NewsGeneral news from Bertha’s byre and the Ginsmiths within.
The effects of the Coronavirus on countries and communities across the world have been harsh, destructive and swift. It has now arrived in Ireland, and since last Thursday we have seen at first-hand how quickly and thoroughly a pandemic such as this can change the status quo in society.
The health of our communities is paramount, and we applaud the excellent work of the medical personnel in all jurisdictions, together with other front line agencies, as they endeavour to diagnose, treat and heal those of us who are vulnerable or who have been infected.
We understand and support the state-led call for containment and social distancing. This is the right thing to do. However, the short to medium term economic, social and mental consequences will be serious at best, if not devastating.
We are a small business, and the effective closure of the hospitality sector in Ireland and abroad will result in straightened times for us in the weeks and months ahead. We remain open for business and fully intend to weather this storm, but it will be difficult. Yet whilst we face up to the severity of our own situation, our thoughts and prayers are also with our wide network of friends, customers and suppliers in the food, drink and hospitality sector, both here in Ireland, but also across the globe, who have had to make much more painful decisions than us over the last 72 hours.
We will come through this painful time together. Social distancing, or even social isolation, does not mean social exclusion. The elastic is stretched, but we are still connected. Socially, economically, nationally and internationally – we are connected. This is the bedrock of our strength and fortitude in the face of adversity.
Look after yourselves, your families and your communities. Support local business. And whenever possible keep on drinking gin!
To your health!
Antony & Justin
We are delighted to be included in this impressive line-up. Thank you gents!
“Of course, we’re not against Guinness – even Bey likes the ‘G’ – and we’ve nothing but good stuff to say about ‘The Black Stuff’. But we’re here to tell you that Ireland’s drink game goes way beyond stout; there’s more that Ireland produces than that… Across the Emerald Isle, the craft brewery and small batch spirit distillery business is booming. Not just selling locally, this huge market is getting more and more fledgling players finding a national and even international audience! Here are a few suggestions to wet your whistle.”
We are delighted to be included in the “5 Irish Craft Spirits for your St. Patrick’s Day Drinks” by The Crafty Cask as US-based drinks blog.
The Crafty Cask celebrates all things craft alcohol. It’s as simple as that. From the people, to the art and science of the craft itself to unique approaches to industry innovations. If it’s related to craft alcohol and there’s an interesting story behind it, they are celebrating it and sharing it.
We are delighted with this review by Catherine Cleary writing for the Irish Times Weekend Magazine on Saturday, 7th March 2020.
“Ballyvolane House is a lovely way to experience the food from home.”
The verdict: A big house showcasing how home-cooked food can be done
Food provenance: Excellent. Fitzgerald’s lamb, those Garryhinch mushrooms and Macroom buffalo cheese among the names
9 out of 10.
We have a vacancy for a Distillery 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 initially 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 quite a lot of heavy-lifting.
We will be holding interviews during the next couple of weeks and please email your CV to email@example.com.
Bertha Sessions is a live-music and supper event held in the rustic dining terrace and barn at Ballyvolane House. We are delighted to welcome Blind Poets, who will be performing at the next ‘BERTHA SESSIONS’ live-music and two-course supper in the barn at Ballyvolane House on Friday 28th February 2020.
Tickets are €35 per person which include entry to the gig and a two-course supper. Needless to say, we are always very happy to accommodate any special dietary requirements and please advise accordingly.
Fine song-writing, gorgeous traditional arrangements, skilful musicianship and five exceptional voices characterise this band. Rooted in folk but unafraid to cross genres, it’s no exaggeration to say Blind Poets are doing something new in Irish music.
Yet another quality article by the Gastrogays. They are showcasing the incredible growth, spread and variety of gin distilleries in Ireland today.
Thanks chaps. In good company too.
The Cork Place Brand has been developed as an overarching brand that can tell the story of Cork from one position. The brand will help Cork promote the region under one unified voice through many different channels. The Cork Place Brand has been developed as part of a collaborative project between a number of stakeholder organisations in Cork, which will help to further strengthen Cork as the great place we know it to be; to live, work, study, visit, invest and do business in.
Delighted Bertha picked up a Bronze at the World Gin Awards 2020 in London this week.
The World Gin Awards are the global awards selecting the very best in all internationally recognised styles of gin. The World Gin Awards select, reward and promote the world’s best gins to consumers and trade across the globe.
We are celebrating. Thank you!
We would like to thank all our friends, followers, customers, suppliers, state agencies and colleagues for all the wonderful support we received during 2019. We look forward to sharing Bertha love and expanding into new territories in 2020. We distilled batch #1000 just before Xmas and it has been a fascinating, fun, challenging at times and an enriching gin journey since we launched in 2015.
We would like to raise a glass to you all. Happy happy Xmas!
Best Bertha wishes,
Justin & Antony