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10 07, 2018

Ireland’s Best Gin & Tonic for 2018 has been revealed

The Irish Gin & Tonic Fest 2018 ran across the 32 counties of Ireland with a total of 132 venues taking part and 16 gin events throughout the country. The 2018 event featured 26 Irish gins that hail from every province in Ireland and are made with a huge variety of both farmed and wild Irish ingredients. This year’s festival ran from June 23rd - June 30th and the public was invited to vote for their favorite #IrishGnT on Twitter and Instagram or by posting on the Great Irish Beverages Facebook page. The winner of Ireland’s best gin and tonic for 2018 is Russell’s Saloon & Gin Emporium in Dundalk, Co Louth. Russell's Saloon Gin Emporium teamed up with local distillery Old Carrick Mill to create their winning ‘Carrick Fever G&T’, served with Old Carrick Mill Gin, a slice of pear [...]

28 06, 2018

Come and see us at Imbibe Live 2018

We're delighted to share we will be exhibiting at Imbibe Live 2018 next Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd July at the Olympia, London! Imbibe Live is the innovative and interactive annual exhibition for anyone who sources, buys or serves drinks in the licensed on-trade. We will be situated at stand B144 so if you are attending the show make sure to come over and meet the Irish Pubs Global Team! As part of our trip to London, we have also organised an Irish Pub Industry networking event, which is kindly being hosted by Waxy O'Connors on the evening of July 2nd. The Irish Pubs Global team from Dublin and our strategic partners Jobbio, Typsy and the Porterhouse will be in attendance. If you are interested in attending the event, please email averyl@irishpubsglobal.com.

28 06, 2018

Talking music with The Guinness Brothers

If you've ever traveled to the sunny Algarve, in the south of Portugal, you might have had a chance to see the bustling Live Music scene they've got going on, with thousands of bars catering to the whopping 22 million tourists who visit it annually. We caught up with The Guinness Brothers, Colm and Roddy, after one of their gigs in the Vilamoura Marina. They have both been playing different genres of music from a very young age, in various bands. Colm has been playing professionally from the age of 16, and Roddy from the age of 18. Music has taken this duo around the world, having played all over Europe, America and even Asia. Roddy tells us how the band got started, "Funny story, I met Colm when I was 17, after coming back from the Netherlands, while recording a video [...]

28 06, 2018

A Pub at the Heart of the Community

The Leopardstown Inn - winner of the Best Community Pub in Ireland in the 2017 Irish Pubs Global Awards - is a long-established part of the community in South Dublin, situated near the Leopardstown Racecourse. In 2015, the pub was acquired by the Loyola Group and underwent a fresh and modern refurbishment, showcasing a refreshing new look while also striving to maintain the family-friendly atmosphere that has welcomed locals and visitors alike for decades. Known to regulars as “The Lep”, the pub strives to maintain strong relationships with residents and organisations in the surrounding area, supporting local initiatives and running various charity events. The Lep Inn has a long history and association with the LauraLynn Childen’s Hospice, partering with the charity on three events annually; ‘Light up LauraLynn’ every November, when the Christmas lights are turned on, a Family Christmas [...]

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?