NewsGeneral news from Bertha’s byre and the Ginsmiths within.
Grub Circus 2022 at All Together Now, Curraghmore Estate, Co. Waterford
All Together Now 2022 kicks off this weekend from 29th to 31st July at Curraghmore Estate in Co. Waterford. Justin is delighted to be sharing Bertha love at Grub Circus at 6pm on Sunday, 31st July. Promises to be a fun session!
'Bertha's Resurrection' by Turtle Bunbury
Author, podcaster, broadcaster, historian and our dear friend Turtle Bunbury stumbled upon Big Bertha’s wake on New Year’s Eve in 1993. This kind of thing happens to Turtle all the time which makes him almost as remarkable as Bertha! Without Turtle, we would not have discovered Bertha and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude for bringing Bertha to our attention. Turtle recently published a wonderful article entitled “Bertha’s Resurrection” for his website turtlebunbury.com.
Home from Home Travel Auction in aid of Ukraine
Last chance to bid or donate to this worthy cause. Auction ends at 7pm on Sunday, 1st May.
Home for Home is a travel auction, offering participants the chance to stay in some of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive homes, with all proceeds directly benefiting much needed aid relief efforts in the Ukraine. The brainchild of of our dear friend Josephine Ryan, author, interiors expert and stylist, the collection comprises 30 properties located across the globe, many of which are not typically available to rent. Homes listed include Neuendorf House, a design-led Mallorcan villa created by world renowned architects John Pawson and Claudio Silvestrin and Thyme, the much loved 31 bedroom bolthole found in the heart of the Cotswolds.
With opening bids starting from £500, the auction provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience some of the world’s most spellbinding properties. Josephine is hoping to raise £50,000; all proceeds will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which allows the added benefit of a pound for pound donations match, courtesy of the UK Government.
Irish Times 'Ballyvolane House finds a use for its Crab Apples - Gin' by John Wilson
Huge thanks to the wonderful John Wilson for the fab review of Bertha’s Revenge Crab Apple Gin Liqueur in the Irish Times Magazine.
“This is a delicious drink, not too sweet and full of spicy apple flavours.”
Introducing Bertha in a can
Introducing Bertha in a can. We are delighted to launch two Bertha ready to drink offerings: the Bertha & Tonic and the Bertha Summer Cup. Attractively packaged, convenient and rather tasty. Great for picnics, parties and festivals … and of course just to have in the fridge at home for a quick thirst quencher. The Bertha & Tonic has a lovely citrus flavour with a nice hit of gin, while the Summer Cup is the perfect refreshing summer punch to enjoy on a sunny day! They’ll be in shops soon. Watch this space for details.
Double Gold for Bertha's Revenge Gin - San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) 2022
Bertha’s Revenge Gin was awarded a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2022. This is the highest award we have received from a truly independent awards judging panel so far. We would like extend our thanks to the judges. We are absolutely delighted.
The San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) has just finished its 22nd annual judging of spirits. Founded in 2000, the SFWSC is the oldest competition in North America. A total of 70 judges drawn from all over the world evaluated approximately 5,000 spirits over two weeks in April 2022. 2022 marked the largest number of entrants that the San Francisco competition has ever received. Not only is the SFWSC now the largest spirits competition in the world, but we saw growth across all spirit categories, especially RTDs.
IWSC Bronze Award 2022 for Sloe Bertha
We are chuffed-bits that Sloe Bertha was awarded a Bronze at the IWSC (International Wine and Spirits Competition) 2022.
Jonathan Healy of Red FM interviews Justin
Red FM’s Jonathan Healy interviews Justin on ‘Red Business in Focus’ in association with Cork’s Local Enterprise Offices. Justin will fill Jonathan in on all the activities at Ballyvolane House from historic house stays to boutique weddings and glamping experiences. Justin will also chat about how he spotted the potential of a business with gins in 2015 and launched Bertha’s Revenge Gin with his old school buddy Antony Jackson.
Huge thanks to Jonathan for making the interview highly enjoyable and for going easy on Justin. Massive thanks also go to the Local Enterprise Office in Cork for their immense support and for making this happen.
The Times, ‘Best places to stay in Ireland: 25 cool spots for a spring getaway’ by Nicola Brady
“Best places to stay in Ireland: 25 cool spots for a spring getaway” by Nicola Brady writing in the Times UK. It is a carefully curated list of stylish lodges, forest domes, hip country hotels, shopping spots and eateries dotted around Ireland. They are exactly the kind of places we would recommend to our guests. We are delighted that Ballyvolane House is included in this feature. Thank you Nicola!
Martha Stewart "Baileys and Beyond: These Are the Irish Spirits to Add to Your Bar Cart" by Amy Cappiello
In the run up to St. Patrick’s Day, Emily Cappiello highlights Irish creams, a plethora of Irish whiskies, and some notable gins for marthastewart.com. We are delighted Bertha’s Revenge Irish Milk Gin is included. Thank you Emily!