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General news from Bertha’s byre and the Ginsmiths within.
  • Big Bertha - the world's oldest cow

    published by Justin Green in News

    Big Bertha | Illustration by Fiona Mansfield

    Bertha, or ‘Big Bertha’ as she was known, was a legendary Droimeann cow from Sneem in Co. Kerry. She was reared locally, and was bought as a calf by a farmer called Jerome O’Leary.

    When she died on New Year’s Eve 1993, just 3 months shy of her 49th birthday, she had become something of a local celebrity. Over the course of her long life she had given birth to 39 calves, and this achievement, together with her tremendous age, had earned her an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. This fame was harnessed productively by Mr. O’Leary; Bertha became a regular at local fairs, and lead the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Sneem where she was engaged in raising money for local cancer relief charities.

    BERTHA’S WAKE The reason that we know so much about Bertha is that a mutual friend of ours, writer and historian Turtle Bunbury, stumbled upon her wake which was held in the Blackwater Tavern between Sneem and Kenmare on the the night of the 31st December 1993. We have always loved the story which he later had published in the Guardian newspaper.

    When we were thinking of a name for our gin we wanted to find something that was eye-catching, distinctive and that dove-tailed with the pedigree of what are working with and what we have set out to achieve. The dairy farming heritage of Ballyvolane, our use of whey alcohol in the gin, and our shared love of the gorgeous and gentle characters that can be found only in Ireland led us back to Bertha. To immortalise her memory, we have brought her back in spirit, literally!!

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  • Christmas Market in Castlelyons, Sunday, 28th November

    published by Justin Green in Events, News

    A Taste of Christmas, Castlelyons, 28th November

    We are delighted to have a stall at “A Taste of Christmas” this coming Sunday, 28th November from 12noon to 4pm at Fr. Ferris Park in Castlelyons. Hope you can join us.

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  • Bertha Corporate Gifting this Xmas

    published by Justin Green in News

    Bertha's Revenge Gin Corporate Gifting this Xmas

    If you are looking for high quality, Irish-made gifts that are attractively wrapped using sustainable packaging, consider our Bertha’s Revenge Gin range of gift boxes. From gin gift boxes to branded mugs, glassware and aprons, we have a stunning variety of gifts to suit all budgets.

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  • Ginfluencers UK review Bertha's Revenge Gin

    published by Justin Green in News

    Ginfluencers UK review of Bertha's Revenge Gin

    Oscar and Scott AKA The Ginfluencers UK gave Bertha’s Revenge Gin a glowing review on their YouTube channel. Bertha brought smiles to their faces and we are delighted they enjoyed Bertha so much. The sampled Bertha neat and with tonic in a ‘B&T’.

    Thank you so much! Please come and see us if you are ever visiting Co. Cork

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  • We are Hiring!

    published by Justin Green in News

    Distillery Assistant Required Bertha's Revenge Gin

    We have a vacancy for a Distillery General Assistant at Ballyvolane House Spirits Company. Join our tiny team and help us make one of Ireland’s most loved gins. The position will be part-time (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and based in the distillery which is located in the farm yard at Ballyvolane House in Co. Cork. The job entails bottling, labelling, packing and cleaning and a good bit of heavy-lifting.

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  • Bertha's Revenge Navy Strength is a finalist at the Blas na hÉireann Awards 2021

    published by Justin Green in News, Awards

    Naval Bertha - Finalist - Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards 2021

    Chuffed to bits that Naval Bertha is a finalist in the Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards 2021.

    Now in it’s 14th year, Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. Products from every county on Ireland were entered into the 2020 competition to win Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in a broad range of food and drink categories as well as key awards such as Supreme Champion and Best Artisan Producer.

    The Blas na hÉireann Awards are a fantastic showcase of the best artisan produce from the island of Ireland.

    Fingers-crossed!

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  • Bertha Marmalade Short Film - the proof of the pudding is in the eating

    published by Justin Green in News

    Bertha Marmalade

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating. We are delighted to share this video clip by David McClelland of us thoroughly enjoying a slice of toast with a generous dollop of Bertha’s Revenge Gin marmalade. It is absolutely delicious and made by our friends at Crossogue Preserves. Total heaven!

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  • Ballyvolane House News Summer 2021

    published by Justin Green in News

    Ballyvolane House Newsletter Summer 2021

    Delighted to share all the goings-on at Ballyvolane House this summer.

    Staycation in splendid isolation in the house or in the cosy glamping bell tents and quirky arks in the gardens. Weddings are back! Ballyvolane House is also opening up the gardens and a pop-up cafe on selected dates during the summer. A warm welcome to Sarah English who has just joined the team as House Chef.

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  • IWSC Silver Award 2021 for Naval Bertha

    published by Justin Green in News, Awards

    IWSC Silver for Naval Bertha

    We are chuffed to bits that the latest addition to our little herd, Bertha’s Revenge Navy Strength Gin won a ‘Spirit Silver’ Award at the IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition) 2021 in London. The International Wine & Spirit Competition awards excellence to wines & spirits in over 90 countries, encouraging recognition for quality products since 1969.

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  • The World's Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards 2021 - Silver for Bertha's Revenge Small Batch Orange Marmalade

    published by Justin Green in News, Awards

    Silver for Bertha's Revenge Small Batch Orange Marmalade - The World's Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards 2021

    We are thrilled our Bertha’s Revenge Small Batch Orange Marmalade has won Silver in the Artisan section of The World’s Original Marmalade Awards 2021.

    The marmalade is made by our friend Veronica Molloy and her fab team at Crossogue Preserves.

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