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1770

Glasgow is a thriving centre for trade and the original Glasgow distillery is built at Dundashill.
Records show there are over 150 “licensed” distilleries in Scotland with many more Illicit ones.

1825

The Glasgow Distillery Company takes over the operation of the stills at Dundashill. For the rest of the century the distillery operates under a number of guises.

1899

With the Distillery being one of 161 operational distilleries in Scotland, a Column Still is installed to increase production and efficiency in the competitive marketplace.

1903

The recent expansion cannot however save the Distillery with the stills being removed and the business closing.

1933

A combination of the Great Depression, Prohibition and two World Wars leads to the decimation of Glasgow’s distilleries and Scotland’s operational distilleries drop to 15 in 1933 with only 2 producing malt whisky.

1946

Following the end of the Second World War the UK Government fires up the mothballed distilleries and uses Scotch Whisky to generate hard currency and the worlds love affair with Scotch begins in earnest.

1988

The Scotch Whisky Act is passed tightening up the definition of Scotch Whisky requiring it to be made and matured in Scotland to minimum specifications and Scotch Whisky being placed in the EEC “Nobel Spirits” category.

2003

Legislation in the US is relaxed and the Craft Distilling revolution begins with whisky and gin amongst other spirits at the forefront of innovation and consumer demand. The revolution soon starts to reach to other parts of the globe.

2011

The “Founding Partners” envisage an opportunity to build a brand new Craft Distillery in the heart of metropolitan Glasgow and produce quality Scotch Malt Whisky and Premium Gin in the spirit of the original pioneers on which this great merchant city was built.

2012

Working with Professor Michael Moss from Glasgow University, the story of the Glasgow Distillery Company and its connections with the original 1770 distillery at Dundashill are rediscovered in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library.

2013

The Glasgow Distillery Company is reborn with a new premises in the city.

2014

The first new distillery in the city of Glasgow for over 100 years, Glasgow Distillery launches our first new product, Makar Glasgow Gin – a premium gin made from the finest botanicals.

2014

The Scottish Craft Distillers Association is formed with The Glasgow Distillery Company as one of the founding members.

2014

The whisky stills are on their way and our first whisky will be laid down before the year ends marking the next step on our journey.

THE Dawn of a new

distilling era

in Glasgow

Founded in 2014 and drawing on the pioneering spirit of Scotland’s first licensed distillers, The Glasgow Distillery Company takes its name from one of Glasgow’s original distilleries. Founded at Dundashill in 1770, the distillery was known, for a time, as The Glasgow Distillery Company and remained active until the beginning of the 20th Century.

Glasgow was once home to hundreds of distilleries until the Depression and Prohibition led to their closure. As the first Single Malt Whisky Distillery in Glasgow in 110 years, The Glasgow Distillery Company, is re-establishing the metropolitan Scotch Malt Whisky tradition alongside the great whisky regions and bringing Glasgow Malt Whisky back to life.

Since establishing the distillery we have invested in the best distilling equipment, sourced the finest ingredients, the finest casks and assembled a team of innovative distillers to deliver a wide variety of handcrafted spirts. Using traditional methods we have developed a strong portfolio of award winning premium brands and the first casks of our new make spirit are already maturing under the watchful eye of our dedicated team. The distilling ‘magic’ takes place under the careful eye of Master Distiller, Dr Jack Mayo in special copper stills christened “Annie”, “Mhairi” and “Tara” after family members of the three founders.

 we have invested in the best distilling equipment, sourced the finest ingredients, the finest casks and assembled a team of innovative distillers

A founding member of The Scottish Craft Distillers Association, founders Liam Hughes, Mike Hayward and Ian McDougall, hope that the establishment of the first Glasgow Distillery in over 100 years heralds the start of a whole new age of distilling in Glasgow…

The Award Winnning

MAKAR GIN

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Urban Craft

G52 VODKA

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Speyside Single Malt

PROMETHEUS

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Our Story

ABOUT THE DISTILLERY

WATCH THE VIDEO

1770

Glasgow is a thriving centre for trade and the original Glasgow distillery is built at Dundashill.
Records show there are over 150 “licensed” distilleries in Scotland with many more Illicit ones.

1825

The Glasgow Distillery Company takes over the operation of the stills at Dundashill. For the rest of the century the distillery operates under a number of guises.

1899

With the Distillery being one of 161 operational distilleries in Scotland, a Column Still is installed to increase production and efficiency in the competitive marketplace.

1903

The recent expansion cannot however save the Distillery with the stills being removed and the business closing.

1933

A combination of the Great Depression, Prohibition and two World Wars leads to the decimation of Glasgow’s distilleries and Scotland’s operational distilleries drop to 15 in 1933 with only 2 producing malt whisky.

1946

Following the end of the Second World War the UK Government fires up the mothballed distilleries and uses Scotch Whisky to generate hard currency and the worlds love affair with Scotch begins in earnest.

1988

The Scotch Whisky Act is passed tightening up the definition of Scotch Whisky requiring it to be made and matured in Scotland to minimum specifications and Scotch Whisky being placed in the EEC “Nobel Spirits” category.

2003

Legislation in the US is relaxed and the Craft Distilling revolution begins with whisky and gin amongst other spirits at the forefront of innovation and consumer demand. The revolution soon starts to reach to other parts of the globe.

2011

The “Founding Partners” envisage an opportunity to build a brand new Craft Distillery in the heart of metropolitan Glasgow and produce quality Scotch Malt Whisky and Premium Gin in the spirit of the original pioneers on which this great merchant city was built.

2012

Working with Professor Michael Moss from Glasgow University, the story of the Glasgow Distillery Company and its connections with the original 1770 distillery at Dundashill are rediscovered in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library.

2013

The Glasgow Distillery Company is reborn with a new premises in the city.

2014

The first new distillery in the city of Glasgow for over 100 years, Glasgow Distillery launches our first new product, Makar Glasgow Gin – a premium gin made from the finest botanicals.

2014

The Scottish Craft Distillers Association is formed with The Glasgow Distillery Company as one of the founding members.

2014

The whisky stills are on their way and our first whisky will be laid down before the year ends marking the next step on our journey.

THE Dawn of a new
distilling era in
Glasgow

Founded in 2014 and drawing on the pioneering spirit of Scotland’s first licensed distillers, The Glasgow Distillery Company takes its name from one of Glasgow’s original distilleries. Founded at Dundashill in 1770, the distillery was known, for a time, as The Glasgow Distillery Company and remained active until the beginning of the 20th Century.

Glasgow was once home to hundreds of distilleries until the Depression and Prohibition led to their closure. As the first Single Malt Whisky Distillery in Glasgow in 110 years, The Glasgow Distillery Company, is re-establishing the metropolitan Scotch Malt Whisky tradition alongside the great whisky regions and bringing Glasgow Malt Whisky back to life.

Since establishing the distillery we have invested in the best distilling equipment, sourced the finest ingredients, the finest casks and assembled a team of innovative distillers to deliver a wide variety of handcrafted spirts. Using traditional methods we have developed a strong portfolio of award winning premium brands and the first casks of our new make spirit are already maturing under the watchful eye of our dedicated team. The distilling ‘magic’ takes place under the careful eye of Master Distiller, Dr Jack Mayo in special copper stills christened “Annie”, “Mhairi” and “Tara” after family members of the three founders.

 we have invested in the best distilling equipment, sourced the finest ingredients, the finest casks and assembled a team of innovative distillers

A founding member of The Scottish Craft Distillers Association, founders Liam Hughes, Mike Hayward and Ian McDougall, hope that the establishment of the first Glasgow Distillery in over 100 years heralds the start of a whole new age of distilling in Glasgow…

The Award Winnning

MAKAR GIN

FIND OUT MORE
Urban Craft

G52 VODKA

FIND OUT MORE
Speyside Single Malt

PROMETHEUS

FIND OUT MORE
Join the

1770 club

FIND OUT MORE