Visit the home of Northern Ireland’s original craft gin distillery
Gin fanatics can now visit the home of Shortcross Gin at its newly redeveloped facility in Co. Down.
Rademon Estate Distillery, producer of the multi award-winning Shortcross Gin and the first craft distillery to reside in Northern Ireland, has undergone a significant redevelopment with the addition of two new copper stills and a stylish Visitor Experience Centre, representing an investment of £2.5million.
The brand-new Visitor Experience Centre, comprising of a bar, gift shop and a multipurpose events space with stunning views of the estate, will host carefully curated tours inviting visitors to learn how Shortcross Gin is distilled, take part in tutored tasting sessions and master the art of crafting the perfect gin and tonic.
The newly added copper stills are intended to help Shortcross meet growing demand for its exports worldwide and increase production of its latest venture, Single Malt Irish Whiskey, the first batch of which is expected to be released later this year.
Husband and wife team, Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong, opened Northern Ireland’s first award-winning craft distillery at Rademon Estate in Crossgar in 2012. Two years later, they launched Shortcross Gin, their first small batch craft spirit, which is currently celebrating its fourth anniversary. The renovation marks the beginning of the first public tours of the facility.
Commenting on the redevelopment, Fiona Boyd-Armstrong, Managing Director of Rademon Estate Distillery said: “We are thrilled to be able to welcome people to the home of Shortcross with the opening of our new Visitor Experience Centre. We have taken great pride in developing a unique and welcoming space to meet growing consumer demand for the opportunity to learn and experience more about Shortcross Gin and of course, in time, our new Single Malt Irish Whiskey.”
The redevelopment forms part of the Irish Whiskey Association’s Irish Whiskey Tourism Trail, which seeks to almost triple the visitor numbers to distilleries across the island of Ireland by 2025.
Shortcross distillery tour dates are currently booking on the following dates; Saturday 19th May, Monday 28th May, Friday 29th June and Saturday 30th June. For further information, or to book a tour of Rademon Estate Distillery, visit www.shortcrossgin.com, or follow Shortcross on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Shortcross team will also be involved in a number of unique events over the coming months, including:
Blues Afternoon at Rademon Estate, 3rd June 2018
Visit Rademon Estate for an afternoon of blistering blues and Shortcross Gin, featuring Ronnie Greer and his band. Shortcross cocktails and shorttails will be served, along with artisan food-makers Finnebrogue Woods and Indie Fudie who will be serving up delicious fayre. Tickets cost £25pp and will include a Shortcross gin and tonic on arrival. Visit www.shortcrossgin.com to purchase tickets.
World Gin Day, 9th June 2018
Celebrate World Gin Day at the #HomeofShortcross with bespoke Shortcross Cocktails on arrival, a tour/taste and masterclass with live music on the terrace. Each guest will receive a Shortcross branded glass and a £5.00 voucher towards an onsite bottle purchase. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.shortcrossgin.com.
Taste of Dublin, 14th – 17th June 2018
Set in the stunning Iveagh Gardens, Taste of Dublin returns with the ultimate drink and food show of the year. Visit The Hopping Juniper at Feature R and savour a unique range of fantastic cocktails featuring Shortcross Gin.