Glasgow’s Clydeside Distillery opens to public
The Clydeside Distillery in Glasgow has officially opened today, marking the return of the distilling industry to the banks of the River Clyde for the first time in more than a century.
The distillery received planning approval in 2014 and changed its name from Glasgow Distillery and Visitors’ Centre to The Clydeside Distillery last year.
The projected has been spearheaded by Tim Morrison, formerly of Morrison Bowmore Distillers and current proprietor of the AD Rattray Scotch Whisky Company and chairman of Morrison Glasgow Distillers, owner of Clydeside.
Clydeside is based inside the converted Pump House building that sits on the site formerly known as The Queen’s Dock – which was built by Morrison’s great-grandfather and was once one of Glasgow’s most famous shipping ports.
“Glasgow has an affinity with Scotch whisky unlike any other city in the world with The Queen’s Dock previously witnessing the exports of whisky with ships sailing past the Pump House destined for all continents of the world,” said Tim Morrison
“Of course for me and my family there is a very personal link knowing that my great grandfather built The Queen’s Dock where The Clydeside Distillery now sits. We’re looking forward to the future and seeing whisky produced in the heart of Glasgow once again.”
Clydeside will produce a Lowland single malt using two copper stills crafted by Forsyths of Moray. Around 25 jobs have been created at the distillery, which will be managed by Alistair McDonald, previously distillery manager for Auchentoshan.
Hypostyle Architects designed the building, which is said to “capture both old and new elements of its Clydeside location”.
Andrew Morrison, Tim Morrison’s son and commercial director for Clydeside, added: “Today marks the culmination of a long-standing vision to put Glasgow back on the Scotch whisky map.
“We are passionate about using traditional methods to produce our whisky, albeit with a bit of modern technology. We’re combining this with the skills of our distillers to ensure we stay true to the techniques employed for hundreds of years.”
The Clydeside Distillery also features a visitor centre with an interactive whisky experience, tasting room, shop and café. It can host private events such as wedding receptions and private functions.