New Cork distillery becomes viral sensation in India

New Cork distillery becomes viral sensation in India
Robert Barrett and his wife Bhagya recently opened the first new distillery in Cork city in almost 50 years.

The first distillery in Cork city in almost 50 years has become a viral sensation in India. 

Rebel City Distillery has appeared on national television as well as numerous regional and national newspapers, including The Times of India, The Hindu, Indian Express, New Indian Express and other publications. 

The new gin and rum distillery in the old Ford Motor Company in the Marina Commercial Park was officially opened by husband and wife duo Robert and Bhagya Barrett last month.

The couple launched their first product, Maharani gin in July with plans to start production of a new rum next year.

Robert and Bhagya are also planning on opening up the distillery in September to the public for tours and tastings with a gin school to follow.

Speaking about the attention Rebel City Distillery is receiving in India Robert, who is also the Head Distiller said the couple have been blown away by the local and international support. 

"Our phones, emails, and DMs are buzzing 24/7, we are so delighted by the support from India, in particular, Kerala, where my wife Bhagya is from. 

"The support from India can only be matched by the support we’ve received here at home in Cork," he said.

"We have not yet entered the Indian market but hope to do so next year," Robert continued. 

A Cork city native, Robert initially began his career in Cooley Distillery in County Louth before emigrating to Vancouver and working with Central City Brewers and Distillers, establishing their distillery focusing on whisky, gin and vodka.

Upon returning to Ireland, Robert worked for FDT Consulting as a Consultant Distiller, until July 2019.

With the lifelong dream of establishing his own distillery, Robert along with his wife Bhagya took the plunge and set up Rebel City Distillery.

Bhagya hails from Kerala, India and is a software engineer by trade.

Her expansive career has seen her work in the large cities of Chennai and Madrid before her move to Ireland.

The new gin is a celebration of the fusion of Cork and Keralan cultures.

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