Belfast Telegraph

Gin start-up Boatyard Distillery's first batch ready for retail

By Rachel Martin

Produce from Fermanagh's first gin distillery in 120 years will hit bars across Ireland by the end of the week.

The Enniskillen distillery Boatyard Distillery began brewing in April but has already struck deals with distributors on both sides of the border.

The distillery, based in an old boatyard on the shore of Lough Erne, includes a 40ft column.

Prohibition and The Celtic Whiskey Shop will distribute the Boatyard Double Gin in Ireland and Northern Ireland but founder Joe McGirr doesn't want to stop there. Talks are currently underway with a high-end European distributor to launch the product in France and Germany next year.

The gin will be aimed at the 'super premium' market.

Joe McGirr said: "We spent nine months working on recipe development.

"We wanted to put the emphasis on quality and flavour.

"Everything down the label has been made with quality in mind. It's printed on a 1960s Heidelberg press - it was a nuts and bolts restoration."

Joe previously worked with Glenmorangie, Moet Hennessy and the London Distillery Company where he learned the trade.

The firm also plan to launch an Irish potato vodka, barrel-aged gin and Irish single malt whiskey.

It is selling equity in return for investment of up to £1.3m to allow the completing of the next phase of business - a visitor centre due to open next year.

It comes as Co Down small-batch distillery Copeland Gin also prepares to launch its first batch.

Belfast Telegraph

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