NewsGeneral news from Bertha’s byre and the Ginsmiths within.
Bertha is in Rwanda, with the charity Bóthar
Ballyvolane House Spirits Company have bought a heifer in calf, named her Bertha in honour of Bertha’s Revenge, their award-winning Irish milk gin, and sent her to rural Rwanda through Irish charity Bóthar to a family in need.
An in-calf Irish dairy heifer named Bertha recently made the 7,000 km journey from Roscrea to Rwanda, waved off fondly by her proud sponsors, Bertha’s Revenge producers Antony Jackson and Justin Green.
As part of a combined land and airlift, 20 Bóthar cows departed Roscrea Mart in Co. Tipperary to start their new lives in Rwanda, traveling to Rosslare and on to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, where they were loaded onto a cargo plane for their overnight flight to Kigali.
Both Antony and Justin are excited about the difference ‘Bertha 2.0’ would be making in the small village of Rwamagana, Eastern Rwanda. “From speaking to CEO Dave Moloney in Bóthar, we know that Bertha will change someone’s life,” said Antony Jackson. “We are delighted to be able to honour our gin’s namesake in this way. Bóthar has been sending cows for the past 27 years and we are thrilled that Bertha’s Revenge can play a part in making a difference to a family who really need our help.”
We are delighted to announce that Bertha’s Revenge Sloe Gin won Bronze at the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards last weekend in Dingle. Antony was in Dingle to receive the award and to enjoy the delightful sights, sounds and smells of Dingle. Thank you to all the judges, we are chuffed to bits.
We are delighted to share the good news that Bertha was a awarded a Star at the Great Taste Awards 2018 in London.
Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, The Great Taste Awards are widely regarded as the benchmark to recognise fine food and drink as it is the world’s largest blind-tasted food awards.
The launch of the Droimeann Cattle Society Herd Book was held at Ballyvolane House on Wednesday, 22nd August 2018. There was a terrific turnout to support this historic event. It is a monumental occasion as it is the first cattle breed to be recognised in Ireland since 1927. The society are doing really important work to help preserve one of the rarest of the Irish rare-breeds. There are between 200 and 300 Droimeann cattle surviving in Ireland today. RTE’s Ear to the Ground filmed the event which will be aired in November. Thank you to everyone for coming & supporting the launch.
Bertha’s Revenge Gin is named after the most famous Droimeann of them all - Big Bertha, the world’s oldest cow. Fittingly, our distillery is located in an old cow shed in the farm yard at Ballyvolane. Ballyvolane translates into gaelic as ‘the place of leaping heifers’.
Happy happy day!
As part of FEAST - EAST CORK FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL, we are delighted to be hosting a Bertha’s Revenge Gin Distillery Tour, Tasting and a long-table lunch at Ballyvolane House on Thursday, 6th September 2018.
Date: Thursday, 6th September 2018
Time: 12noon distillery tour. 1pm lunch.
We are chuffed to bits that Bertha’s Revenge Gin won a Silver Outstanding Award at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018 in London. The International Wine & Spirit Competition awards excellence to wines & spirits in over 90 countries, encouraging recognition for quality products since 1969.
Bertha’s Revenge Gin was the highest ranked Irish gin in the awards for 2018.
We are delighted and we would like to thank the judges and our small team here at the distillery. We are celebrating!
Justin is heading to ‘All Together Now’ at Curraghmore House on Sunday, 5th August and will be showing and sharing Bertha’s Revenge Gin Reviver tipples with the audience at the Grubb Circus curated by food writer and journalist, Joe McNamee. Fantastic line-up and looking forward to it enormously!
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We are delighted to share this wonderful blog by the Gastro Gays ‘Ballyvolane House - Ireland’s Best Guest House, Home of Bertha’s Revenge’. It is beautifully written and the house comes alive with their stunning pics too. Thank you so much gents. It was a pleasure having you here.
Listen back to this wonderful ChewTheFat podcast episode 3 by Patrick and Russell AKA The Gastro Gays. We chatted about our gin journey so far. Thanks gents for featuring Bertha.