O’Shaughnessy Distilling Company’s shiny new facility in Prospect Park centers around a flagship whiskey made by a world-renowned master distiller. In addition to tastings, tours, and neat pours, the star spirit also makes appearances across a bar bites menu full of across-the-pond favorites.
Irish-American co-founders and cousins Patrick and Michael O’Shaughnessy debuted their 30,000-square-foot dream distillery on Thursday, August 19, with half reserved for whiskey production across three copper pot stills. The balance of the brick-lined space includes three bars dressed with handsome leather furniture and ornate light fixtures, plus an outdoor spirits garden and rooftop terrace (600 Malcolm Avenue SE).
The nucleus of the fledgling operation is its newly released Keeper’s Heart Whiskey, a unique blend of Irish grain and single pot still whiskeys and American rye. Irish whiskey legend and master distiller Brian Nation, formerly at the helm of mega brands like Jameson and Midleton, calls his Keeper’s Heart creation his “biggest passion project” to date. Nation collaborated with High West Distillery founder David Perkins on the whiskey, which is available in Minnesota to start before entering additional U.S. markets later this year.
The flagship product spills over into the food menu, worked into a glaze for steak tips and as a sauce slathered around local grass-fed beef meatballs. Drinking snacks also include croquetas, burrata, housemade potato chips, bacon wrapped dates with Roquefort cheese, Deviled eggs, and flourless chocolate cake.
The spirit is served on-site neat, on the rocks, or in classics like an Old Fashioned or Manhattan and signature cocktails from beverage director Pip Hanson. The distillery also offer daily tours and tastings.
O’Shaughnessy joins Surly Brewing and the new Malcolm Yards food hall at Prospect Park, adding to the recent renaissance of the historically industrial neighborhood.