Mayo based Master Cooper to display traditional Cooperage techniques at Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair

Posted in Connect on January 27, 2016.


Ever wondered how those wooden whiskey barrels are made? Well this year Nephin Distillery, Lahardane, are exhibitors at the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair, where their Master Cooper John Neilly will be showcasing how to craft whiskey casks by hand in the traditional, natural way.

John has been practicing the craft of cooperage for more than 45 years and is the last remaining master cooper in Ireland. He works with Nephin Distillery in Mayo to handcraft or repair casks in a real cooperage environment. He is currently trying to revive this lost tradition and carries out demonstrations to teach people about the history of casks, the art of coopering and the process of refurbishing and repairing barrels with interesting stories from all over the world.Nephin-Irish-Whiskey

“I was delighted to join the Nephin family as they were so committed to doing things to the quality standards and in the traditional fashion which I remember fondly.”

Situated between the Nephin Mountains and Lough Conn in Lahardane County Mayo, Nephin Distillery will distill Irish peated single malt whiskey, as well as flavoured vodka and gin.

The three-day event will host the best of Irish and International craft breweries and distilleries, from Friday February 5 to Sunday February 7. Ireland’s largest craft beer and craft cider festival will be taking place in the Convention Centre Dublin.

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