Laphroaig Names Barry MacAffer as New Distillery Manager


March 2, 2022

Laphroaig Single Malt announced the appointment of its new Distillery Manager, Barry MacAffer. After a career at the distillery that’s spanned a decade, MacAffer will move into his new role immediately after most recently serving as Acting Distillery Manager. 

Since joining the distillery, MacAffer has been named a “true guardian” of Laphroaig, as he previously honed his skills within the operation and production side of the whisky making process. He joined the distillery team in 2011, initially taking up a role covering the malt floors and the warehousing of the distillery, before becoming Assistant Manager in 2016 and then Acting Distillery Manager in late 2021. He worked closely with former Distillery Manager John Campbell, who worked at the distillery for over 25 years until late 2021. 

Over his tenure at the distillery, he has been an integral part of the Laphroaig family, according to a news release from the distillery, which added that MacAffer “consistently works to develop and improve the standards and systems within the distillery. He also ensures the highest quality production of Laphroaig. Most importantly, MacAffer is dedicated to supporting his team, as he believes in creating an inclusive environment in which all Laphroaig employees can contribute and thrive.”

Laphroaig’s whisky-making tradition has been passed down by distillery managers since its beginnings in 1815. Laphroaig’s own trailblazers and past distillery managers, Ian Hunter, Bessie Williamson and John Campbell, have each left their special mark on Laphroaig.

“Barry MacAffer was the stand-out candidate to become Laphroaig’s Distillery Manager and is uniquely suited to carry forward the legacy of Laphroaig and continue to build the future for our skilled and passionate distillery team,” Francois Bazini, Managing Director, House of Scotch, Gin & Irish Brands, Beam Suntory, said in the release. “An Islay native, Barry has worked at the distillery for over a decade and spent the last five years working closely with his predecessor giving him a deep knowledge of our history, operations, partners and local community. We’re proud to have an Ileach in charge and are confident in the future of our iconic whisky.”