Lord Henry Mountcharles and his son Alex in the Slane Castle whiskey tasting room at Slane Castle. The whiskey company has been given a $50 million invesment. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

When Jim Beam pulled the plug on the Slane Castle whiskey brand, you’d have got long odds on Henry Mountcharles and his son Alex securing major intern(...)

Bill Murray enjoys Suntory time in the film Lost in Translation

Like most surprises, it turns out the Suntory bid for US bourbon giant Beam to create a global heavyweight was not that much of a shock after all.Sunt(...)

The Jim Beam visitors’ center at its central distillery in Clermont, US. Beam is to be acquired by Japan’s Suntory Holdings Ltd. for approximately $16 billion. Photograph: AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner

Beam, one of the biggest names in US whiskey and parent of Cooley Distillery, is to be acquired by Suntory Holdings in a deal valued at $16 billion(...)

In Lost in Translation, Bill Murray played an aging American movie star who came to Japan to film an advertisement for Suntory.

Suntory Holdings, the closely held Japanese whiskey and beer maker, said it will buy Beam for $16 billion (€11.7bn) to gain brands such as Maker’s (...)

An artist’s impression of the new distillery and visitor’s centre.

The Mount Charles family is committing some €2.75 million of its own funds to a new €12-million craft whiskey distillery and visitor centre at Slane C(...)