The Boatyard Distillery give back during difficult times

The Boatyard Distillery give back during difficult times

Published on Monday, 25 January 2021

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The Boatyard Distillery recently donated £1,000 to AWARE as part of their successful lockdown cocktail competition. 

The Boatyard Distillery is an award-winning farm-to-bottle distillery located on the banks of Lough Erne in North-West Ireland. The company use organic ingredients that have been chosen specifically for each product. They have created bespoke spirits with the terroir of the land at the forefront of each creation. 

With the effects of the current pandemic and many hospitality businesses being forced to close, Ciaran Shannon, Brand Development Manager at The Boatyard Distillery came up with the creative idea of encouraging all local bartenders to make their very own, unique cocktail using The Boatyard’s famous Gin or Vodka. 

Ciaran said about the competition, “We basically wanted to host this competition to keep bartenders and people who were interested within the hospitality trade busy and active during lockdowns. We know how difficult it has been and the effects this has had on the mental health of many in Northern Ireland. So, we wanted to create something fun and different for our local bartenders.” 

“We would send those interested a full bottle of Boatyard Double Gin or Vodka and in turn, they would send us a cocktail made using our spirit that would be judged by the former Bar Manager of the Savoy Hotel in London and Boatyard Distillery’s new Commercial Director, Declan Mc Gurk.”

“The response we got was just incredible, and we were blown away! We were also delighted to have been able to keep our bartenders busy, active and bring a little bit of the bar back to their home. The winner of the competition was Emily Doherty from Bertz Jazz Bar with close runners up; Seamus Og Birt from The Marcus Ward and Jamie Huddleson from Rattlebag in Belfast. We organised prizes for the winners but what was also included was a donation to a charity on all the entrant's behalf that we know a lot of the trade, as well as our team at the distillery, feel very strongly about.” 

“We chose AWARE because we know first-hand the effects the pandemic has had on the hospitality industry and those interested in the trade. With little social interaction and inability to work, many of our local bartenders have struggled throughout the past few months. This is why we wanted to give back to a local mental health charity like AWARE so we could make a difference and raise awareness that there are services out there for people to avail of if they are struggling.” 

Lisa Abell-Farrelly, Corporate Relationship Officer at AWARE said, “We are so delighted to be the beneficiaries of The Boatyard Distillery’s cocktail competition, a fantastic initiative and great way to support and encourage our local bartenders to keep active during these difficult times. The funds donated will go towards the development and expansion of our services, particularly as we move through the current COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to all involved.” 

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