Beer and Cheese Tour
On this tour, you’ll meet two of Derry’s pioneering artisan craft food producers: Northbound Brewery and Dart Mountain Cheese. The flavour journey begins with a short drive to Northbound’s site in Campsie, where David and Martina Rogers produce their hand-crafted premium beers. With the brewery’s equipment and the smell of malt and hops around you, you’ll sample the award-winning products from bottles or directly from the tanks (you might even partake in some blind tasting to test your knowledge, too) and hear first-hand how the Rogers turned a passion for craft beer into a thriving business.
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Thirst fully quenched, you’re off to the heart of the Sperrin Mountains; an area of outstanding natural beauty, and home to the much-celebrated Dart Mountain Cheese. There, you’ll meet owners Julie and Kevin Hickey, who made their home here in a centuries-old hunting lodge, and transformed a disused farm shed into a modern cheesemaking unit. (It’s also home to their range of chutneys, Wee Crafty Irish Craft Brew spreads and more.) These cheeses – all prize-winners in their own right, and inspired by local landscape and history – are handcrafted and traditionally made in small batches. You’ll tour the site, enjoy some ultra-delicious samples, hear the stories behind these products, and breathe in, not just fresh mountain air, but the aroma of cheese all around you (nowhere more than in the last maturing room, home to the particularly punchy Sperrin Blue cheese).