Monthly Archives: October 2015

29 10, 2015

The Burren announced as the winner of Foodie Towns 2015

The Restaurants Association of Ireland have announced that the winner of Foodie Towns 2015 is The Burren. After a rigorous few weeks of applications, town visits and near to 9,000 online votes, The Burren have beaten the competition and proved themselves to be an excellent leader as a foodie destination. From bustling farmers markets to innovative strategies for growth and development, they set the benchmark for food tourism in Ireland. "It was so encouraging to see the high standard of applications for this year's Foodie Towns competition – to reach the Top 10 alone was a real achievement for each of these destinations, given the competitive calibre. But what made The Burren stand out as exemplary was the comprehensiveness of their food offering from field – or in their case, fertile rock – through to fork. Food-loving tourists to The [...]

23 10, 2015

Walsh Whiskey Distillery Inspires Top Irish Bartenders To Take ‘The Irishman Whiskey Barrel Aged Cocktail Challenge’

A selection of top whiskey bars in Dublin have been set the challenge to come up with inventive and exciting barrel aged cocktails using The Irishman premium whiskey range. There will be 10 cocktails in 10 barrels by 10 bartenders making for an exciting competition and sees The Irishman whiskey brand continuing to innovate in the expanding whiskey market. The worldwide resurgence in whiskey is driven, to a large extent, by the drinks suitability to mixing. As Irish whiskey is triple distilled, making it smoother to the palate, it lends itself to the art of ‘mixology’ - as cocktail-making is known. Barrel-aged cocktails are a recent trend in mixology featuring pre-mixed drinks aged in barrels for several weeks. The lengthy process allows the flavour and smoothness of each beverage to mellow for a unique taste. The cocktails will be aged [...]

16 10, 2015

New state-of-the-art Distillery, Craft Brewery and Visitor Centre to open in Drogheda in 2016

The Boann Distillery and Visitor Centre, a state-of -the-art distillery soon to open in the heart of the Boyne Valley, will create over 80 new jobs as part of its ambitious plans to become one of Ireland’s leading independent distilleries and craft brewery initiatives. The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland. Opening in 2016, the stunning €20m Drogheda based facility will include a whiskey distillery, craft brewery and taproom, an architecturally designed visitor centre which will host distillery and brewery tours, a 120 seater restaurant, whiskey bar, private event space, and a gift shop. With plans to produce craft whiskey, gin and an innovative range of craft beers for the domestic and export market, craft beer production is nearing commencement in the 50,000sq ft building located in the lush Boyne Valley countryside. The Boann whiskey [...]

14 10, 2015

Supplier Spotlight: Irish Pub Company

For over 35 years the Irish Pub Company and McNally Design have been passionately creating culturally and commercially successful Irish Pubs around the world. The team is led by Mel McNally in Ireland, Darren Fagan in the USA and Simon McNally in the Middle East. The Irish Pub Company create Irish Pubs and Food and Beverage solutions that are based on sound business principles; working with each client to understand their objectives and their expectations and then translating this into a successful business, on time and on budget. As the Official Partner of the Guinness Irish Pub Concept and the original creators and innovators of the concept, the team have been thought leaders and design leaders for this concept from day one and continue to fine tune and evolve it to meet the ever demanding and changing needs of the customer [...]

14 10, 2015

Pub Spotlight: Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub in Savannah, Georgia

Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub opened its doors at midnight on Friday, October 31st 1980 and has since become one of Savannah Georgia’s favorite traditions! Vic Power, who hails originally from New York and is a second generation Irishman, grew up listening to the history of Ireland from his father and grandfather who were both from Waterford, Ireland.  Mr. Power became a restaurateur who wanted to share his love of Irish history and music by opening up a “little Irish joint” where “good Irish music” could be heard 7 nights a week.     Mr. Power had a simple vision: Providing locals and visiting guests from around the world excellent customer service, fine spirits, and quality food in a traditional Irish pub setting with an inviting Old World charm.   Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub honors our military members past and present while [...]

13 10, 2015

Bia Mara opens in Antwerp

Urban Seafood Kitchen - to open location no.3 From a stall at Dublin’s Market, to Brussels via London and now Antwerp; the last few years have been a rollercoaster ride for Dublin natives Barry Wallace and Simon Whiteside. Their success with Bia Mara is testament to their hard work and belief in their brilliant product: An urban seafood kitchen where a wide range of fish is available - over 50 combinations on offer. All of which are complimented with a broad range of Belgian beers. If that’s not enough, their fine selection of homemade ice-cream will be available soon. This week, they open their third venue in the Belgian city of Antwerp, following up on their success in London and Brussels. A far cry from the hustle and bustle of humble beginnings at the Dublin market where it all began [...]

12 10, 2015

Meet the second edition from O’Hara’s Hop Adventure Series

O’Hara’s® Brewery has launched the second edition from the Hop Adventure Series, a single hop IPA featuring the Galaxy Hop. The Hop Adventure Series has been developed to showcase the most interesting hops from around the world, with Australia as the next stop. The hop: Galaxy is one of the most internationally recognised Australian flavour hops; bred in the mid-1990s from Australian high alpha hops and European cultivar male hops. It is bursting with fruitiness, and in particular imparts a unique passion fruit flavour to the IPA, along with citrus and peach. The brewing process:  The head brewer reduced the amount of speciality malt typically used in a standard India Pale Ale as the Galaxy hops take the driving seat in this beer, and display their full aroma and flavor. The style is a single hop India Pale Ale, meaning exclusively the Galaxy [...]

7 10, 2015

Irish Bar for sale

Munster Bar in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France, is for sale. Munster Bar opened in December 2006 and has established itself as one of Chamonix’s favourite bars. The go to bar for Rugby, especially the 6 Nations and currently the World Cup. Plus Premiership and European soccer, and of course the GAA. There is a busy programme of live music in winter.  It currently operates during the busy winter ski season and for 3 months in the Summer. It is the only Irish bar in the area, the nearest others are 100km away in Geneva. The bar is fully equipped and ready to go, decked out in dark wood. The floor space is 72m2, with a further 12m2 for storage of kegs etc. Both the walls and the Fonds du Commerce (business) are for sale. Going on the market solely because the owner needs [...]

6 10, 2015

150 jobs to be created by Rye River Brewing in new craft brewery and visitor centre

150 new jobs are to be based in a new state of the art craft brewery and visitor centre created by beer and cider business The Rye River Brewing Company in Celbridge, Co Kildare, in what will be the biggest independent brewery in Ireland. The new jobs will be created over three years and along with the investment of €4m into the new plant and visitor centre will be worth an extra €12.5m to the local economy. The new positions will be spread across manufacturing, customer service, brewing, export, general operatives and management whilst up to 100 jobs will be generated in the construction of the new brewery plant and visitor centre which is hoped to open in late Spring 2016, subject to planning. The Rye River Brewing Company was established in 2013 by Niall Phelan, Alan Wolfe and Tom [...]

2 10, 2015

Tullamore D.E.W. celebrates the one-year anniversary of the Tullamore Distillery

William Grant & Sons Ltd., the independent, family-owned distiller and owner of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, celebrates one year since the laying down of 22,392 casks, which are quietly maturing, at its state-of-the-art whiskey distillery in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. These production capabilities are set to double in 2016 with the addition of six new fermenters and two new pot stills over the coming months. From the 16-18 September, the one-year anniversary was celebrated in True Character style, with international journalists treated to pub & culture tours, a visit around the Distillery, and even lessons in hurling and fly fishing. The Irish press joined them on the night of Thursday 17th September for the main event of the celebrations, with cocktails by master mixologist Darren Geraghty followed by an innovative dinner by Harry and Cúan from Dublin Pop Up, rounded off by entertainment by Irish artists Colm Mac Athloaich, Johnny Donnelly and Robbie Harris. The [...]