As 2016, the NI Year of Food and Drink, is coming to an end, we would like to share with you some of the highlights that have made the last 12 months such a fantastic adventure.
(Internet connection is working too…at the moment…which helps!)
About six months ago we were joined by Sarah Travers, Vicky Stevenson and their team on a most glorious sunny day, to record a short video as part of a Causeway Coast and Glens initiative to promote local food and drink.
From Slow Food evenings, treated to the most delicious creations by Paula McIntyre and her team, to the Dalriada Festival in Glenarm ( third time around for us, third time lucky); from Sarah Travers coming to visit ( even the sun made a rare appearance) to cooking chicken ‘rolatine’ with Lizzie’s Ale and Broughgammon cabrito with Rathlin Red (thank you Millie)….
Thank you for your messages, likes, retweets, kind words and continuous support: it wouldn’t have been so special without you!
Three years ago, with a beer and a half ( Rathlin Red had failed to carbonate adequately in time for the event) we made our way from Glens to Glens down the breathtaking coastline to our first ever market, in Glenarm, at Dalriada Festival.
We had the most fantastic weekend: the many positive comments and feedbacks ( Thank You!!!) gave us the encouragement and confidence to pursue our dream.
Three years have gone by: many sacks of malt, handfuls of hops and bucketfuls of bubbling yeast later, we are back again at Dalriada Festival.
Join us at the entrance of the big marquee ( not too far from where we were last year) for an opportunity to taste our ales and beers: all ready to go, this time…..finger crossed!
Before getting on with some bottling on Thursday and labelling on Friday, we delivered our beers to two new stockists down the coast: Cafe Riva in Larne and Ownie’s Bar & Bistro in Carrickfergus. Great locations, friendly staff, glorious food and our very own brews: what’s not to like!
Ownie’s Bar & Bistro, Carrickfergus
Cafe Riva, Larne
We are brewing a new batch of Rathlin Red, today…just in case you were wondering…
Thank you ever so much to all who came along last Saturday to taste our ales and beers: your appreciation and support really made our day! There were 50 people who entered their details in our little survey and, after Sunday lunch – pork fillet with stuffing and apple sauce, complemented by some of our Rathlin Red! – we raffled the t-shirt.
And here it is: Donna, congratulations! We have a t-shirt with your name on it! We will e-mail you later on for sizing and delivery address. Cheers!
…and a chance to win one of our iconic Rathlin Red T-shirts!
The new food market is going to be a regular event, taking place on the First Saturday of the month from tomorrow April 2nd, to the end of August.
A unique opportunity to shop for the best of local and, for tomorrow only, to taste our ales and lager. Due to the current legislation, we will not be able to sell you our ales and beers at the market tomorrow, but there will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy our brews locally. You could treat yourself to a pint in O’Connors, Tessies, The Central or the Anzac where you can also buy our ales in the off sale.
For a chance to win one of our T-shirts, simply call in at our stall, fill in your details and keep your fingers crossed….well maybe not when you are trying to handle a pint or two!