When Brian McGinn, one of the producers of the award-winning Netflix series Chef’s Table, was visiting Ireland in search of new stories two weeks ago, Ballyvolane House was one of the places he visited. Co-incidentally, two days later, Bertha’s Revenge, the small batch Irish milk gin that is distilled at Ballyvolane House by owner Justin Green and his business partner Antony Jackson, was awarded a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the most influential in the industry. Irish craft gin is a global success. Also bagging gold medals at the competition were ShortCross Gin, which is distilled in Co Down, and Glendalough Gin from Co Wicklow, which produces four different gins each year to reflect the seasons. While there were only five craft gin distilleries in Ireland when Justin and Anthony launched Bertha’s Revenge in 2015, there are now approximately 30.