Monthly Archives: January 2017

31 01, 2017

Diageo to launch new premium Blended Irish Whiskey

Diageo has announced today it is to launch a new premium Blended Irish Whiskey, Roe & Co. The company’s move into the premium Irish Whiskey category comes as it announced plans for investment in a whiskey distillery in the once Power Station at St. James’s Gate. The total project investment comes to €25 million over three years. As seen in other spirit categories in recent years, Diageo identified a clear opportunity in Irish Whiskey to drive overall category growth via premiumisation. Responding to this, Roe & Co was born. The brand has been created to reflect modern, contemporary luxury, in everything from pack to liquid, and with a focus of making Irish Whiskey more prominent in Europe’s booming cocktail culture. It is made from the finest hand-selected stocks of Irish malt and grain whiskies and aged in bourbon casks. Roe [...]

30 01, 2017

Customer card payments now a short-term alternative funding solution for pub finance

Merchant payment services is fast becoming a hot topic in the Irish pubs sector. Consumers are very quickly switching from using cash to card on even low-value purchases. Figures from the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) confirm that Irish people now spend more on their debit cards than they withdraw in cash from an ATM. According to recent figures, in 2015 consumers in Ireland made debit card payments averaging €7,442 per head compared with €5,388 per head in cash withdrawals from ATMs. Card and mobile payments are widely expected to continue to increase across all sectors. This has had a significant impact on the pub sector. Many pubs are now reporting that card payments account for 40% and even as high as 60% of their total receipts. Adding to this trend is the massive uptake in consumers using the [...]

26 01, 2017

O’Hara’s launches the 4th edition in their ‘Hop Adventure Series’

O’Hara’s Brewery has launched ‘Styrian Wolf’ single hop IPA, the fourth beer in their ‘Hop Adventure Series’ developed to showcase the most interesting hops from around the world, featuring Slovenia as the most recent stop. Styrian Wolf is a hop that has been developed by the Slovenian Institute for Hop Research and Brewing, and released last year. It has notes of raspberries, blueberries, tropical fruits and citrus, and complex aromas of mango, elderflower and even a hint of violet. O'Hara's Hop Adventure Series 'Styrian Wolf’ will be available in select bars, independent off-licences and retailers. For more information, see

24 01, 2017

Irish Distillers plans €10.5m investment at Midleton Distillery

Irish Distillers has announced plans for a €10.5 million investment at Midleton Distillery in Cork, which will see the company increase its single pot still Irish whiskey production capacity by over 30%. Three new copper pot stills will be installed at Midleton Distillery, ensuring that Irish Distillers continues to lead the global Irish whiskey renaissance and supporting the Irish Whiskey Association’s target of global growth of 300% by 2030. 60 jobs will be supported during the construction phase. Since 2012, Irish Distillers has invested €120 million in the Midleton Distillery, €20 million at its Fox and Geese bottling facility in Dublin and is currently investing €100 million at its Dungourney maturation site. In August 2016, the company also announced an €11 million redevelopment project at the Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield. Commenting on the latest investment, Jean-Christophe Coutures, Chairman and [...]

17 01, 2017

First distillery in Donegal for 175 years gets the go-ahead

The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed planning permission for a new distillery on the slopes of the Sliabh Liag in Donegal. It will be first distillery in the county in 175 years.  Sliabh Liag has already launched its first expression, a blended Irish Whiskey named The Silkie, the first of four spirit brands planned, all of which are inspired by local folklore and are in keeping with the Donegal Gaeltacht Tradition. In 2013, there were just 4 distilleries in operation in Ireland. Currently, there are 16 distilleries already in production and a further 13 in planning in 18 counties across the country. Commenting on the announcement Carleen Madigan, of the Irish Whiskey Association said, “It's fantastic news that Sliabh Liag have secured permission to build their new distillery. This is yet another example of the Irish whiskey success story which will [...]

9 01, 2017

The Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Cup Competition Is Now Open For Entries

Craft breweries from all over the world are being encouraged to enter their brews into the 5th annual Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Cup competition. The contest allows craft brewers to showcase their brews and have them rated, tasted and analysed by an expert, international panel of judges. The winners will be announced on the first day of the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair on Thursday 23rd February 2017. The competition is overseen by Head Judge, Dr. Gearóid Cahill, a Brewmaster with more than 20 years’ experience and a panel of 28 judges including Joan Dineen, former production manager for Heineken Ireland and Gerry McGovern, Irish correspondent for the IBD’s Brewer & Distiller magazine and former brewer at Guinness. Entrants to the Dublin Craft Beer and Cider Cup competitions are critiqued based on appearance, aroma, flavour, body, style and quality. The judges [...]

4 01, 2017

25% growth in super-premium alcohol sales over the Christmas period

Super-premium wines and spirits have shown an unprecedented rise in sales over the 2016 Christmas period. Dalcassian Wines & Spirits, one of Ireland’s largest drinks distributors, have reported a 25% rise in the sale of super premium brands but indicate the wider alcohol market remains static. The company distributes over 100 wine and spirits brands to restaurants, bars and the off-trade in Ireland. They recorded a 20% increase in total turnover over the Christmas period, which Managing Director John Dillon says is down to the growth in premium and above wine and spirit products. Gin, and in particular premium gin, was the clear winner this Christmas. The emergence of a wave of new high-end, small-batch craft gins from Irish distilleries and the increased availability of premium international gin brands has been instrumental to the rapid growth of the category over [...]