I first discovered Listoke Distillery & Gin School while planning a road trip to see some of Ireland’s most stunning castles. Despite being tucked away among the country’s most narrow and winding roads, Listoke seemed more than worth the added detour.
Listoke Distillery came bursting onto the scene in 2016 with its slick branding, spicy orange flavors, and contemporary Gin School, a first in Ireland. Listoke is the brainchild of nurse turned distiller, Bronagh Conlon. Located on the outskirts of Drogheda, the distillery is just a mere 45 minutes north of Dublin, yet it still feels like a curious and hidden gem. Together with her family, Conlon has masterfully created a small-business brand with a larger-than-life outreach. This concept — which combines a distillery with classes on how to craft gin cocktails — intrigued me immediately, and I decided I needed to stop by for a tour.