On Monday last, 17 Castlebar publicans, bar staff and chamber of commerce members visited the Connacht Whiskey Distillery in Ballina. The trip included a guided tour of the distillery, followed by a tasting session in the distillery’s in-house bar, Mullarkey’s. There, the publicans enjoyed a spirits tasting paddle that included Straw Boys vodka, Straw Boys poitín, Conncullin gin (which is the Castlebar Gin Trail featured gin in the Irish House) and Spade & Bushel ten-year-old Irish single malt whiskey. Don’t be surprised to see poitín-based ‘Irish coffee’ in Castlebar this autumn!
After the tour, the group went to one of Ballina’s finest establishments – The Auld Shebeen on Abbey Street, where they were looked after by Cathal Sweeney and his team and treated to some of Betty’s famous boxty. (Unfortunately, an accumulator on the Ballinrobe Races didn’t quite pay off…)
Many thanks to Ella, Grainne and Lyndsey from Connacht Whiskey and to Cathal and Betty Sweeney and staff for their hospitality.
In other pub-related news this week, Castlebar Gin Trail has been featured in the latest edition of ‘Go Wild’ magazine, which is aimed at the 30+ ABC1 domestic and international tourist. The quarterly magazine is available online and in print, stocked in tourist offices, airports, Centra, Spar and SuperValu outlets. This edition also contains a 2-page feature on Bar One. You can view the magazine online at http://bit.ly/2tGpXMH