The Spirit of West Waterford

If you don’t know the background to this story, then read this and that… Sorted? Excellent. Well the largest round I ever ordered, all 800 litres of Oatmeal Stout arrived at the distillery earlier this week. The lads at Dungarvan Brewing Company cooked up this batch for us leaving out the hops. We weren’t sure […]

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Brú House

It’s a great time to be a beer drinker in Ireland. Craft brewers are putting the fun and the flavour back into beer, it’s something to celebrate and that’s from the nephew of the former Master Brewer at Budweiser. New beers bring new flavours and since taste is what we are all about, it only makes sense to […]

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01

It all started with this. I was in a bar, a pal ordered me a bottle of this excellent stout and as I sat down three things flashed through my mind. 1. My pal never buys me a drink, what’s he’s after? 2. There’s a lighthouse in Dungarvan? 3. Shit. Next time before sitting down, I must […]

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Ginuary

  It’s a hard month is January; credit card bills, detox articles in the newspapers and a fresh round of those weekly encyclopedias that no one seems to buy. But January is also a good month to plan ahead, which is why we decided to launch a Gin Distilling Workshop. On 11th April we will host Ireland’s first day […]

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LDG

In the next week or so we start distilling our first product; as yet we have not come to the attention of The Skibbereen Eagle, just the Irish Independent and The Gloss Magazine – so say hello to Blackwater No. 5, which as the label says is a London Dry Gin.   It’s only six letters long, but the simple […]

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White Flag

It’ll all be over by Christmas, we cried! Well we were wrong. We tried so very hard to make it happen, to get the first gin out in 2014 but in the end there was just too much red tape. Anyway December is awash with new distilleries, Highbank Orchards launched last weekend, JP Rigney cuts […]

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The Last Bus

You know the story. It’s cold, dark and wet and just as you get to the bus stop, the last bus pulls away. Well that’s about where we are, belting along the damp pavement, weighed down with Christmas shopping hoping against hope that we can get there in time – but we can see the […]

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Radio Silence

I promised myself that I would do this blogging stuff on a more regular basis. ‘There’ll be so much amazing stuff happening’ I told myself, ‘that there’ll be crate loads to scribble down!’ Yes I do talk like that. And as for the crate loads of stuff, well I wasn’t wrong. But all that ‘stuff’ eats […]

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The Glamour

As I sit here shivering in an unheated office, I wonder why so many people think opening a distillery is glamorous. Yes there is all the soup you can fit into a Thermos, but is that enough? I guess it’s glamorous in same way Communication Studies at DCU is glamorous, or yakking at the Dublin Web Summit is […]

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That Vexatious ‘E’

Right. This might take a while so grab a coffee and put your feet up. Here’s a virtual one in case you are stuck on a bus, you’ll thank me in around 400 words. Now if ever there was a storm in a coffee cup, it’s the spelling of the word Whisky/Whiskey. There’s some real nonsense out […]

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