Irish publicans in Boston get together

From left: Tim Sheehan, Chief Executive of L Knife & Co (Great Brewers) with The Porterhouse Group’s Liam Laharte and Oliver Hughes at the Irish Pubs Global event in Boston.
From left: Tim Sheehan, Chief Executive of L Knife & Co (Great Brewers) with The Porterhouse Group’s Liam Laharte and Oliver Hughes at the Irish Pubs Global event in Boston.

A historic event brought together Irish pub owners and managers in the Boston area recently.

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9 September 2013

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It was hosted by L Knife & Company and its Great Brewers Brand, attended by the Consul General for Ireland Breandan O’Caollai.  L Knife is a 100 year-old family-owned beer distribution company with over 1,000,0000 sq ft of distribution space throughout the US.
For Irish Pubs Global – which is running the two-day ‘Gathering’ conference in Dublin on 30th September & 1st October this year – this was the final in a series of four US events promoting the Gathering, bringing together owners and managers of Irish pubs around the world.

The format in each city was different in that one event comprised a seminar in Washington while another was held in the Irish Consulate in New York or with a pub group in Chicago.

“We’ve found that going through distributors like L Knife and Great Brewers is perhaps the best way to connect with Irish pub owners in the US” explained Irish Pubs Global’s Honorary President Enda   O’Coineen, adding, “as this company, for example, as one of the biggest, distributes over 250 beers including Guinness and other Irish brands – considered to be in the ‘Craft Brewing’ high growth sectors.  

“Previously we’d been working through brands and drink companies most of whom operate on a country-by-country, market-by-market/distributor basis and it’s been difficult to fit into their business models.”

L Knife & Co’s Chief Executive Tim Sheehan, who hosted the Boston event (and who’d travelled to Ireland last July for Dr Pearse Lyons’ Alltech Craft Brewing & Distilling Conference) believes in the concept of linking up Irish pubs around the globe and wants to support this development.

He added that it was a good way for his business to support and connect with its customers and individual pub owners while it’s an ideal way to promote and develop Irish Pubs Global’s voluntary-based network.


 

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