By bringing talent over the Hills of Moher and across the pond, O’Shaughnessy Distillery will soon open a site for world-class whiskey and the traditional Irish distilling process in the Twin Cities.
Although no exact date is proposed, the new distillery, based in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, is scheduled to open sometime in June 2021. The locally based co-owner cousins, Patrick and Michael O’Shaughnessy, wanted to create a space to pay homage to their Irish-American heritage.
The team acquired a preeminent figure in the worldwide whiskey industry, too: Master Distiller Brian Nation, who formerly worked with Jameson, along with other big brands, in Ireland. He joined the O’Shaughnessy team to mesh the Irish and American whiskey-making traditions and start something bold and new.
Nation says, “I have gained years of distilling experience since I started my career, but joining the O’Shaughnessy family to build this unique whiskey is the opportunity and adventure of a lifetime for me and my family.”
Get a preview of the distillery’s space by watching a fly-over video by Jay Christensen, a Minnesota-based aerial cinematographer:
O’Shaughnessy is located within the neighborhood development site called Malcolm Yards—a years-in-the-making endeavor to bring in a food hall (Malcolm Yards Market), mixed-income housing, and other amenities to the east Minneapolis neighborhood. The community is already home to Surly Brewing, which just announced a reopening for June 1.
“Our aim is to serve as a source of pride for the community, creating a home away from home while providing a warm welcome to one and all,” says Patrick Caulfield, marketing director at O’Shaughnessy. “We are excited to be part of this neighborhood’s transformation, to produce local jobs, and create a world-class distillery for whiskey fans around the world to enjoy.”