Halewood International opens Aber Falls Distillery

09-01-2017 By Emily Stockden

According to The Post, Halewood International wants to build the first whiskey distillery in North Wales for more than 100 years and the first major distillery since Frongoch near Bala, which was closed in 1900.

It is seeking planning permission and hopes operations will begin in 2018. James Wright, managing director of Aber Falls Distillery, said: "We're still in the early stages but it's an exciting project that we feel has great potential as there are very few distilleries in Wales."

The Liverpool-based company has already held talks with Gwynedd council and tourism officials, with a further meeting due to take place next week.

Aber Falls Distillery will be built at the 6 000 square metre Aber Depot in Abergwyngregyn, creating jobs and breathing new life into the building that had been standing derelict since 2013 during which time it fell into substantial disrepair. The site will also be home to a gin distillery following the trend in the area as 3 gin distilleries have been set up over the past year in Gwynedd and Conwy. Aside from craft Ginger Beer and Red Square Vodka, Halewood have 2 whiskies in their portfolio: West Cork Malt Irish Whiskey and The Pogues Irish Whiskey. It will be interesting to taste their craft Welsh whiskey, and Halewood International will be converting the existing warehouse to a distillery. Storage for casks and finished products and two grain silos and a small cooling unit will also be built.

Halewood International have every intention of putting the Aber Falls Distiller on the map and will not only be opening a visitor's centre but also offering training courses in the age-old craft of spirit distillation.

Said Wraight, “We have already refurbished the roof to prevent any further deterioration of the property; this entailed replacing a large area of damaged and missing slates with recovered Welsh Slate of the same size and colour. The national and international presence of the products created at the site will help to put the local area on map.”

The picturesque Aber Falls