Monthly Archives: July 2011

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31 07, 2011

South Carolina moonshine goes legal

Source: irishtimes.com (via Reuters) Two entrepreneurs are taking advantage of new micro-distillery laws in South Carolina to make and sell traditional moonshine whiskey legally for the first time in the southern state. The Dark Corner Distillery will open next month in Greenville, where engineer Joe Fenten (27) and longtime home beer brewer Richard Wenger will produce and sell small batches of 100-proof moonshine from a custom-made copper still. The distillery, housed in a 1925 building, will also include a tasting bar and a museum dedicated to the history of the Dark Corner, the local mountains that were once full of moonshiners, feud and mayhem, Fenten told Reuters. The area was settled, along with the nearby Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, by Scots, Irish and Welsh who migrated down through the Appalachian mountain chain from [...]

22 07, 2011

Bord Bia – Pathways for Growth

We believe that having more Irish products on your menu increases your pub's authenticity.  What Irish products have you got on your menu?  Have you visited Food Services Ireland yet as a way of sourcing these products?  Check out the following video from the Irish food board, Bord Bia and its initiative Pathways for Growth Pathways for Growth is a new strategic direction for the Irish agri-food sector, a historic transformation that must be supported by written plans and targets as well as industry enablers—small investments that have a big impact. Collectively, the implementation of the Pathways for Growth and Food Harvest 2020 reports provide a shared platform for action as Ireland turns its immense natural advantages into a sustainable high-value food and drink export industry.

19 07, 2011

GUINNESS® UNVEILS 2011 Arthur’s Day™ LINE-UP

GUINNESS® UNVEILS 2011 Arthur's Day™ LINE-UP FEATURING SCISSOR SISTERS AND STEREOPHONICS  Third annual global celebration honouring one of Ireland’s greatest men —and exports   DUBLIN, IRELAND (July 19th) — GUINNESS®, the world’s best selling stout, today unveiled plans for its third annual global Arthur's Day™. The date will be marked by a series of high-profile music events and celebrations in 40countries around the world to honour the remarkable life and legacy of Arthur Guinness—the legendary philanthropist and founder of GUINNESS®. It’s a unique celebration with substance that directly benefits the Arthur Guinness Fund™ which supports social entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Following the huge success of last year’s celebrations, a worldwide ‘toast to Arthur’ will start in Ireland at exactly 17:59 on Thursday 22nd September; honouring the date Arthur Guinness signed the lease on the St. James’ Gate Brewery [...]

19 07, 2011

GUINNESS® UNVEILS 2011 Arthur's Day™ LINE-UP

GUINNESS® UNVEILS 2011 Arthur's Day™ LINE-UP FEATURING SCISSOR SISTERS AND STEREOPHONICS  Third annual global celebration honouring one of Ireland’s greatest men —and exports   DUBLIN, IRELAND (July 19th) — GUINNESS®, the world’s best selling stout, today unveiled plans for its third annual global Arthur's Day™. The date will be marked by a series of high-profile music events and celebrations in 40countries around the world to honour the remarkable life and legacy of Arthur Guinness—the legendary philanthropist and founder of GUINNESS®. It’s a unique celebration with substance that directly benefits the Arthur Guinness Fund™ which supports social entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Following the huge success of last year’s celebrations, a worldwide ‘toast to Arthur’ will start in Ireland at exactly 17:59 on Thursday 22nd September; honouring the date Arthur Guinness signed the lease on the St. James’ Gate Brewery [...]

18 07, 2011

Limerick publican drinks to his success in Saskatchewan

Source: Lorraine Mallinder, The Irish Times WILD GEESE : Niall O’Hanlon, pub owner in  Saskatchewan, Canada NIALL O’HANLON was probably destined to be a publican. The Limerick native may have been born into a family of teetotallers, but he started working in pubs at the tender age of 16, later dropping out of university to dedicate himself to his calling. Now in his late 30s and living in Canada, O’Hanlon owns one of Saskatchewan’s most popular watering holes. The move to Canada stemmed from a chance meeting with an unsuspecting backpacker while O’Hanlon was managing a pub in Galway (instead of studying for his degree in accountancy). She had only come to Ireland on a two-day flying visit to apply for a UK visa, but ended up working for O’Hanlon for two years. The pair are now happily married. “She’s a [...]

13 07, 2011

Whiskey in high spirits (from Herald.ie)

Irish whiskey sales are soaring on world markets as Irish Distillers (IDL) are planning a multi-million Euro expansion of their operation. Jameson sales have now increased by 600pc-plus over the past 20 years -- and have increased by 50pc alone worldwide since 2006. The firm sold a total of three million cases of Jameson Whiskey last year with strong demand also reported across other brands including Powers and Paddy. The multi-million-euro expansion will double the existing whiskey production capacity of the Midleton plant.

10 07, 2011

VAT cut like Ireland would create hospitality jobs, says BBPA

From: http://www.bighospitality.co.uk The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is calling on the Government to follow a move in Ireland to drop VAT rates in the hospitality sector which it says would create jobs and aid recovery. Cutting VAT for the hospitality industry could give it a much needed boost says the BBPA Last Friday the Irish government cut the VAT rate from 13.5 per cent to 9 per cent for the restaurant sector to help it recover from the effects of the recession and boost economic recovery. Adrian Cummins, chief executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland welcomed the move, claiming it would make Ireland more competitive in business, attract more tourists to the country and help create more jobs. Odd one out BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds used the move to press for the same change in the UK. She said Ireland was the [...]