Archive of 2022
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!
Bertha's Revenge Crab Apple Negroni
We have been trying out some cocktail recipes with our new Bertha’s Revenge Crab Apple Gin Liqueur and we have created an utterly delicious Negroni using equal parts of our Crab Apple Gin, Campari and Carpano Antica Vermouth. The crab apple gin is sweetened with a jaggery cane sugar syrup which we infused with cloves and this sweetness perfectly balances the he bitter Campari and Carpano Antica.
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!
Bertha's Revenge Crab Apple Gin Liqueur
Antony Jackson and Justin Green co-founders and distillers of Bertha’s Revenge Gin are delighted to introduce a new member to their little herd ‘BERTHA’S REVENGE CRAB APPLE GIN LIQUEUR’.
World Gin Awards 2022
We are proud and delighted that Sloe Bertha was award BEST IRISH SLOE GIN at the World Gin Awards 2022 in London. We are also chuffed to bits that Bertha’s Navy Strength was award SILVER. Thank you very much! We are celebrating!
Big Bertha - the world's oldest cow
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!!