Distillery and choose Pearse Lyons Distillery. It’s that simple. Voting closes on Sunday, 20 August, 2023, with winners announced at the end of the month. Nominees are listed alphabetically within each award.

Pearse Lyons Distillery are delighted to be taking part in the Culture Date with Dublin 8 festival. The festival celebrates the cultural, historical, and architectural heritage of the area and encourages people who are living, working and visiting Dublin 8 to explore what is on their doorstep. 

On May 13 and 14, Pearse Lyons Distillery invites you to join us to explore the rich history and heritage surrounding the former St. James Church, and how it came to be Pearse Lyons Distillery. Discover the stories of the trades men and women who worked in this part of the Liberties and what was once known as “The Golden Triangle” of Irish Whiskey production.

With burial records dating back to the 11 Century, this engaging tour will bring you through 800 years of history. The tour will also focus on the restoration of the St. James Church by the Lyons family, before the craft distillery opened its doors to the public in late July 2017. People of all ages are welcome as this is a history tour so be sure to bring your family and friends. Tickets can be redeemed from April 19, on our website.

The Culture Date with Dublin 8 festival will see over 50+ free events, exhibitions, guided tours, workshops, performances, family activities and much more in all of your favourite Dublin 8 venues, museums, parks, breweries and cultural amenities. For more information, check out their website.

When it came to distilling, our founder, Pearse Lyons, was quite single-minded. He’d say, “Our whiskey is only going to be as good as the sum of its parts, so let’s start with the best ingredient

So, when other distillers began to implement cost-saving strategies and imported grain from every farther flung field, it came as no surprise that the team decided to do exact opposite.

In 2021, the distillery team began growing grain to be used in the making of the multi award winning Pearse Irish Whiskey. On 120 acres of Lyons Family land; only 25km from the distillery, the team planted and harvested spring crops of barley and oats, which is used to craft grain to glass Single Malt and Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. Our winter crops includes barley, wheat & rye.

As Dublin’s only family owned and privately held distillery, the goal is to have unparalleled inhouse quality control over every aspect of the whiskey making cycle, from start to finish. This gives our small batch whiskeys a significant advantage from the outset over competitors who have neither security of supply, or the guarantee of our consistent high quality organic grain.