Bringing the Old Girl Back to Life - The Bertha’s Revenge Story by Alison Daly for The Taste.
The craft industry has never been stronger and many large companies are jumping on the bandwagon with their versions of “artisanal” products. It can be difficult for new consumers to tell the difference between masquerading, mass produced drinks and authentic small batch products but the distinction has never been more important as the Irish market becomes increasingly discerning and demanding when it comes to small scale and local production.
One such operation is Ballyvolane Spirits in Cork where Antony Jackson and Justin Green create Bertha’s Revenge, the milk gin that is fast becoming a favourite among critics and consumers alike. Justin’s family own and operate Ballyvolane House as a luxury country guest house and it provides an assortment of activities for guests including fishing, glamping, manicured gardens and the adjacent farm. The family wanted to expand and diversify their operations further but had no interest in turning into a large soulless facility. Antony explains that their options were limited because of space, “they wanted to retain the features and keep it as a family home so they were looking at ways of adding to the business and keeping the fabric of Ballyvolane intact”.
Thanks Alison, bringing Bertha back in spirit!