Disclaimer: I feel like there needs to be a disclaimer saying that you shouldn't read this post unless you're 21 but that sounds sort of silly so, take it or leave it (it's not like I'm handing out drinks through the computer screen, ha). In reality, I don't even drink alchohol but a visit to this Distillery was on the itinerary so I decided to make the best of it and actually came away with a few good photos and a very nice unexpected lunch via the Distillery's quaint little restaurant.
The Kilbeggan Distillery is located in (totally had to look this up, by the way) Kilbeggan, County Westmeath (Ireland seems to have an unlimited amount of counties). The visit to the Distillery consisted of a guided tour (I admit, I hardly listened to what was being said but I did find a fascination with the guide's very Irish accent) in which she showed us where all the whiskey is made and of course it was damp and dark in the building but it gave it a nice-if not a tad bit eerie-feel, which only made it easier to imagine how life must've been back in the days when the distillery first opened (1757).
At the tour's end, a sample of whiskey was of course inevitable and it was also my very first taste of the alcoholic beverage (I only drank it to get the free shot glass- do you blame me?). Never again will Whiskey touch my lips. I almost died- well, my throat almost died. It burned, like, I can't even find the words to explain what a horrible feeling. My throat stayed irritated for the rest of the day.
The absolute best part of visiting the distillery was eating at the restaurant. It made the trip well worth it. I absolutely love how Irish eateries set up the tables and place so much emphasis on serving tea. It's just so comforting especially on drizzly days (which it so happened to be on this day). I ordered a super yummy ham and grilled cheese sandwich and a side of fries. It was probably one of the coziest and most satisfying meals I had on my trip.
If you like whiskey, definitely make a stop at the Kilbeggan Distillery. Or, if you're just in the area and want a bite to eat, also pay them a visit. Either way, you can't go wrong. Just make sure you actually like whiskey before you take a sip or don't say I didn't warn you...