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20 06, 2018

Connected in Irish Spirit With Lough Ree Distillery

Lough Ree Distillery are offering the chance to win a Free Cask of Single Pot Still Whiskey to those who sign up for The Ambassador Programme. As you raise your glass, glistening shards of golden light pass through its amber beauty, transporting you to the banks of Lough Ree. It’s all connected: the pure water, the grain-ripening sun, the glass of whiskey – your whiskey, our whiskey, Lough Ree whiskey. Your whiskey, if you have joined The Lough Ree Distillery Ambassador Programme. As part of this select group, your personal cask sits ageing in the Lough Ree Distillery warehouse. It’s the start of a connection that will make you proud and humble: proud to be part of such a vibrant and forward-looking enterprise - humbled by the enormous heritage you’re holding for future generations. Better still, those who sign up [...]

14 06, 2018

Clonakilty Blackpudding joins Irish Pubs Global as a Corporate Member

We are delighted to have Clonakilty Blackpudding join us as a Corporate Irish Pubs Global Member for 2018. Clonakilty Blackpudding dates back to the 1880’s to Edward Twomey’s butcher shop in Clonakilty, West Cork. Made from a secret recipe that has been carefully handed down through the generations, it remains the same to this day and is known only to owner Colette Twomey. Clonakilty Whitepudding was first created in 1986 by the Twomey family to build on the tradition of their famous black pudding. This Irish delicacy has a firm texture with a spicy bite and is made with wholesome Irish ingredients. First produced in the 1980’s, Clonakilty Sausages are made with the same passion for quality, taste and tradition as the famous Clonakilty Blackpudding. In addition to the classic Clonakilty Ispíní Sausages, there is also [...]

14 06, 2018

Cork bartender wins the Southern Showdown 2018 cocktail contest

Shane Groarke of Cask bar in Cork has won the Southern Comfort Southern Showdown 2018 cocktail contest, after the competition final which put 11 of Ireland’s top bartenders through their paces. Shane will now go on to compete against Southern Showdown winners from the UK and Australia in July at the international final in New Orleans, birthplace of Southern Comfort. He will be joined on the trip, which coincides with the annual Tales of the Cocktail event, by second placed finalist Pat Thomas of Zozimus in Dublin. With the Southern Showdown now in its second year in Ireland, bartenders were challenged to recreate the spirit of their home town in a cocktail, just as Southern Comfort captures the spirit of New Orleans. Cocktails had to include the classic 35% ABV Southern Comfort Original, the newly launched 40% ABV Southern Comfort [...]

8 06, 2018

Irish gin exports up 433% in the first quarter of 2018

Irish gin producers will be celebrating this World Gin Day this Saturday 9th June, as new CSO figures reveal that the value of Irish gin exports grew by a whopping 433% in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the first quarter of 2017. In the first quarter of 2018, exports of Irish gin were valued at €935,000, compared to just €175,000 in the first quarter of 2017. The figures show that half of this value came from exports to the US, with a further quarter from exports to the UK. There were also shipments of Irish Gin to both Japan and Mexico in the first quarter of 2018, which are both increasingly important new markets for Irish spirits. Speaking ahead of World Gin Day this Saturday, William Lavelle, Head of the Irish Spirits Association said "The gin revolution, which [...]

8 06, 2018

Carte d’Or launches delicious dessert range for food service

Carte d’Or has launched an exciting new range of desserts for the Irish foodservice industry. The new range includes five powder mix options including Carte d’Or Chocolate Mousse, Carte d’Or Lemon Mousse, Carte d’Or Mango Mousse, Carte d’Or Panna Cotta, Carte d’Or Creme Brûlée / Crème Caramel, all of which will help expand your dessert menu options, without the workload. Carte D’Or was first founded in Paris in 1978, created exclusively for chefs, which is still the case today with this new innovative range. Keeping the needs of chefs at the forefront, these new products are versatile and great for piping, shaping, moulding and cutting. The desserts are easy to make and provide consistent quality every time, taking the risk out of scratch cooking.  Commenting on the launch of the new Carte d’Or dessert range, Audrey Crone, Executive Chef at [...]

31 05, 2018

Poll: Should bars trademark their cocktail creations?

30 05, 2018

The prize for Global Irish Pub of the Year 2018 has been revealed

We are excited to announce that this year’s Global Irish Pub of the Year will win a visit from Kilkenny Hurling legend DJ Carey! As part of the prize, DJ will spend two days with the winning pub and their community and will also host a training session for the pub’s local GAA club. The winners of the 2018 Irish Pubs Global Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on 9th October in The Galmont Hotel, Galway, as part of the Gathering 2018 event "Famous For Food". Online voting for the 2018 Irish Pubs Global Awards will close on 26th June. Nominate your favourite Irish pubs worldwide HERE. Vote Now  

29 05, 2018

The Trouble with Irish Whiskey – Part One

Thomas Holland of Food For Thought (FFT) Magazine examines the current state of the Irish whiskey industry. This article is part one of a three-part series which was published on FFT.ie in August 2017. ORIGINS OF IRISH DISTILLERIES In the 18th century there were over 1,200 legal distilleries in Ireland, and Irish whiskey was the most popular spirit in the world. Up until recently however, there were just two distilleries left, acting as a monopoly for 30 years or so whilst Irish Distillers owned both Bushmills and Midleton. According to the Bord Bia Exports Performance & Prospects Report 2016-17, Irish Whiskey enjoyed growth of 8% in 2016, with sales of €505m. This makes it the fastest growing spirit in the world and sales have grown by 300% over the last decade. They are predicted to double by 2020 and, by [...]

28 05, 2018

Origin Spirits Ireland launches Single Malt Gin

The producer of the award winning Kalak Vodka range, Origin Spirits Ireland Ltd, has now launched a single malt gin. Crafted from 100% Irish malted barley, ‘Ornabrak’ is four times copper pot distilled, then distilled for a fifth time with five carefully selected botanicals to create a complex and floral single malt gin. The name ‘Ornabrak’ is derived from the Gaelic ‘Eorna Braiche’ meaning Malted Barley. The new product was crafted following 36 distillation trials over 12 months, with input from some of the world’s best bartenders. Beginning the process with an initial palate of almost 30 botanicals, this was carefully narrowed down to just five - Juniper Berry, Douglas Fir Needles, Garden Angelica Root, Lemon Verbena Leaf and Lemon Peel - which were selected to best complement the complex and unusual Irish single malt base spirit. Ornabrak Single Malt Gin is one [...]

22 05, 2018

The best Irish pubs in the world to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Looking for a great pub to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup? Check out the best Irish pubs in the world for sport, as voted by the public. Each of the pubs listed here was shortlisted for Best Sports Experience in the 2017 Irish Pubs Global Awards, after receiving the highest number of nominations through our online voting campaign. Ireland Slatterys (Beggars Bush, Dublin) The Woolshed (Cork) The Mercantile (Dame St, Dublin) River Bar (Dublin) McGettigans (Letterkenny, Donegal) O’Connors (Tinahealy, Wicklow) The Bath (Sandymount, Dublin) The Storehouse (Lisdoonvarna, Clare) The Dail (Galway) Woolshed (Parnell St, Dublin) UK McSorleys (Edinburgh) 3 Sisters (Cowgate, Edinburgh) Malones (Glasgow) Dropkick Murphys (Edinburgh) O’Shea’s (Princess Street, Manchester) McCooleys (Concert St, Liverpool) Europe Scholars Lounge (Rome) O’Shea’s (Eindhoven) O’Caseys (Den Haag) Tir Na N’Og (Aarhus) Carrolls (Worms) Pat Murphys (Torremolinos) Barney Vallelys (Cologne) The Globe (Copenhagen) [...]