Monthly Archives: February 2016

23 02, 2016

Jameson St. Patrick’s Day Hub at Bow Street 17 March 2016

Coming together for the first time for a celebration of craft, culture and the people behind it, The Jameson St. Patrick’s Day Hub will descend on the Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield for a new and interactive market festival. The Jameson St. Patrick’s Day Hub plans to be a space where Jameson’s rich heritage and authentic traditions are combined with artisan food, live craft demonstrations and authentic Irish music acts, to give visitors a taste of true Irish spirit. The courtyard of the Old Jameson Distillery will be completely transformed for the market, which will feature a full schedule of activities throughout the day, including a live installation by street artist James Earley, whiskey demonstrations by Jameson Master Distiller Brian Nation and Master Cooper Ger Buckley, along with live performances by Hit Man Trio, Cry Monster Cry and other acts [...]

17 02, 2016

The Pub Operator’s St. Patrick’s Day Checklist

With St. Patrick's Day fast approaching, Donal Ballance has prepared this handy Pub Operator's St. Patrick's Day Checklist to help your planning process which covers all aspects of organising and preparing your pub for the upcoming festivities. You can print out a copy for your notice board and tick off the list as you go. Headings include marketing, layout and furniture, food/beverage service, employees, merchandise, security and entertainment. You can download the PDF version HERE to print and share with your team. Download The Pub Operator's St. Patrick's Day Checklist   Donal Ballance has been involved in the development of Irish Pubs throughout Europe and North America since 1993. He is a career restaurant operations specialist with a background that includes senior management roles with PepsiCo, Compass Group and Guinness. He became involved in the development of Irish Pubs [...]

17 02, 2016

Ireland set new Guinness World Record for largest beer tasting

The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair took place at the Convention Centre Dublin, from the 5th to the 7th February. Now in its 4th year, the festival attracted more than 10,000 visitors and officially became a world record breaker. The Guinness World Record for the world’s largest beer tasting was smashed on the opening evening, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Ireland now holds the record with 729 people simultaneously tasting three beers. The record was previously held by Mexico with 714 participants.   “Breaking a Guinness World Records title and sharing it with fellow craft beer lovers was the perfect way to kick off the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair this weekend,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech. “Not only were there 729 fans of craft beer in the room with me but they were from all over [...]

17 02, 2016

Pub Spotlight: Celtic Spirit Irish Pub Salzburg

You can now find a little bit of Ireland in Austria, Celtic Spirit Irish Pub Salzburg is an authentic Irish Pub specializing in Craft Beer & Whiskey.  Stephen Murphy & Peter O'Dwyer are the owners of this authentic modern style Irish Pub. The pub was completely built from scratch by the owners using authentic furniture and materials brought over from Ireland. People visiting the Celtic Spirit once stepping over the threshold can experience the true Celtic Spirit associated with the "cead mile failte" which the Irish are renowned for the world over. Celtic Spirit owners Steve & Peter along with their Irish staff look forward to welcoming both locals and tourists alike. As the Irish saying goes "There is no such thing as strangers, only friends who haven't met yet". Celtic Spirit Irish Pub Priesterhausgasse 22 Salzburg 5020 [...]

15 02, 2016

Tourism Ireland announces Global Greening lineup for St Patrick’s Day 2016

Tourism Ireland have announced that the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and Nelson’s Column in London will go green this year to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, as part of the organisation’s seventh annual Global Greening initiative. New ‘greenings’ for 2016 will include 7 World Trade Center at Ground Zero in New York, the famous Big Wheel on Place de la Concorde in Paris, Mole Antonelliana in Turin, the light rail system in Addis Ababa and City Hall in Tel Aviv. Also, the famous Boston Red Sox will wear green jerseys on St Patrick’s Day, for their spring training game in Florida. Tourism Ireland’s unique global campaign – which sees some of the world’s most famous attractions and sites going green to mark St Patrick’s Day – kicks off the organisation’s €21.5 million first half promotional drive to grow overseas [...]

15 02, 2016

Supplier Spotlight: St. Patrick’s Distillery

Our goal is to produce spirits of character, taste and personality. Most of the spirits we consume today are produced from grains, as they contain high levels of easily converted sugars. We have instead chosen potato as the alcohol base for our Vodka and Gins because of its unique natural sweetness, and its amazing versatility. As potato has just 20% available dry starch matter, this makes the process much more expensive, but more than compensates for the extra time and effort with its unique taste, aroma and smoother mouth-feel. Using small batch artisanal methods, we produce a 100% Potato Vodka and a variety of Potato Gins. The added bonus of a grain free distillation is that it's also naturally gluten free. For whiskey lovers and connoisseurs, we also offer St. Patrick's Distillery Oak Aged Irish Whiskey. Distilled, matured, blended and [...]

12 02, 2016

Robert A. Merry & Co completes €2.5m investment in its production and warehousing facilities and flagship brand Merrys Irish Cream Liqueur

Twenty one years after it was established in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, one of Ireland’s leading drinks manufacturers and exporters, Robert A. Merry & Co., is gearing up for the next phase of its international growth following a series of investments in its production and warehousing facilities and in its flagship brand, Merrys Irish Cream Liqueur. Robert A. Merry & Co. has invested €2.5 million in the last year in new warehousing, refurbishments and an additional bottling line which increases the company’s total hourly bottling capacity to 15,500 units. It provides bottling services for leading Irish whiskey and gin brands and also develops and supplies a range of award-winning products to leading global retailer groups such as Aldi, Walmart, Tesco, Duty Free America and Cost Plus World Market. First produced in 1994, Merrys Irish Cream Liqueurs are now exported to over [...]

5 02, 2016

Leading Dublin entertainment groups to merge

The Mercantile Group and the Capital Bars Group, two of Dublin’s leading hospitality venue operators, have agreed to merge their businesses creating one of the country’s largest hospitality groups. The enlarged group, which will be known as the Mercantile Group, will employ approximately 600 people and have revenues of approximately €40 million per annum. The merger is expected to complete imminently. Previously to the merger, the Mercantile Group was controlled by Frank Gleeson, who has been a leading operator of entertainment venues in Dublin for 20 years, while the Capital Bars Group was controlled by Danu Investment Partners, a Dublin based private investment firm led by Mark O’Meara, Leonard Ryan and Michael O’Rourke, and EMI-MR Investment LLC, a US based investor group. The enlarged Group will control 12 leading entertainment venues, Café en Seine, Marcel’s, East Side Tavern, The Mercantile Hotel, The George, Opium, The Green Hen, Pichet, Howl at the [...]

2 02, 2016

Pub Spotlight: The Jar

The Jar is a fresh, new owner-operated bar at the well-known address of 31 Wexford Street. Having opened just before Christmas, the venue has undergone a massive transformation. It reflects the charms of an old Irish pub yet welcomes the energetic atmosphere of its location. From cozy midweek pizza and pints to cocktail filled Fridays and Saturdays with their renowned DJ – The Jar is a great spot to visit any day of the week. The Jar is owner operated by The Loyola Group, the faces behind The Bath Pub, The Leopardstown Inn and The Old Spot, which was included in the 2015 Michelin Pub Guide. Within the venue the team is made up of friendly faces who all share a love for original drinks, delicious food and superb hospitality. The drinks selection is one to rival many! The menu [...]

2 02, 2016

Hospitality Expo 3rd and 4th February

There is a great deal for publicans at this year’s Hospitality Expo in the RDS on 3rd and 4th February. You can visit Irish Pubs Global and Drinks Industry Ireland Magazine at stand FV13. Apart from over 170 exhibitors showing all the latest ideas, products and equipment that can help you take advantage of the upturn in business that is gradually spreading throughout the country there is a Beverage Village that includes: Cocktail Competition Craft Beers Craft Distillers Craft Beer Master Classes Wine Academy The Irish drinks industry has gone through a dramatic transformation in the past decade with changes in consumer habits, the introduction of many new products, the success of Irish beers, spirits and liqueurs on the international market and increased range of wines from throughout the World now in demand in bars and restaurants through the country. [...]