Last month we launched the Founders Cask Programme an opportunity to own a piece of whiskey history in the West of Ireland. Becoming a Founder Member by purchasing a cask, will contribute to realising the vision for the Ahascragh distillery.


Founder Members choose their own wood, spirit, and finish, ensuring complete control over their whiskey. They can be involved in the process as much or as little as they like. Annual samples of whiskey are sent on request, to help track and record the whiskey as it matures.

The programme includes advice, expertise and support through all steps of the journey. Members can choose from a stock of wooden casks or we can source a desired wood to mature or finish the spirit in. There is a choice of single malt, single pot still or a blend of both to a desired ratio. The cask is then stored for a minimum period of 5 years after production with the choice to mature for longer.


There are many benefits to becoming a Founder Member including unlimited free tours, discounts at The Old Mill Shop and Café, invites to special events and much more, but what makes this programme particularly special is the opportunity to become a Founder Member of the Ahascragh Distillery.

The Founders Cask Programme is not just about being part of the Ahascragh Irish Spirits Family, it’s about a new life, soul and legacy for an old mill and local community in County Galway. Member contributions will help realize the vision for the distillery, supporting the refurbishment of the old mill buildings, creation of the visitor and tourist facilities, installation of process equipment for sustainable production of whiskey and gin, establishment of a visitor experience, creation of lasting local employment and a cultural legacy for the community of East Galway.


Cask programmes have become very popular with families, groups of friends, clubs, organisations and companies in recent years. Whiskey helps us to celebrate the big occasions and mark the smaller ones; wedding anniversaries, birthdays, family gatherings, business milestones, class reunions, hellos, goodbyes and all the moments in-between.

Our mission is to help family and friends celebrate meaningful moments and occasions, strengthening new and old connections, and what better way to do that than with your own whiskey, made by you.

The Founders Cask Programme is a unique and smart investment opportunity. Irish whiskey has been the fastest growing premium spirit category in the world growing by 140% in the last ten years (2010 – 2020) and set to double by 2030. The development of further distilling capacity in Ireland is critical to ensuring future growth. The Programme is an easy way to benefit from the growth and global demand of Irish whiskey with the support from Ahascragh Irish Spirits throughout your journey.


The Founders Casks start from €7,000 for a standard first fill ex-bourbon barrel filled with Ahascragh spirit. There is also a payment plan available whereby you can spread the cost of your cask over 3 years.

Benefits include:

  • A copper Founders Membership card entitling you to free tours for life and a 10% discount on all purchases in The Old Mill Shop & Café
  • One free bottle per year of a new whiskey release from Ahascragh Distillers until your whiskey is ready.
  • An invitation to the annual Founders event.
  • Annual samples of your whiskey sent to you on request
  • A certificate of ownership with your particular cask number

The Founders Cask Programme is open through till the end of the first year of production expected to be mid 2023. If you would like to register your interest and learn more about owning a cask and becoming a Founder Member of the Ahascragh Distillery, you can email

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