Ahascragh Distillery is making whiskey history in the West of Ireland. Our zero-emissions whiskey and gin distillery will be powered completely by renewable energy. We are now fundraising to complete a world-class visitor and hospitality experience. Our journey has already begun with three brands on the market and global demand for Irish whiskey set to double by 2030.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS :
- Irish Whiskey is the fastest growing premium spirit in the world
- Ahascragh Distillery is on track to produce some of the first zero-emissions spirits in Ireland
- Focusing on the Asian market with a Serviceable Obtainable Market of 17,000 cases by 2030
- Experienced and well-connected Founders and team with strong knowledge of the key markets
- 3 brands launched with 9 products on international markets
- A 2021 crowd fundraise exceeded target by 485%, securing phase 1 of Ahascragh Distillery
While living in Asia, we grew tired of being offered an “Irish Scotch” and spotted a gap in the market for premium Irish Whiskey. The fastest growing premium spirit in the world, growing by 140% in 10 years, Irish whiskey sales are set to double by 2030. As demand grows, we have renovated a historical mill into one of Ireland’s first zero-emissions whiskey and gin distilleries. Our goal is to sustainably produce premium Irish whiskey and gin with innovation and transparency. Our award-winning products continue to successfully compete on a world stage in a premium luxury market.
Why Invest in Irish Whiskey?
Worldwide sales of Irish whiskey have risen by more than 300% in the last 10 years. From living in China and Hong Kong, we’ve seen the opportunity first hand. Exports to Asia grew 362% from 2013 to 2019 and projections show an annual growth rate of at least 20%. 1 in every 2 bottles of whiskey sold globally by 2025 will be bought in India. Furthermore, over 6.1 million cases of super-premium priced Irish whiskey were sold in the United States in 2022.
Why Invest in Ahascragh Distillery?
A key differentiator is our drive to be zero-emissions. Our eco-distillery is powered with renewable energy – wind, solar and hydro, using high temperature heat pump technology and an energy efficient storage system. We are not burning any fossil fuels or gas to drive our distillation process. We will have no carbon emissions from the energy supply side of the distillery. We believe this is a first for the industry.
Ahascragh Distillers’ business plan delivers multiple income streams. Spirit, fresh make, casks, third party activities, merchandise and café sales are currently revenue generating. Visitor tours and events will add to sales income in the coming months.
- €1.5 million Founders investment; €1.8 million raised in seed round; €3.0 million raised in subsequent equity round
- Received Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland grant of €500,000
- 9 whiskey and gin SKUs launched in 12 countries as of 2022
- Multiple national and international awards in 2022 for gin and whiskeys
- Phase one of the distillery build is complete with commissioning and distillation in early 2023
- Local warehousing secured
- 5 out of 8 revenue streams activated. Additional streams will generate income when tours and events commence
Ahascragh Distillery has put together a well-connected and experienced team
Gareth McAllister (Founder)
A chemical engineer and certified distiller with over 30 years experience in the chemical and process industries. Most recently based in Hong Kong as President and Officer of a leading multinational, Gareth has achieved commercial successes in managing large scale manufacturing operations and businesses. Now, turning his passion for Irish whiskey into a family, global business.
Michelle McAllister (Founder)
A trained psychologist and the creator of Xin Gin, Michelle is an avid collector of gins from around the world with a goal to combine the flavours she’s experienced on her travels with Irish botanicals.
Karen White (Head of Sales and Marketing)
A multi-lingual commercial and marketing leader, Karen has extensive experience building and developing brands. For more than a decade, Karen worked with global drinks company, Pernod Ricard in various marketing and commercial roles. More recently, she set-up her own consulting business, providing expertise to small online businesses.
Cáit Baxter (Distillery Manager)
Cáit has been working in the industry since 2014. She has worked in nearly every facet of the industry; bars, tours, retail, sales, bottling & distilling. Her most recent role was Senior Distiller at Dingle Distillery, County Kerry.
Jim Mulqueen (Board Member)
An experienced Corporate Finance advisor, with 25 years' experience completing transactions and specialising in company acquisitions and disposals, debt and equity fundraising.
Dr. Jack O’Shea (Consulting Master Distiller)
An Irish whiskey veteran, Jack has worked with numerous distilleries and is a tutor at the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. Jack has a PhD and MSc in Brewing and Distilling, an MBA, a degree in Biochemistry, a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a Higher Diploma in Education. Jack is supporting the design and construction of the distillery
Seán Mahon (Sales)
A sales professional with experience working within the Services and Technology Sectors. Seán has vast experience dealing in contract negotiations for both Pan European and International Organisations with skills sales, customer relationship management and operations.
Alison Greene (Marketing and Communications Manager)
Born and bred in Ahascragh, Alison has worked in marketing and communications with extensive experience managing and executing national and international marketing and press campaigns.
An architecture firm specialising in the design of distilleries. Director Gareth Roberts is a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Designs include; Lindores Abbey Distillery, Ardnamurchan Distillery, NcNean Distillery
Following successful subsequent equity rounds, we wanted to welcome further investors to be Part of the Clan. Our Clan Investment 2023 is EIIS eligible with a minimum investment of 240 shares at €125 each (€30,000).
Investments in Clan Ordinary Shares will go towards the completion of our Visitor Events Building, with plans to open Summer 2024.
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