NewsGeneral news from Bertha’s byre and the Ginsmiths within.
We are delighted that Bertha’s Revenge Sloe Gin was awarded a Bronze by the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London in early August. The IWSC is the world’s largest and most influential spirits awards.
Thank you very much!
We have just commissioned a series of ‘How to Make a Great Bertha Cocktail’ series showcasing our Dry Martini Cocktail, Gimlet, Rhubarb Martini, Negroni and Hedgerow Martini.
The stunning illusrations are by Ciara Coogan of Cicoillustrates.
We are following the World Health Organisation guidelines and we have produced a liquid hand sanitiser and disinfectant that is highly effective and carries an alcohol content of between 75% to 80%. It’s quick drying and is ideal for refillable spray bottles.
We will be making our sanitiser available to the public and to people in need in our community. Hand sanitiser plays a vital role is reducing and slowing the infection rates of Covid-19.
Please contact us on 025 36349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need supply.
We can supply in bulk too if you are looking for large volumes of hand sanitiser.
Keep safe and keep healthy!
Bertha’s Revenge Gin along with our ‘Herd Immunity’ hand sanitiser are now on sale online through NeighbourFood. It’s a ‘click and collect’ model and all of the products listed in a NeighbourFood market are grown or produced by local farmers or artisan producers.
We are delighted to share this article in Conde Nast Traveller. HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall stayed at Ballyvolane House (the home of Bertha’s Revenge Gin) in June 2018 and they were utterly charming as were their entire entourage. It was fantastic for Cork and the locality and we loved having them here. They enjoyed Bertha tipples too.
Written by Annabelle Spranklen for Conde Nast Traveller.
“BALLYVOLANE HOUSE, COUNTY CORK, IRELAND. This magical family-run hotel in the County Cork countryside was the ideal place for a royal sleepover when Prince Charles and Camilla were on an official tour of Cork in the summer of 2018. Built in 1728, this historic house, which has been in the hands of the Green family since the 1950s, is surrounded by a bluebell-carpeted woodland and acres of luscious emerald fields, giving guests as much seclusion as they wish. Inside, gleaming polished floors and doors with painted panels of intricate flowers and chirpy birds await, a nod to the antique, vintage-inspired décor that takes over the rest of the house. There’s a homely feel to the place – expect one of the family’s terriers to roll over for a rub as well as a tasting of the homemade gin, called Bertha’s Revenge Gin; Prince Charles even took a bottle home.”
Sloe Bertha is ‘Spirit of the Week’ by Leslie Williams writing for the Irish Examiner.
Leslie suggests “Perfect for Kir and a great match for Easter Eggs”.
Thank you Leslie!
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.