The Irish Gin & Tonic Fest is coming for it’s third year! The 2018 edition features 26 Irish gins that hail from every province in Ireland and are made with a huge variety of both farmed and wild Irish ingredients.
There are Irish gins distilled with potatoes and organic apples, there are Irish gins that feature botanicals such as Wexford strawberries and Dublin city rhubarb and there are Irish gins aged in casks.
Since launching the festival in 2016, many of the venues that have been involved have seen huge uptakes in Irish gins as we help the bars to up-sell the Irish gins, both during and after the festival. As they say -‘Each to their own’ and this certainly rings true with Irish Gin, with such a huge array in both the botanicals and distillates, there’s an Irish gin for everyone out there!
The festival is running from June 23rd – June 30th and any venue on the island of Ireland can come on board and register for free. They just have to fill in their details on the Great Irish Beverages website and select one of the amazing Irish gins they’d like to champion for the week of the festival! The venue will get its own page on thesite and will be geographically listed so that everyone can see where they are. Then when the festival starts on June 23rd, the public will be able to vote for their favourite #IrishGnT on Twitter, Instagram or by posting on the Great Irish Beverages Facebook page.
There will be a number of different events taking place hosted by all the brands that include tastings, tours and food pairings. On the first day of the festival, there will be two opening parties on in Urban Brewing where for €15, each ticket holder will be able to enjoy an all Irish Gin & Tonic and sample dozens of Irish gins from all around Ireland and Northern Ireland. The first opening party will be on from 1.30pm – 3.30pm Click here for tickets and the second from 4.30pm – 6.30pm Click here for tickets
The Irish Gins participating this year are:
- Black’s Gin
- Blackwater No. 5 Gin
- Blackwater Wexford Strawberry Gin
- Bonac 24
- Cask Aged Concullin Irish Gin
- Concullin Irish Gin
- Dingle Gin
- Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
- Dublin City Gin
- Echlinville Irish Pot Still Gin
- Feckin Irish Gin
- Garnish Island Gin
- Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin
- Ha’penny Gin
- Jackford Irish Potato Gin
- James Joyce Irish Gin
- Kilkenny Crystal Gin
- Kinsale Gin
- Listoke 1777 Irish Gin
- Micil Irish Gin
- Old Carrick Mill
- Ornabrak Single Malt Gin
- Shortcross Gin
- Silver Spear Gin
- Muff Gin
In addition to all the Irish Gins, Poacher’s Premium Irish Mixers are on board with their three naturally made, low sugar tonic waters that feature Irish herbs and flowers.
Produced by Oisin Davis of Great Irish Beverages with assistance from Fáilte Ireland, the Irish Gin & Tonic Fest is the only one of its kind in that it solely focuses on Irish Gins and is an all Ireland, 32 county celebration!