The oldest and largest distillery in Northern Ireland, Bushmills, has been approved to double its facility and output with a second distillery, set to open in 2022. Bushmills got the green light for the expansion as part of a $77 million investment plan by Mexico-based parent company Becle S.A.B. de C.V., also known as Cuervo. The new distillery will be built to the northwest of the existing site. Work will begin this year, and the project includes a new barrel store closer to the main street of the village, while a new chimney, cooling equipment, and boiler house will be hidden away behind warehousing.
As Old Bushmills Distillery is officially recognized as a building of special architectural or historic interest, the exterior of the new facility is expected to maintain a traditional appearance, blending the old with the new, in keeping with the character of the village. This expansion will allow the oldest distillery in Northern Ireland to continue and build upon its classic line-up of single malt and blended whiskey, as well as its expanded line up of exclusive and innovative whiskeys, like The Sexton brand and Red Bush.