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Great Irish Beverages is all about celebrating and promoting Irish made drinks. This takes us all round the world and across the island of Ireland. The type of work we do varies from concentrated advocacy for bartenders and media, to mass experiential. One week can see us conducting cocktail training for Jameson bartenders in Japan, to following that up with running the Irish Gin & Tonic Fest with hundreds of venues around Ireland. 

Director and founder Oisin Davis, has 25 years of hospitality and drinks industry experience. He’s had lots of job titles in those sectors – from bouncer to brand owner! In addition to Great Irish Beverages, he was co founder of Poacher’s Premium Irish Mixers and the first non alcohol bar in Europe, The Virgin Mary. In between client engagements, he loves to do a wee bit of writing for Food & Wine Ireland and Food For Thought. Read on to check out our last big project…

Once the most popular style of whiskey in the world and then nearly lost to the ravages of war and prohibition, single pot still Irish whiskey is now back in the limelight. It’s even winning global whiskey competitions
 
Defined as a whiskey made in the one Irish distillery with a mix of malted and unmalted barley, in a copper pot still. It is unique to Ireland, represents how Irish whiskey was first made and features some of the best whiskies to be ever made here. 
We here at Great Irish Beverages felt it was time to honour this incredibly spicy, rich and robust liquid gold and its incredible legacy. So we teamed up with our favourite single pot still brands and rolled out a very special festival, Irish SinglePot Still Whiskey Week. 
 
 
It was on from November 9th – 16th and it was all about celebrating all the fantastic ways to enjoy single pot still Irish whiskies. Whether served alongside a beer, paired with a food dish, mixed into a cocktail, or of course neat! 
Through our festival whiskey partners, any venue across Ireland was allowed to participate. Ninety venues got on board in 14 different counties.  By doing so, their venue got its own page on our site and was actively promoted by our team for being part of a brand new, nationwide initiative. And when the festival started, the public could vote for their favourite venue by using the hashtag #PotStillHero on social media. The winning venue was Taylor’s Bar & Beer Garden in Galway. They got through the first round by getting into the top venues and then ultimately won the mystery shopper round to pick up a €1,000 prize and to nominate a registered charity to receive another €1,000. Their Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey of choice was Powers John’s Lane. 
 
Photo: Boyd Challenger
Photo: Boyd Challenger

In addition to all the venue work, there was a series of tastings and the odd party!
Here you’ll find details for them all. 

 
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13TH

~ The Harbour Bar, Bray, county Wicklow @ 7pm
Powers Single Pot Still, 12 Year Old Exclusive Single Cask Launch
Free to attend

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14TH

~ The Rag Trader, Drury Street, Dublin 2 @ 7pm
Irish pot still whiskey tasting with brand ambassador, Rowan Lacey
Free to attend

~ Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder, Killarney, county Kerry @ 6 – 10pm
Powers Single Pot Still tasting with brand ambassador Derek King.
Free to attend.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15TH

~ Pot Still Party at Dublin Bar Academy, North King Street, @ 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
Four different pot still serves for just €25 plus booking fee.
Ticket link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pot-still-party-tickets-77303987307

~ The Skeff Late Bar & Kitchen, Eyre Square, Galway from 7pm
Skeff Winter Warmer launch, look out for the single pot still varieties!
Free to attend.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16TH

~ The Skeff Late Bar & Kitchen, Eyre Square, Galway from 7pm
Skeff Winter Warmer launch, look out for the single pot still varieties!
Free to attend.

 
 
 
 
 

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