Food & drink

Powers Irish Whiskey launches artisan event series to celebrate World Whiskey Day

The Powers X event series will include a whiskey and cheese tasting experience with Mike’s Fancy Cheese in Belfast next week. 

BEER, definitely. COFFEE, sure. Chocolate? OK. But wood? Plants and crafts?

Trust Powers, whiskey really can, and does, go with everything and anything.

The world-famous Powers brand is teaming up with some of Northern Ireland’s best artisans to host a series of immersive whiskey-influenced events and experiences this month to celebrate World Whiskey Day next Saturday, May 21.

The Powers X event series will showcase a variety of local artisan brands and producers at a series of intimate events and at-home experiences.

Whether you’re a whiskey lover, foodie, coffee buff, plant addict, or into crafts, there’s something on the programme to suit every taste.

Promising to ‘level up your whiskey knowledge’ whilst giving people a taste of the best of local artisan produce and experiences, the events will appeal to whiskey enthusiasts but also to those that want to try something new.

The programme kicked off on Wednesday with an intimate event with Lucid Coffee Roasters, where founder and local coffee expert Stephen Houston joined forces with Powers Irish Whiskey Ambassador Joe Magowan to reveal how to make the perfect Irish coffee, while Thursday brought a whiskey and wood workshop with Justin Wood in Bangor.

The diverse events programme runs through to World Whiskey Day and beyond.

Tomorrow evening, Saturday, there’s a chocolate and whiskey tasting and tour at NearyNógs’ factory in the Mournes.

Other events will include a whiskey and cheese tasting experience with Mike’s Fancy Cheese in Belfast; a whiskey and beer tasting evening with Bullhouse Beer Co in east Belfast; a plants and crafts workshop with Wild Thing in Donaghadee; and a whiskey dinner at the Deer’s Head, Belfast plus an at-home artisan whiskey tasting experience on World Whiskey Day itself.

Sarah Harvey, brand manager for Powers Irish Whiskey in Northern Ireland said: “Building on the success of our work with local artisans over the last two years, we’re proud to partner with some of NI’s leading makers to present the Powers X event series in celebration of World Whiskey Day.

“There’s a natural synergy between the care and craft that’s crucial to the whiske- making process and each of our hand-picked artisans.

“These events aren’t just for World Whiskey Day; we hope the Powers X event series will be the launchpad for a regular series of whiskey themed events, where we can continue to share our knowledge and passion for the craft of Irish whiskey.”

Joe Magowan, Irish Whiskey ambassador for Dillon Bass added: “We’re pairing up with a great line-up of artisan businesses, producers and makers this May for this series of intimate events and experiences that will appeal to whiskey enthusiasts, as well as those that are curious, or want to try something new.”

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