We had the pleasure of visiting Stillgarden Distillery, an independent distillery in the heart of Inchicore, Dublin 8 and had to share the details of the blissful day.
Bringing their spirit of prosocial disruption to the world through science, community and nature. Passionate makers of modern Irish spirits created expressly for the modern spirit drinker, everything they do is with purpose, allowing nature, science and a sense of curiosity to inspire great tasting spirits and unique experiences designed to make people feel that little bit closer.
Winners of the 2021 Irish Enterprise Awards for Best New Distillery and 2022 Travel & Hospitality Awards for Unique Experience of the Year in Dublin, the distillery is devoted to their community, sustainability and offering incredible experiences to visitors, including Distillery Tours, Gin Making, Botanical Afternoon Tea and Cocktail Masterclasses.
Upon first arrival, a complimentary drink was offered. There were weekly specials that you could choose from and a cute patio to gather on outside of the tasting room.
There’s nothing cooler than involving the community in your business! Stillgarden has one of the easiest community gardens to get involved in. When they first opened their distillery, this area towards the entrance of their street was a sort of ‘dump site’ that was part of commercial property. In the spirit of ‘ask forgiveness, not permission,’ they took it upon themselves to turn this dump into something truly incredible. By sharing grow kits with employees and early customers, they were able to have ingredients begin to grow as they were clearing out the area and with biodegradable pots, it was easy to transfer from grow kit to the garden. This is still where the distillery is able to get the majority of herbs that are capable of growing in Ireland. It’s truly awesome to hear head gardener, Connor, speak about the various uses of plants, as well as the benefits of having wildflowers in their gardens. You just have visit to hear all of the information for yourself on the tour!
One of the more visually catching sites when you walk in to the tasting room is their wall of botanicals. This wall houses jars of the various botanicals, spices and any other fun ingredients you could possibly think of adding into a gin or botanical liquor.