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21 11, 2017

Number of craft breweries in Ireland has grown more than 500% in 5 years

A new report from Bord Bia has revealed that Irish Craft Beer is performing well across all fronts, from the number of production facilities to production output, market share and exports. According to the report, both consumption market share, and production market share have each increased by more than 500%. In 2012, the craft beer category recorded consumption market share of just 0.6%, in 2017 that figure reached 3.0% while in terms of production, craft beer rose from 0.4% in 2012 to 2.3% in 2016. The number of craft breweries in Ireland has grown by more than 500% in the last 5 years, with 72 now in operation, up from just 15 in 2012. Employment in these facilities exceeded 500 for the first time ever, increasing employment in local and rural communities. Output from these breweries has grown from 37,000HL [...]

17 11, 2017

Irish Distillers launch new Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest edition

Irish Distillers has unveiled the next chapter in its Virgin Irish Oak Collection of Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys; Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest edition. This new edition has been finished in barrels made from Irish oak grown in the Bluebell Forest of Castle Blunden Estate in County Kilkenny. Dair Ghaelach, which is Gaelic for ‘Irish oak’, is the result of an eight-year exploration by the expert production team at the Midleton Distillery, County Cork, into using native oak to mature Irish whiskey and follows the previous release of Midleton Dair Ghaelach Grinsell’s Wood in February 2015. The Irish Distillers team of Kevin O’Gorman, Head of Maturation, and Billy Leighton, Head Blender, in collaboration with expert forestry consultant, Paddy Purser, chose Bluebell Forest on Castle Blunden Estate to provide the oak for the second edition in the Midleton Dair Ghaelach [...]

16 11, 2017

Teeling Whiskey takeover at The Universal Bar + Kitchen in Galway

The Universal Bar + Kitchen in Galway is plugging into Ireland’s buoyant cocktail event circuit by hosting a takeover party in association with Teeling Whiskey on Thursday the 23rd of November. An exclusive cocktail list will be available on the night designed by Teeling Global Brand Ambassador Kevin Hurley, featuring twists on classics. Kevin has worked in and managed a number of cocktail lounges in Dublin including The Liquor Rooms and will guest shift behind the bar at The Universal for the event. Conor Lynam of The Universal Bar + Kitchen said, “Teeling is a small Irish craft distiller and we're a craft cocktail bar so there's a naturally good match. Kevin is a wonderful whiskey connoisseur and mixologist who has a natural sense of pairing whiskey with seasonal and exciting elements. We're looking forward to welcoming Kevin and trying [...]

15 11, 2017

Blackwater Distillery and Barry’s Tea team up for new Irish gin

Barry’s Tea has joined up with Blackwater Distillery to introduce the limited edition Blackwater Barry’s Tea Irish Gin to the Irish market. The exciting combination of the family-owned tea business, which has been a mainstay of Irish homes for over 100 years, and the Waterford-based gin distillery, sees a limited number of bottles of the new product being available from November. The new gin, which uses Barry’s Tea Classic Blend, Sicilian lemons, sweet Spanish oranges, juniper berries and cinnamon, was created by the micro distillery based on the banks of the Blackwater River. Blackwater Distillery is known for producing everything by hand, and creating the Blackwater No.5 Gin, which recently won gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London. Barry’s Tea Master Blender, Denis Daly, said “This is an exciting and once off opportunity for all of us [...]

15 11, 2017

IWA Hosts Irish Whiskey Mentoring Workshop

Staff from 15 Irish whiskey distilleries recently took part in a mentoring workshop in Irish Distillers’ Midleton Distillery, part of the Irish Whiskey Association’s (IWA) programme to help startup distillers across the country. The IWA mentoring programme involves established global Irish whiskey players, such as Irish Distillers and Bushmills, offering support to new market entrants. The workshop in Midleton, which took place on November 14th, focused on cooperage and maturation, and aimed to provide those present with the opportunity to learn fisthand from some of the most experienced and longstanding skilled craftsmen in the industry. Elements of the workshop included sessions on wood purchasing, cooperage skills, cask handling, and the core principles of maturation and blending. Irish Distillers, part of the larger Pernod Ricard conglomerate, is Ireland's largest supplier of spirits and wines and counts Jameson, Powers, Redbreast and Midleton [...]

13 11, 2017

Bord Bia releases 2017 Irish Foodservice Channel Insights Report

Bord Bia recently released the findings of its 2017 Irish Foodservice Channel Insights Report. The report shows that Ireland’s foodservice market continues to grow and is now valued at a record €7.8 billion, comprising over 33,000 individual outlets. The foodservice market includes all food consumed out of home incorporating restaurants, pubs, hotels, coffee shops, workplace catering, hospitals, education and vending. The report, which also tracks consumer behaviour and sentiment when eating away from home, highlights that take away, or grab-and-go concepts, are one of the key drivers of foodservice growth and that healthier foods are trending and influencing menu ideation. The report shows 35% of consumer spend is found in Limited Service Restaurants, incorporating quick-service restaurants, fast-casual dining and food-to-go, with 12% attributed to Full Service Restaurants. Consumer spending in pubs, excluding alcohol, accounts for 17% of the market value [...]

10 11, 2017

Zozimus Bar Dublin

Zozimus bar is named in honour of Michael Moran (aka Zozimus), the blind balladeer and poet who in the early 19th century entertained his public in the streets of Dublin. He began each oration with the verse:  Ye sons and daughters of Erin, Gather round poor Zozimus, yer friend; Listen boys, until yez hear My charming song so dear. William butler Yeats wrote of Michael Moran “Nor despite his blindness did he find any difficulty in getting a wife, but rather was able to pick and choose, for he was just that mixture of ragamuffin and of genius which is dear to the heart of woman”. Zozimus bar aims to bring the stories and tales into contempary Ireland through the experience they provide in every taste of their cocktails and food served. The Zozimus bar menu features an expansive collection [...]

9 11, 2017

Gluten Free Stout Draught Drought is Over

9 White Deer Brewery in Ballyvourney, Co Cork have developed a stout which breaks new ground in brewing technology. Stag Stout which was launched last week in Cronins Pub Crosshaven is a stout that tastes like yesteryear but happens to be gluten free. The ingredients used are very traditional with local barley, malted barley and oats, all the gluten has been denatured and removed but you wouldn’t know, it pours with a thick creamy long lasting head and tastes as smooth as silk. If you’re lucky enough to have experienced what stouts were like in Ireland twenty or thirty years ago Stag Stout will bring those memories flooding back. 9 White Deer were the first in Ireland to develop gluten free beer a few years ago and just earlier this year were the first in Europe to offer a substantial [...]

1 11, 2017

America’s number 1 cocktail bar comes to 1661 in Dublin

Dublin popup bar, Bar 1661 is Ireland’s first Poitín bar. Now entering it's third week, Bar 1661 is continuing to push the boundaries and change perceptions of what is now being viewed as a bright future for Irish Poitín. Not satisfied with holding the world’s largest collection of Poitín, they are now attracting talent from the world’s top bars. Joining Bar 1661 for the next four weeks is famed Irish bartender, Alan McGillivray. Fresh from his stint in opening Blacktail, NYC, the worlds “Best New Cocktail Bar”, (awarded at both Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans and World’s 50 Best Bars, London 2017) Alan has elevated himself amongst the elite of Irelands best bartenders. Sister bar to Dead Rabbit, NYC, where Alan underwent a six-month training program, Black Tail has raised the bar for all new cocktail bars opening west [...]

31 10, 2017

Irish Spirits Exports up 6.1% as Production Flourishes

A newly released report from the Irish Spirits Association (ISA) has shown that the number of licensed spirits producers in Ireland has doubled between 2014 and 2016, while the value of spirits exports increased by 6.1% in 2016. The report, the first ever industry and market report on Irish spirits, identifies a key trend in recent years of the remarkable resurgence of gin.  Gin is the fastest growing spirits category among Irish consumers, growing by 31.6% in 2016. The ISA recently established an Irish gin working group to provide a voice for this rapidly growing sector. Domestically, vodka remains Ireland’s most popular spirits drink, however sales have fallen by a quarter in the past decade.  Overall, spirits consumption has fallen by 19.2% since 2006. Overall, the value of exports increased by 29% between 2011 and 2016, up from €624m to [...]