Boatyard Distillery has won gold and silver awards for two products in the annual Bartenders’ Brand Awards.
The craft distillery, a Food NI member based near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, won gold for its vodka and silver for its double distilled gin in the awards, which are a unique blind tasting, design and value-tested competition for spirits, wines, beers and drinks products available within the UK bar industry.
Joe McGirr, Boatyard founder and master distiller, says: “We are thrilled to have achieved this important recognition from bartenders in Britain, a key market for us as we seek to grow
our business, especially outside Northern
“These awards are immensely important because they are purely focused on the on-trade and are open to drinks brands that are available in UK cocktail, hotel and restaurant bars,” he adds.
Now in their fourth year, the event aims to provide independent and honest reviews for drinks brands targetting the UK bar trade.
The results are a relevant and practical source of reference for bartenders, bar managers, bar owners and professionals when making purchasing decisions for their establishments.
The judging panel boasts some of the most renowned names in the UK bar industry today, giving winning spirits, wine, beer and drinks products an endorsement from the most influential people in the global drinks industry.
Boatyard vodka was the first ‘seed to sip’ wheat vodka in Ireland, made using organic Irish wheat from County Kildare in the Republic of Ireland.
The craft distillery, which is also developing a malt whiskey, was established in 2016 by Mr McGirr, who has vast experience in developing and marketing spirits.
It is based in a converted boat house overlooking picturesque Lough Erne in Northern Ireland’s lakelands.