Tour Crumlin Road Gaol, home of McConnell’s Irish Whisky

February 2, 2023

The team at McConnell’s Irish Whisky were kind enough to bring us behind the scenes at Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast to see the progress being made on the construction of their new distillery.

Belfast Distillery Company CEO John Kelly, Master Distiller Graeme Miller and Brand Manager Sarah Kennedy treated us to an in-depth tour of the iconic Victorian-era jail being turned into a state of the art distillery and we brought the cameras to document it all.
If you’d like to see what the inside of A-Wing looks like during construction, want to learn about the styles and quantity of spirits that will be produced in the first new distillery in Belfast in more than 90 years, then give the full tour a watch below and check out the renderings of what the finished distillery will look like when it opens in late 2023. 

Distillery Facts:

Whiskey Style Produced: Single Malt Irish Whisky 
Number of Stills: 3
Capacity: 500,000 LPA


Tour Crumlin Road Gaol, Future McConnell’s Irish Whisky Distillery


Renderings of the finished Distillery build-out

Distillery Reception


Distillery Board Room


Milling Room


Tasting Room


Blending Experience


Cocktail Experience




The distillery will become another significant addition to the ever-growing whiskey industry in Northern Ireland and mark a welcome return to distilling in Belfast after a 90 year absence. We can’t wait to visit once open.