Brian Nation – Head Distiller at the Jameson Distillery, Midleton


As if we haven’t already said it enough, but we’ll say it again! We are delighted to be participating in the Cork Whiskey Festival again this year and our line-up for the week does not disappoint!

The main attraction this year will be an in-pub Q&A session with none other than Mr Brian Nation. For those of you who may not be aware, Brian Nation is Head Distiller at the Jameson Distillery in Midleton, Cork.

“I didn’t set out to work in a distillery – it was almost by accident – but probably the best accident that ever happened to me.” – Brian Nation

Just as whiskey benefits from its chosen casks, Brian Nation was matured for 10 years under the tutelage of former Master Distiller, Barry Crockett. Despite the daunting task of filling his mentor’s shoes, Brian emerged as a highly regarded distiller in his own right. Brian joined Irish Distillers in 1997 after graduating with an engineering degree. He oversaw various projects in the environmental department, until 2002, when he began to work on some of Jameson’s most storied blends. In 2006, he became the first Irish Distiller to receive the Worshipful Company of Distillers award, for achieving the highest IBD exam results in the world. As Head Distiller, Brian is responsible for maintaining the quality of all new pot and grain distillates produced in Midleton. The monumental task of overseeing the production process from brewing to distillation comes with the fringe benefit of tasting the whiskey on a daily basis, to ensure the correct balance of flavours and unique pot still spiciness (

Brian has been instrumental in expanding the Midleton Distillery in recent years, always bringing fresh new ideas to the fore. He is a man grounded in tradition, and driven by a passion to ensure that the whiskeys of Midleton continue to be amongst the best in the world.

A gregarious character at the heart of the Jameson Distillery, Brian Nation’s enthusiasm for his job comes from meeting like-minded individuals who share his passion for the craft and skill that goes into creating an iconic range of whiskeys. For this reason, we are delighted to be able to facilitate you with an opportunity to speak with Brian at our one-hour Q&A to celebrate the Cork Whiskey Festival 2017.


Venue: Costigan’s Pub

Date: Wednesday 08th April 2017

Time: 7.30-8.30pm