Later this month, Dublin get’s it very own Gin festival brought to you by the Great Irish Beverages team. This makes me very happy as you might imagine…Thirty of the capital’s pubs and venues will join in the celebrations of Ireland’s finest gins. Lots of great venues participating as you can see below, including some of my own favourites Drury Buildings, Eastside Tavern, Ely, Peruke & Periwig.
Glendalough Distillery in Co. Wicklow produces seasonal gins, with locally picked botanicals. This seasonal bottling means each bottling the gin differs… local botanist Geraldine Kavanagh from Wicklow Wild Foods takes to the Wicklow Mountains every spring, summer, autumn and winter to forage for the freshest and most interesting local botanicals, berries and fruit. The gin is distilled in small batches, in a Holstein copper still with no more than 3,000 bottles each season.
Dingle Gin is produced by The Dingle Whiskey Distillery in Co. Kerry. A small batch artisan distillery, Dingle wanted to create a new kind of Gin and while the style means it would be categorised as a London dry gin it has a unique character and flavours with the botanicals used. The flavours and botanicals in Dingle Original Gin include rowan berry, fuchsia, bog myrtle, hawthorn, heather, chervil, angelica and coriander – locally grown giving that ‘taste of Kerry’.
Shortcross Gin is Northern Ireland’s first craft gin, distilled at Rademon Estate Distillery in Co. Down. Shortcross Gin is a classical Gin with a twist – floral meadows, wild berries and grassy notes; aromatic with a long and smooth finish. Local botanicals incorporated into their gin include clover, elderflower and green apples.
Throughout the festival, each venue will be selling their Irish Gin & Tonic cocktails at a 30% discount once you have a wristband (which you can purchase from any of the participating venues). There will also be food pairings and workshops from each of these distilleries.