A variety of new drinks products are being introduced to the UK market from the west of Ireland at this week’s Bar and Pub Show.
The Ireland West Food and Drink Group is showcasing super-premium Micil Irish Poitín, craft beers from both Black Donkey Brewing and Galway Hooker, and Mariko Green Tea.
The group, which promotes premium, artisan producers from the Galway, Mayo and Roscommon regions, has a stand at the Bar and Pub Show which runs at Olympia in London from today until Wednesday.
Micil Irish Poitín from County Galway is pot-distilled from a base of Irish malted barley and locally foraged Connemara bog bean. It can be used in cocktails, such as in Sour and Old Fashioned style drinks, or served neat.
Black Donkey Brewing was founded by husband and wife team, Richard and Michaela Siberry. The modern brewery produces six regular styles of beer, plus one-off seasonal styles.
Galway Hooker is an independent, artisan brewery. Its beers are made by combining high-quality ingredients with traditional brewing techniques. It has twice been named Ireland’s Best Beer.
Mariko Green Tea is a natural alternative to high-calorie sugary drinks. It is made from sencha green tea leaves and comes refreshingly lightly sparkled. It contains no artificial sweeteners.
The West of Ireland is well known for its production of premium food and drink, rich in arable land and pristine coastal waters. Declan Droney, project manager at Ireland West, said: “This region of Ireland has a long tradition of not only skilled, local food and drink production, but innovation.
“We’re committed to bringing our passionate producers to a wider market and excited to bring a selection of these to The Bar and Pub Show for the first time.”
Visit Ireland West Food Group at Bar and Pub Show at stand WH21. Click here to find out more about the Bar and Pub Show.