Run by Dublin publicans, for Dublin publicans
for 200 years
The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) is celebrating its 200 year long history in 2017, making it the longest running Irish trade association with an unbroken history. To mark Association’s proud history the LVA and Dublin Pubs plan to celebrate with a calendar of events providing the opportunity to reflect on 200 years of Dublin Pub heritage whilst also looking forward to the future of the Dublin Licensed Trade.
The highlight of the year has been the Hooley in the House night of celebration for LVA members on 31 March in the Mansion House. As well as this the LVA are working with suppliers on some commemorative drinks collaborations exclusively for LVA member pubs. At the end of 2017 the Association hopes to have raised a significant sum of money to donate to charity, which will make a lasting difference in people’s lives and give back to the Dublin community. The LVA looks forward to meeting all members at the various events throughout the year and making 2017 a year to remember.
1 March: Powers 1817 Whiskey launch
The LVA teamed up with Powers to launch a limited edition Powers 1817 Whiskey available exclusively in LVA member Dublin pubs. Triple distilled and non-chill filtered, this 10 year old Powers 1817 Release is a Single Pot Still Whiskey which is the traditional style of Irish whiskey that was renowned across the globe and in every Dublin pub in 1817. Characterised by full, spicy and wonderfully complex flavours, Single Pot Still Whiskey is a whiskey style considered the truest expression of Irish whiskey.
Powers Irish Whiskey’s long association with the Dublin pub trade goes back to its founder James Power, himself a publican, who in 1791 set up shop on Johns Lane just off Thomas Street in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties. One of the first of the Dublin distilleries to bottle in house, Powers chose to work with Dublin publicans to build a much-loved brand by continuing to also supply whiskey directly by barrel as well as by bottle.For the bartenders of many Dublin pubs their first job would be ‘tapping the barrel’, watching the golden liquid flow into the bottles. Powers 1817 will be available exclusively to LVA members and will be in limited supply.
March – Sept: Dublin Amber Beer available in LVA Member Pubs
The LVA begin the year of celebrations with the launch of a limited edition celebration small batch beer Dublin Amber which will be available exclusively in Dublin pubs from March to September. This special brew will be reflective of the type of ale that was popular in 1817 when the Association was founded. 50 cents from every pint purchased will go to ALONE on behalf of the Dublin Licensed Trade. This contribution would comprise of 25 cents from the publican who opts to stock the beer and 25 cents from Diageo, per pint. It’s hoped that by the end of 2017 the LVA and Diageo will make a significant donation to this very worthwhile charity on behalf of the publicans of Dublin.
The selected charity is ALONE, a national organisation that supports older people to age at home. Alone work with those who are experiencing difficulties with loneliness, ill health, poverty, poor housing or homelessness. By supporting older people through their befriending network and their support co-ordination team ALONE helps older people through their challenges and links them in with the relevant services they need to live independently in their community. ALONE relies heavily of the generosity and support of the public and business in Ireland towards the day to day running of its services. The Charity has over 500 active volunteers that are trained and supported by professional staff. 100% of all donations goes directly to providing services to older people in need.
“We are delighted that the Licensed Vintners Association has chosen ALONE to be the selected charity benefitting from the kindness of Dublin Publicans and their customers. We are very grateful and look forward to using the donation to make a real difference to the work of ALONE and create a lasting legacy on behalf of Dublin pubs. We looking forward to working with the LVA and Diageo to jointly promote this exciting initiative.”
Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE
31st March: Hooley in the House
The Round Room at the Mansion House was filled to capacity as more than 530 publicans enjoyed the social highlight of the year with a night of dining, dancing and top entertainment to mark 200 years of the best pubs in the world. This is an unique opportunity for the Dublin licensed trade to celebrate and reflect on shared successes.
The LVA secured some top Irish entertainment for the evening, with music by Mundy and a few added surprises on the night including comedy from Apres Match.
Best of the Best Pub Awards
In recognition of this special year the LVA launched the Best of the Best Pub Awards which were the focal point of the Hooley in the House. The winners were crowned on the evening with Kehoe’s, South Anne St picking up the Best Pub award and The Bank on College Green taking home the Best Pub for Food. These awards were voted for solely by the publicans of Dublin and both pubs were delighted to get recognition from their peers.
Significantly the awards were in remembrance of our great friend and former Chairman Oliver Hughes. Oliver who founded the Porterhouse group, was himself was a leading light in the industry, so it will be a fitting way to remember one of the best by celebrating the best pubs in Dublin.
3 May: Members Annual General Meeting
We held our AGM at Dublin’s oldest pub, The Brazen Head. All members were invited to attend this event where we presented our Annual Report and celebrated our 200 year history with some social drinks following the meeting.
1 June – 27 August 2017: Little Museum of Dublin exhibition
The award-winning Little Museum of Dublin at St Stephen’s Green will be hosting a major new exhibition on the rich history of the Dublin Pub, in association with the LVA and Diageo this summer. The goal is to celebrate the role of pubs at the centre of life in Dublin for the past 200 years.
The exhibition will be made up of various sections including classic pubs, trends, architecture, pubs in books, TV and the movies, pubs and politics, pubs reflecting change in society (eg the emergence of dance halls) and how pubs themselves have changed over the years. The exhibition, will be open to the public will be interactive as well as informative will run during peak tourist season.
20th June: Bicentenary book launch
The LVA will be launching a commemorative book which they have teamed up with Powers to produce. The publication will reflect on and celebrate 200 years of the Dublin Pub. The book which is being written by historian to the trade, Eamonn Casey looks back on the history of the capital’s pubs and the Licensed Vintners Association, and how it was intertwined with the social history of the time.
It examines how the Dublin pub has evolved since 1817, when the LVA was first established and charts the colourful history of pubs in the capital right up to the present day. The publication also contains some beautiful historic imagery and amusing anecdotes from our 200 years of history.
20th June: Summer Garden Party
This event which will take place in the grounds of the LVA HQ is sure to be a popular date in publican’s diaries as the Dublin Licensed Trade come together to mark our bicentenary year.
Food, drink and music will be provided on the night and we would encourage as many members as possible to come out and celebrate with us.
November: Charity Donation
Following the sales of our exclusive Dublin Amber beer the LVA will be revealing how much was raised and making the charitable donation to ALONE on behalf of all of our members.
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