Davy Macs in Waterford have launched an exclusive Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Garden to mark their national win for best Gin and Tonic in Ireland. The new garden, unveiled at an exclusive celebratory event, portrays Ireland’s favourite gin and the 12 individual botanicals from its recipe. It is a celebration of the collaboration between Davy Macs and Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, which is slow-distilled by hand with oriental botanicals and gunpowder tea. Davy Macs hit the headlines following last June’s national Gin and Tonic Fest when their Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin and tonic creation was voted the best in Ireland. Guests at the unveiling celebrations included legendary Waterford hurler Ken McGrath and Waterford Rose Chloe McGrath. A team from The Shed Distillery, including a gin mixologist and brand experts, travelled to Waterford to join the Davy Macs team in hosting an [...]
Mention the Mosse family name in Kilkenny, and you will quickly learn that they have been an integral part of the industrial heritage of Ireland’s South East for centuries. Here on the banks of the River Nore, the Mosse family have been milling stoneground Irish wholemeal flours in "The Little Mill" for over seven generations under the Kells Wholemeal brand. Over the years the Mosse family have perfected the art of following traditional craft while catering for the modern market. Producing a wide variety of innovative, traditional bread mixes has seen this Irish company continue to blossom in Ireland and today Kells Wholemeal supply over 300 bakeries at home and we are thrilled to bring the news that this Irish Pubs Global partner is now supplying Irish pubs around the world with their authentic Irish bread mixes. Robert Mosse, the current Managing Director [...]
Already popular in Berlin, New York and London, this summer light alcohol long drinks are set to take Ireland by storm. Sebastian Brack, the owner of the iconic Belsazar vermouth range travelled to Dublin last week to present a new wave of mixology focused on superior recipe and taste – and these drinks are three times lighter in alcohol than standard equivalents. Brack, the man who invented the revolutionary Thomas Henry tonic range in 2010, says the drinks brands he creates are led by the extensive variety of consumer tastes across the world. He went on to invent the Belsazar range of Vermouth in 2013. “People want to be able to enjoy a cocktail at a variety of times, for example on a Saturday afternoon – but also enjoy other leisure activities afterwards. These lighter drinks allow for that.” Belsazar [...]
The World Economic Forum has announced the results of its global Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017. The biennial report ranks Ireland at number three in the world, out of 136 countries, for ‘effectiveness of marketing and branding to attract tourists’. Ireland has moved from number five in the world, when the index was last compiled in 2015, to number three – ahead of countries including Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and France. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am really pleased to see that Ireland has moved up to third position in the world for tourism marketing and branding, out of 136 countries. The international tourism marketplace is an extremely competitive one and we are constantly looking at innovative and engaging ways to reach potential holidaymakers, to ensure the island of Ireland stands out [...]
The inaugural Best of the Best Pubs in Dublin Award 2017, as voted by Dublin’s publicans, has been won by Kehoe’s of South Anne Street. The award was presented to Kehoe’s owner Louis Fitzgerald at a gala event in the Mansion House to celebrate the bicentenary of the Licensed Vintners Association. The LVA, which claims to be the oldest trade association in the country, has been representing Dublin publicans since 1817. Peter’s Pub in Johnson Place, which is owned by Enda Keogh was the runner up. The Bank on College Green was the inaugural winner of the Best of the Best Pubs for Food award. The pub is owned by David Chawke. The runner up was The Old Spot, on Bath Avenue. These new Licensed Vintners Association awards are in memory of former publican Oliver Hughes, founder of the Porterhouse [...]
O’Hara’s Brewery has launched its first seasonal brew of 2017. ‘51st State’ is a New England style IPA with tropical flavours of grapefruit, passion fruit, apricot and peach. True to the New England IPA style, ‘51st State’ is unfiltered, and this slightly hazy brew delivers an intense citrus aroma while adding a well-balanced yet mild bitterness as a result of a carefully chosen hop blend. Malts are combined to deliver a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. O'Hara's 51st State IPA is available now in select bars, independent off-licences and retailers.
New to market, Guinness Irish Wheat was created by one of the Open Gate Brewery’s German brewers on a mission to create the best wheat beer outside her native home. Brewed with wheat completely grown in Ireland and fermented with Guinness yeast, this wheat beer has rich and vibrant gold colours bursting through a cloudy, unfiltered haze with subtle clove and spiciness. FOOD PAIRING: Light enough that it won’t overpower delicate dishes like salads, but the fuller mouthfeel allows it to stand up to heftier meat dishes as well. Recommend smoked Gouda, cured meats and spicy foods. APPEARANCE: Light golden with a typical wheat haze. AROMA: Cloves with a hint of banana and citrus. FLAVOUR: Clean, low-bitterness with a subtle clove and banana flavour and hint of zesty citrus. ABV: 5.3%, 8 X 500ml case, sold as individual 500ml bottles.
UCC Coffee UK & Ireland has launched Coffee Works: Measure. Train. Excel – a unique, fresh approach to coffee training to help customers consistently deliver exceptional coffee, regardless of scale. Through its Coffee Excellence Check, the programme is able to accurately measure performance across individual sites and entire estates, identifying areas for improvement. The output of the check then informs a tailored approach to practical, hands-on training – delivered through interactive courses, supporting materials like handbooks and videos, and continued site visits to ensure standards are consistently high and continuously improved. Gareth Davies, head of coffee excellence, UCC Coffee UK & Ireland comments: “In an increasingly competitive market, consistency is more important than ever. To achieve it, you need three things – good coffee, good machines and good baristas. Controlling and maintaining your coffee and machines is simple. Ensuring uniform [...]
The Irish bar trade were out in force for the launch of one of the most highly-anticipated brand collaborations in the industry last Wednesday evening 8th March. Alexander Hauck, the German founder of The Bitter Truth touched down in Dublin to team up with Ireland’s PJ Rigney, the founder of The Shed Distillery and the creator of the already iconic Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin. Both brands are represented in Ireland by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits. Leading mixologists and bar owners from Dublin’s top cocktail and bar venues arrived in Zozimus and The Exchequer to attend one of Hauck’s two exclusive Masterclasses. Hauck showcased the intricate science and creativity behind merging flavours, creativity and learnings from the past century to create the ‘Michelin Star’ menu of modern-day cocktails. Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin featuring oriental botanicals and Gunpowder tea was the star of the menu, the recipe [...]