New Prospect Park distillery features Irish master distiller from Jameson

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Mar. 18—The Irish news just keeps coming — this time in the form of a new distillery.

O'Shaughnessy Distilling Co., which has hired a master distiller from Jameson in Ireland, will open this summer in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis (so just a stone's throw from the St. Paul border).

Brian Nation moved from the Emerald Isle to Minnesota to help cousins Michael and Patrick O'Shaughnessy launch the distillery. Nation's goal is to "to marry the best of Irish and American whiskey-making traditions," according to a news release.

Pip Hanson, formerly of Marvel Bar, will helm the bars, of which there are several, and there will be "a food service of sorts." Stay tuned for more on that.

The distillery released a drone video of the sprawling facility, and its giant copper stills, epic light fixtures and a cameo from Hanson have us very excited about what's to come.

If this sounds like it's right up your alley, too, you don't have to wait until this summer to get involved. The distillery has launched a members-only society called Keeper's Heart Cask Society, which will offer benefits to members, including the opportunity to purchase a "rare and remarkable whiskey" distilled by Nation, aged in a unique cask bearing the member's name. In addition, members will receive behind-the-scenes access at the distillery, personal meetings with Nation, and personalized tastings. This membership doesn't come cheap — the cost is $15,000.

For more information about the distillery, including the Keeper's Heart Cask Society, go to