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Drink Local During Lockdown!


Kick up your feet at the end of a long week of working from home with a locally crafted drink from one of Kinsale’s award-winning beverage producers!


Blacks Brewery was founded by husband and wife team, Sam and Maudeline Black in May 2013. It first began many years ago when Maudeline gave Sam a home brewing kit for Valentine’s Day. What started as a hobby quickly developed into an obsession and thus through Sam’s passion and enthusiasm Blacks of Kinsale became a reality, spawning our slogan “Living the Dream Since 2013” In 2015 they added a Distillery to the Brewery site in Kinsale. This made them the first ever Co-Located Brewery and Distillery in Ireland, and the first Distillery on the Wild Atlantic Way. The production on Gin then Began in the Summer of 2015.

In 2018, the couple made history when they released Blacks Spiced Rum, Ireland’s first-ever Rum adding to the extensive list of craft beer and spirits.  Just weeks ago Blacks added to their success story when Blacks Golden Rum won Gold at the World Rum Awards. the leading Global Rum Awards were lead by a judging panel of International industry experts in the field.  Blacks Golden Rum was the only Rum to win Gold in its category and was also the only Irish Spirit to reach the podium.

Blacks consider themselves extremely fortunate as they have been able to shift their production focus to other areas and remain open during this global Pandemic. When it became clear there was a huge shortage of hand sanitizer across the country, Blacks decided to begin manufacturing and distribution. This sanitiser, which is available in different size bottles, is being donated to charities including Cork Simon Community and Volunteer Groups in Kinsale, while also being readily available to purchase from their webstore.

They have recently re-launched our online web shop which can be found at and have Free Delivery Nationwide on all orders. We have some limited offerings and mixed case specials which can only be found online and have just launched our 5 Litre mini Kegs also. For every order of Beer and Spirits customers will receive a free 50ml hand sanitiser and one is donated to a charity group in their name.

As a thank you for all the support they have received they would like to offer a 10% discount to readers using coupon code KINSALE10.

Some Suggestions for this weekend!

Blacks Gin is made with local Irish Heather Flowers and is a blend of citrus and spice. We recommend serving it with a wedge of grapefruit to complement the fresh grapefruit peel used in the distillation.


If you fancy a craft beer, why not try High VIZ ! This beer delivers a bitter experience that cannot be missed, with a heady mix of citrus, passionfruit and grapefruit!


Why not start the weekend with Blacks award winning Golden Rum! Perfect on ice or go for the classic rum and coke with a wedge of lime !


Kinsale Mead Co was founded by Kate and Denis Dempsey in 2016 to rediscover the ancient art of mead making and to create a delicious, refreshing new Irish drink. They lovingly hand-craft each batch with care and passion and source the best natural ingredients. They make their meads at their meadery in Kinsale, the first in Ireland in 200 years.

The inspiration for their meads comes from sourcing natural ingredients from the local region as well as reflecting the rich tapestry of trading and maritime history in Kinsale and its stunning location in West Cork at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Although the Meadery is currently closed to the public and to tours, Kate and Denis have been kept busy bottling their Irish Wildflower limited edition Mead made with 100% local honey from legendary West Cork beekeeper, Paul Kelly as well as running their e-shop.


Atlantic Dry Mead is a great introduction to traditional style meads, beautifully crisp with a lovely citrus honey flavour, great with seafood or olives.

Wild Red Mead is fermented off-dry with Wexford blackcurrants, dark cherries and raw honey, deliciously smooth and drinkable, fantastic with good quality chocolate or a barbecue!

And for a sunny Kinsale day, Hazy Summer Mead is a fabulous, fruity, off-dry berry mead with generous strawberry & raspberry flavours. Lightly chilled or over ice with berries.

Kinsale Mead are delivering locally and all over Ireland for free until May Day. Order on their e-shop:  for contactless delivery to your door or send as a gift to someone you can’t visit at the moment.

To keep up to date with news and special offers from the meadery, subscribe to their new newsletter here




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