Distillery Manager joins The Clydeside Distillery in Glasgow team

Following on from the recent installation of their copper stills, The Clydeside Distillery, Glasgow’s newest whisky distillery and visitor centre, have now appointed Alistair McDonald as Distillery Manager.

Published 26th Jun 2017
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Alistair brings with him over 30 years of whisky knowledge and expertise having previously worked for Beam Suntory as Distillery Manager at Auchentoshan.

At The Clydeside, Alistair will use his wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to oversee all aspects of whisky production, from raw materials to the creation of the new single malt whisky due to start production in September.

Originally from Islay, Alistair began his career as an Apprentice Distillery Engineer at Bowmore Distillery before moving to Auchentoshan where he spent almost 10 years.

A promotion followed in 1997 when he was appointed Distilleries Engineer to oversee operations at Auchentoshan, Bowmore and Glengarioch distilleries, and at the company’s headquarters at Springburn.

In 2011 Alistair became Distillery Manager at Auchentoshan where he was able to apply his passion and experience in the creation of an internationally-renowned whisky brand.

Clydeside Distillery

Alistair was previously distillery manager at Auchentoshan. Picture: Clydeside Distillery

The new £10.5m Clydeside Distillery will see the iconic Pumphouse between the Riverside Museum and SEC transformed complete with an interactive whisky experience and visitor centre with specialist whisky shop and café.

Speaking about his appointment, Alistair said: “This is an incredibly exciting and historic project to be part of. I have been in the whisky industry for over 30 years and to be joining The Clydeside Distillery from the beginning, creating our new make spirit, is very special and a dream come true.

“Over the next few months we will be growing and training our team at the distillery ready to open our doors in September.”

Tim Morrison, Chairman, Morrison Glasgow Distillers Ltd, said: “Alistair is joining us at a very exciting time as we prepare to open in September. We want to create a Lowland single malt of outstanding quality and character, with Alistair’s knowledge, experience and passion we know he can help us achieve this.”

The new distillery is owned by Morrison Glasgow Distillers Ltd and will create up to 25 jobs when it becomes fully operational.

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Andrew Morrison, commercial director, Morrison Glasgow Distillers Ltd, said: “The Clydeside Distillery will be a fitting tribute to Glasgow and Scotland’s influence on the whisky industry.

"Not only are we preserving the heritage of one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, we are transforming it into a contemporary, stylish distillery and visitor attraction which will tell the story of Glasgow’s historic links with whisky, the Queens Dock and the Pumphouse.

“We are delighted to have a Distillery Manager of Alistair’s caliber and experience onboard, ensuring that we can truly produce a great quality spirit.”

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