NewsGeneral news from Bertha’s byre and the Ginsmiths within.
Irish whiskey has been on a tear over the past few years, with sales value increasing by 22 percent in the U.S. and 18.5 percent in all markets over the first half of 2017.
But gin is the fastest-growing spirits category in Ireland. There are now 30 Irish brands available, and global exports tripled in volume in 2016. The Irish Spirits Association expects these numbers to increase this year, which means there will be even more Irish gin available here in the U.S.
Bertha will be at the GIN EXPERIENCE DUBLIN on 6th & 7th April at Dublin Castle. Join us for gin masterclasses, sips and samples, food pairings from over 40 gin producers from around Ireland and across the globe.
We are delighted to announce dates for the ‘BERTHA SESSIONS’ live music and one-course supper event in the barn at Ballyvolane House with the next live gig taking place on Good Friday, 30th March 2018.
Local band ‘MORNING NIGHTCAP’ will perform live in the old stone barn located in the farmyard at Ballyvolane House. The doors open at 7.30pm. A Good Friday Fish Pie (special dietary requirements will be accommodated too) will be served at 8pm and the band will perform live after food.
Irish craft gin is set to go global this year as local brands seek to go head-to-head with the likes of Bombay Sapphire, Hendrick’s and Tanqueray.
A new forecast from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) suggests that, while last year marked a breakthrough for Irish gin makers, 2018 will see brands such as Bertha’s Revenge, Shortcross, Blackwater No 5, Dingle and Gunpowder really taking on the competition by growing sales significantly in the US, Canadian, British and German markets.
We are delighted to share this festive cocktail recipe created by Cliodhna Prendergast, photographer, chef and food writer for The Sunday Times Irish edition food column. Cheers Cliodhna!
Listen back to Newstalk FM ‘Down to Business’ with Bobby Kerry chatting to Justin, Ray of Wineport Lodge and Patricia of One Pery Square about Boutique Hotels and gin. Great fun, thanks for having us on the show.
Many thanks to Reena of The Lifestyle Enthusiast, A Luxury Food & Travel Blog for writing and curating this stunning blog about her recent stay and visit to Ballyvolane House and the distillery.
“When you discover a secret gem like this one, it takes everything to stop yourself from sharing it with the world. I’ve been putting off writing this post for days, for fear that all the world will book in and I won’t be able to go back to my new favourite short-haul getaway spot. That said, it would be a tragedy for you not to hear about Ballyvolane House, the Irish countryside retreat that you’re going to fall in love with.”
We are delighted to announce that Bertha is one of five contenders for the World’s Best Martini Challenge 2018 in London.
The five contenders will go up against the 2017 winner, Daffy’s Gin, and present their showcase martini recipe to a panel of independent judges at the London event on the evening of January 18th, 2018.
Whilst Bertha did not the title of ‘World’s Best Martini’, we are proud to have won the vote for the ‘People’s Choice” from the audience on the night.
Busy day at Cork City Hall on 4th November sharing Bertha love with the good people of Cork. The Cork and Kerry Food Market is a showcase of over 70 artisan producers from all over Cork & Kerry with tastings & demonstrations of an incredible variety!
Lovely quirky film of artisan food and drink producers from Cork & Kerry commissioned by Cork County Council for the Cork & Kerry Food Market. Bertha plays a starring role. Stunning film-making by @kachmarsky.
SLOE BERTHA - a warming tipple made by infusing wild sloes with Bertha’s Revenge Gin. The wild sloes are picked from the hedgerows around Ballyvolane and beyond when they ripen in the autumn. We then steep them in Bertha’s Revenge Gin for several months and add some sugar syrup at the end to sweeten.
A bit like a good dog, SLOE BERTHA is a welcome companion when taking to the great outdoors over the winter. A few sips of SLOE BERTHA will renew flagging enthusiasm when cold, wet and watching a match from the sidelines. Equally, it will serve to gird the loins when facing the final hill of the day. Away from the sporting field, SLOE BERTHA may be enjoyed as a digestif or as a key ingredient in our Hedgerow Martini.