CLIENT: Pearse Lyons Distillery – Alltech

LOCATION: St. James Street, Dublin 8

INDUSTRY: Distilling

PROJECT: Spectac International installation and automation of world class craft build of complete distillery solution


Spectac International won the contract to install a distillery in an historical former church and grounds. A boutique distillery installation that required the team to work within tight deadlines and diligently manage client agendas to meet such deadlines.

There were many unique challenges to overcome due to the historical significance of the church which is a registered national monument. Challenges included the historical infrastructure such as deep stone walls and restrictions associated with planning permission.

The installation of the complete solution posed particular difficulties as all of the equipment and products had to be ingressed through the front door of the church which was only 1.4 metres wide. For certain products such as the pot stills, which could not pass through the church entrance door, Spectac International had to devise a solution that enabled the products to be lifted through the roof of the church and put in situ. Spectac worked closely with the main contractors to install the pot stills in the church through a limited access route through the church roof.


Spectac International were the chosen partner for this particular project as a result of our ability to provide a full turnkey service as well as our proven track record in delivering bespoke distilling solutions across Ireland and the UK.

We worked very closely with the client on this project making sure it was as stream-lined as possible, liaising with sub-contractors and building contractors to ensure that a top quality and efficient distilling solution was installed with superior aesthetics, to showcase the distilling process in a confined space.

Our team of dedicated on-site engineers working on this project were specifically selected for their in-depth experience and proven track record for on-site installation and delivery of projects on time and within budgets.

The result was an aesthetically pleasing and unique craft boutique distillery.


We took the clients formally owned stills and totally automated them within the distillery. We integrated a small craft brewhouse so that the boutique distillery also has the functionality of a brewery.

All the process pipework was designed by Spectac International. Calculations and flow rates were developed by our design team and thereafter installed by our on-site team. The brewhouse was installed and commissioned by Spectac International to work alongside the distillery and have the capacity to operate at a level where the two could function dually. Our design team and mechanical engineers met on site on a weekly basis during the project. Our 3D designs helped our client see clearly how the distillery would look when completed. We tweaked all our designs to suit our client’s needs during our many meetings both on site and at our offices in Dundalk, so that the distilleries look and feel would not be compromised. We had to make sure that all our design changes would not conflict with the process of the distillery and so it was important to have our technical team at hand for calculations on same.


The project within our scope of works took approx. 6 months in total. Spectac International achieved all targets set out at the premise and this was a full turnkey solution achieved in this space of time.



Pearse Lyons Distillery

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