Monthly Archives: November 2015

11 11, 2015

Family run farm to table Irish pub for Oak Park, Illinois

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, the pressure is on the Connolly family as they put the finishing touches to their pub in Oak Park, a town just west of Chicago. Irish influences.. "I guess we're trying to bring Ireland to Oak Park," Mike Connolly said. New owners; Mike and Natalie Connolly have only recently taken over the location - formerly occupied by a Chinese restaurant for the past 20 years. After several months of negotiating, securing a liquor license and a boost from crowdfunding; their name is over the door and they are filling the last available positions before the doors open. True to their Irish roots; they’ve designed and built the pub themselves, drawing inspiration from their contemporaries in Illinois and from visits to Ireland (where they’ve been several times, including their honeymoon). "We've actually impressed a couple of [...]

9 11, 2015

Bag in Box beers coming soon

Carbonate Solutions Ltd is delighted to introduce the first ever in-line carbonator/nitrogenator system designed exclusively for the dispense of Stout and “smooth flow” beers. This system replicates kegged product but brings with it all the benefits of bag in box, rather than bulky returnable pressurised vessels. Bag in Box brings the following advantages:-  • Shelf life of 6-9 months unopened. • Smaller 20 litres packages, reducing wastage (which can be linked up to 4 boxes on one line) • Less cellar storage required, compact rectangular package. • Once used, package can be flattened and sent for recycling. Systems also available for other drinks such as sparkling wine, cocktails and cider. For more information please contact: Carbonate Solutions:  0044 118 932 6911

3 11, 2015

Irish Whiskey Awards Winners 2015

Redbreast 21 Year-Old Whiskey has been named the Irish Whiskey of the Year at the Irish Whiskey Awards for the second year running. The whiskey, which is distilled in Midleton, Co Cork, was awarded the Glencairn Trophy at the ceremony, which took place in the Teeling Distillery, Newmarket, Dublin 8 on 15th October 2015. The label was also the trophy winner in the Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey category for the second year in a row. The Irish Whiskey Awards, which are in their third year, recognise the excellence and innovation from indigenous producers and distillers. The awards spanned a total of 20 categories, including two new categories for Irish Gin and Irish Vodka, which were won by Thin Gin and Dingle Vodka respectively. The Irish Single Malt Whiskey (12 Years & Younger) category was won by Connemara Single Malt [...]

3 11, 2015

Pub Spotlight: Temple Bar, Bolzano

Winner of The Most Authentic Irish Pub outside of Ireland, Temple Bar, located in the north Italian town of Bolzano, has remained true to its identity as a Genuine Irish Pub from the day it opened its doors. What is the history of the pub? Temple Bar started pulling its pints in October 2006 after completing the transformation of an old Tea and Hot Chocolate bar in the historical centre of the old town. Bolzano is a city where there are two languages spoken, German and Italian, so by opening a pub where we only spoke English it immediately appealed to all who appreciate the idea of a true intercultural/national bar. The goal when opening the bar was to remain true to our beliefs of what an Irish Pub should be, a Home from Home for all. Throughout the years [...]

3 11, 2015

Supplier Spotlight: GizaGig – Revolutionising the live entertainment experience

GizaGig is a revolutionary live entertainment booking and management system. Offered free to pubs and bars, it will allow you to book bands and entertainers instantly and in real time. It will also allow you to manage those bookings. Think of it as, Tripadvisor, and a marketing agency all rolled into one, but for live entertainment. Based in Navan, Co. Meath, GizaGig was born out of the frustrations experienced by founder Cathal Dolan. Working as both a booker for bars and a musician, he found the process of arranging bookings to be inefficient and outdated. Unlike reserving a flight or hotel room, that takes only a few minutes and a few clicks, arranging a band can take multiple phone calls and a lot of time. This process will be consigned to the past with the launch of GizaGig in [...]