Our office and team are all chattering about the latest additions to our portfolio this month. Having searched, researched, tasted, spat (some) and discussed we have now confirmed the following additions to our listings and we’re proud to say the majority are made in Ireland. In case you’re scratching your head and wondering how we’ve managed to list a quantity of wines made in Ireland, think sideways.. we’ve caught onto the burgeoning micro brewery and distillery craze and have are now stocking the exciting range of beers and ales from The Dungarvan Brewing Company , The Brehon Brewhouse in Monaghan and a locally distilled range of spirits from Glendalough Distillery.
The Glendalough Distillery was set up by five friends from Wicklow and Dublin with a deep passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland. In the 18th & 19th centuries there were over 200 licensed distilleries in Ireland and along with countless unlicensed ones produced diverse styles of poitín, whiskey, gin and even absinthe. Until recently that dropped to a small handful. Glendalough Distillery is now part of a revival of this heritage. The idea behind Glendalough Distillery is to make innovative spirits while staying true to the tradition and heritage of our ancestors. Initially they started with the first ever spirit, poitín and since then have moved to whiskey and most recently the release of two seasonal, wild botanical gins.
A family run micro‐brewery where all beers are traditionally brewed and bottled on site in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Only four ingredients are used: barley, hops, yeast and water. No chemicals are added: the beers are all unfiltered, unpasteurised and vegan friendly. Their website holds a host of information and a handy little ‘food and beer’ matching page with great recipes from the likes of Paul Flynn at the Tannery in Dungarvan. Set up five years ago this company have certainly been setting standards. Their range can be found here.
We’re moving so fast I nearly forgot one! Meet Brehon Brewhouse, a small brewery set on a farm amongst the rolling drumlins of Co Monaghan, a few miles from the birthplace of Patrick Kavanagh, the inspiration for the India Pale Ale – Stony Grey IPA. These beers are created with care and affection: Phil, the Brewer (a founder member of Beer Ireland) has created a range of well balanced and flavoursome ales reflecting the changing face of the beer market in Ireland. Quality and flavour are paramount – Brehon Brewhouse do not do bland! Their beers are approachable and appreciated – especially with food.
If like us you feel the mixer is an important part of ‘the mix’, well look no further. We have taken in the top mixers of Thomas Henry Their originality, great taste and faultless packaging is already gaining interest in cocktail and spirit circles.. Named after the man who in 1773 successfully enriched water with carbon dioxide these eye catching mixers live by the company motto: “For the best drinks in the world – in the best bars in the world.”
Since 2010, the name Thomas Henry has been the main inspiration for a young company from Germany to produce a perfect selection of soft drinks. Based in Berlin, the bitter lemonade experts have been busy adding high‐class and unique products to the ever‐changing world of gastronomy. The range consists of classic bar sodas – tonic water, bitter lemon, ginger ale and the tonic spinoff, Elderflower Tonic. In 2014, Thomas Henry introduced its ‘all day range’ including Mystic Mango Lemonade. Thomas Henry’s portfolio responds to the call for more variety and offers those in front of and behind bars an alternative in taste, price and look.
Thomas Henry stands for best ingredients and a unique composition. Grown‐up and full taste, more indulgence, be it pure or mixed in a long drink. Our natural mineral water is sourced from the Bad Meinberg springs in North Rhine‐Westphalia. Demineralizing it, we guarantee a constant, harmonic taste for our high‐end products along with wholesome, fine‐sparkling carbon dioxide.
So hopefully we’ve given you something to think about when stocking your spirits and beer fridge. Personally I’m off to mix an Autumn gin from the Glendalough Distillery with some Thomas Henry tonic as it’s a particularly autumnal day in Wicklow (where I’m sitting) and there’s something special about sitting by a fire contemplating the sea mist rising off Brittas Bay whilst sipping a drink made just a few miles from here by some ambitious and innovative Irish lads.