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It’s a long, long road from there to here

Date: Thursday, 6 Oct 2016
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Rua - The Great Wagon Road Distilling

Owner of Great Wagon Road Distilling and native Co. Kildare man Ollie Mulligan hails from a long line of whiskey makers, some more infamous than others, but all with a passion for distilling small batch spirits.

Ollie’s family may have started making spirits in the kitchens and barns of Ireland, but times and technologies have changed. One thing that hasn’t changed is there are still no shortcuts when it comes to distilling great spirits. It takes premium ingredients, time-tested techniques, and an uncompromising dedication to the finished product. Even after all these years, the only way to make great spirits is the right way, and that’s what they do at Great Wagon Road.

They don’t take any shortcuts and stick to proven methods of established distillers that came long before us. That’s the reason their Single Malt is made from just 3 ingredients: 100% premium malted barley, water and yeast. Really. That’s it. They don’t even add any caramel coloring or filler.

In the Gaelic language, Whiskey is called “Uisce Beatha”. The literal translation means ‘Water of Life’. One taste of the Great Wagon Road’s hand-crafted spirits and you can tell that whiskey is certainly Ollie’s life!

March 2021 Update:

As St. Patrick’s Day 2021 quickly approaches, it is tempting to open our doors and try to recapture the magic of years past. It is a fleeting thought though as we realize that there is nothing more important than the health and well being of our customers and staff. So Rí Rá Irish Pub will remain closed for a bit longer as we continue to monitor the public health conditions.  Instead, we look forward to the St. Patrick’s Days of the future. The months of planning, the beer coolers bursting, that sea of green and being able to once again give the City of Charlotte “céad míle fáilte” (a hundred thousand welcomes).  We are excited for this time and we know, with your continued support, that it will come. 

We will be back in 2021 and will keep you updated as we get closer to reopening.

Please stay safe and well in the meantime.

The Rí Rá Team