Portmagee Distilling and Brewing Company was founded in early 2017 by two brothers John and James Murphy who are from Portmagee, Co. Kerry. John and James Murphy have a site in Portmagee that used to be the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) Barracks until it was burned down during the Irish War of Independence. The building subsequently belonged to the Murphy family and has been passed down from generation to generation, it’s last use was as a cow shed. It presently is in a state of disrepair and we are in the process of getting planning permission to restore the building as part of the Portmagee Whiskey Experience.
international Whiskey related websites joined the team in mid-2017 and has brought his wealth of Whiskey knowledge and contacts to benefit the enterprise.
Combining their assets and efforts, the trio plan to develop Portmagee Distilling and Brewing Company Ltd. in a number of phases;
Phase 1: (2018)
Launch of Portmagee 9 Whiskey brand and development of market.
Phase 2: (2019)
Launch of Portmagee Non Age Statement Whiskey.
Phase 3: (2021)
Opening of first phase, Portmagee Whiskey Experience and Seine Boat Visitor Centre at Barrack Hill, Portmagee, Co. Kerry. Continuation of brand and development of market.
Phase 4: (2022)
Opening of Portmagee Distillery and visitor experience at Barrack Hill, Portmagee, Co. Kerry.
Phase 5: (2026)
Release of first batch of Portmagee Whiskey from grain sourced in the Kerry region.