Ireland is well known for its excellent produce, amazing beers and world-class whiskies. But we are now distilling incredible gins that use the farmed and wild ingredients of their localities to flavour their spirits. The Irish Gin & Tonic Fest is a 32 county celebration of Ireland’s finest gins. Now into its third year, its running in 2018 from June 23rd – 30th.
Any licensed bar, restaurant or hotel in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland can get involved by showcasing one of the many festival Irish gins served with a tonic of their choice for the week of the festival. Registration is free and is now live. It can be done in 3 simple steps by hitting the button on the top right of this page. Once the venue enters in their details, we’ll edit them and get them live as soon as we can.
All participating venues’ details will be listed alphabetically on our site and divided up by the county. As soon as the festival starts, the public will be asked to vote for their favourite Irish Gin & Tonic of the festival by using the #IrishGnT on Twitter & Instagram or by telling us on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GreatIrishBeverages.
The public have voted and they have declared that the best #IrishGnT in all 32 counties is to be found in Russell’s Saloon and Gin Emporium in Dundalk, County Louth. It is lovingly made with Old Carrick Mill Gin from Monaghan, mixed with Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water and garnished with fresh pear and blueberries. We’d like to wish massive congratulations to the bar and can’t wait to get down there to enjoy one or two!
Irish Gin & Tonic Fest is made possible with the kind assistance of Fáilte Ireland and the amazing Irish gin brands we are working with. Each of the brands will be hosting a special event during the festival, so please stay tuned to our social media for more details!
Here’s a round up of the festival events we’ve got line up:
– Ornabrak Single Malt Gin
Davy Mac’s Waterford, June 29th, 8.30 pm
A tasting of the brand new Single Malt Irish Gin hosted by brand owner Patrick Shelley of Origin Spirits. Expect some all Irish gin & tonic serves and maybe even a cocktail!
– Black’s Irish Gin Pop Up
Tom Barry’s, Barrack Street, Cork, June 24th, 1 – 5pm
The good folk from Black’s Brewery & Distillery are bringing their gin to Tom Barry’s Bar in Cork city for an all afternoon pop up. Kick start your weekend in style as you learn all about this gorgeous spirit and how its best enjoyed!
– Old Carrick Mill Gin & Tonic Tasting
Russell’s of Dundalk, Louth, June 24th, 1 – 5pm. Old Carrick Mill is a very special gin from Monaghan that has the perfect balance of herb and spice. They’ll be hitting up one of their favourite bars for an afternoon of gin tastings, paired with their favourite tonic waters and made into some nice cocktails for some “gin-spiration!”
– Poacher’s Frozen Gin & Tonic Pop Up
Charlotte Quay, Millennium Tower, D4, June 28 & 30. 6pm – 10pm.
Enjoy the ultimate taste of the Sunny South East as Poacher’s Premium Irish Mixers from Wexford collaborate with Blackwater Distillery for the most chilled pop up of the summer! They’re mixing their Wild Tonic Water made with wild elderflower from Brook Lodge Hotel in Wicklow with the Blackwater’s Wexford Strawberry Gin and serving it from a frozen cocktail machine for the last nights of the festival in Charlotte Quay.
– Echlinville Gin, Distillery Tours
Echlinville Distillery, Kircubbin, County Down, June 23rd
On the opening day of the Irish Gin & Tonic Fest, the doors of Echlinville Distillery will be thrown open to invite in plenty of gin lovers! Their gin is distilled single pot still style and is made with their own barley so there’s plenty to learn about!
At the end of each tour, guests will get a tutored tasting from our Head Distiller Graeme, who will give a unique insight into the gin’s characteristics and each guest will be invited to make their perfect serve.
– Listoke Gin
Listoke Distillery, Tenure, Louth, June 24th
Due to the phenomenal success of Listoke 1777 Premium Irish Gin and the demand for places at Listoke Gin school, Ireland’s only gin school, the team behind Listoke Distillery have had to leave their humble beginnings in a barn and relocate to a purpose built unit, in the sleepy village of Tenure, in the heart of the beautiful Boyne Valley Co.Louth. As part of the Irish Gin & Tonic fest Listoke Distilery will open on Sunday June 24th for visitors to taste Listoke 1777 and 2 of the other premium Gin’s that are produced in the new Listoke distillery. Visitors will then take a brief tour of the Listoke Gin school and Distillery. Following the tour, visitors will be treated to a Listoke Gin pairing with some of the delicious local food produced in the locality by members of the “Boyne Valley Flavours”. Tickets are available on the Listoke website at 35 Euros a head. Don’t miss out, with the demand for Listoke Gin School we suspect these will move fast.https://listokedistillery.ie
– Shortcross Gin, Distilery Tours
Shortcross Distillery, The Rademon Estate, Downpatrick, County Down
June 29th & 30th, different times. Tickets here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/rademonestatedistillery
Take a journey through this small but perfectly crafted distillery, learning how they distill the wonderful Shortcross Gin and Single Malt Irish Whiskey. Then bask in a botanical journey and enjoy a tutored tasting experience engaging all your senses before you master the art of creating the perfect Shortcross Gin and Tonic. Each guest will recieve a Shortcross branded glass and a £5.00 voucher towards an onsite bottle purchase.
– Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin
Foraging trip to Wicklow Mountains to seek out and pick wild Irish botanicals and distill them into your own gin! Glendalough Distilery are so passionate about using local Wicklow ingredients in their products that they have a full time forager on their team. Her name is Geraldine Kavanagh and she’ll be hoisting this totally unique event. Please note that this was a competition that was run last month and the winners have already been selected.
– Gunpowder Irish Gin
An Púcán Galway, June 26th, 9.15pm
“Ready, Steady, Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin!”
Join the team from the Shed Distillery to learn all about the Curious Journey of the Curious Mind of PJ Rigney, that resulted in Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin – slow distilled by hand using oriental botanicals an gunpowder tea.
Enjoy their entry into the Irish Gin & Tonic Fest 2018 – “The An Púcán” – featuring Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin served with fever tree tonic, and garnished with mint, cucumber, and jalapeno pepper.
Afterwards, learn from one of the Shed’s expert mixologists on the art of creating the perfect, curious cocktail, then a lucky few will go head to head to create their own bespoke drink with some ingredients that, like those used by the Curious Mind, may be a little out of the ordinary. http://www.greatirishbeverages.com/brand/drumshanbo-gunpowder-irish-gin/
– Dublin City Gin
Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin 2, June 23rd
Distilled using organic rhubarb grown along the Grand Canal in Portobello, Dublin City Gin takes its name very seriously! They’ll be sauntering on down to the Fitzwilliam Hotel for a top secret, speakeasy up from 3pm. Expect to taste and learn all about their unique spirit and enjoy a complimentary All Irish GnT! Stay tuned to their social media for details: http://www.greatirishbeverages.com/brand/dublin-city-gin/
– The Muff Liquor Company, Irish Gin
The Foyle Hotel, Moville, Donegal, June 29th, 6pm
The Donegal family behind this new premium Irish gin brand are staying local and having a tasting at The Foyle Hotel to celebrate their first year in the Irish Gin & Tonic Fest. Expect to sample some all Irish Gin & Tonics as well as some excellent food pairings!
– Míl Gin & Hapenny Gin Pop Up
House Dublin, June 25th
As part of the Irish Gin & Tonic Festival 2018, Míl Gin and Ha’penny Gin will be ‘popping up’ in the Conservatory of House, Dublin 2 on Monday 25th June from 6-9pm!
Join us for a G&T evening featuring Classic Ha’penny Dublin Dry Gin & Ha’penny Rhubarb G+T’s served from the Ha’penny cart! While refreshing Mediterranean style Míl G+T’s will be stirred up, whilst you sit on the Míl Gin Vespa and await your order!
There will be lots of gin, tunes and competitions on the night!
– Gunpowder Gin, Food Pairing and Tasting
Bull & Castle, Dublin 8, June 25th
The ever popular and exceptionally delicious Gunpowder Gin will be popping up at Bull & Castle for a very special night. Learn all about this lovely spirit whilst enjoying some gin & tonics and some gorgeous food pairings made by the fantastic in house kitchen team. Tickets are €25 each and can be purchased on the night.