THE son of Belfast TV legend Eamonn Holmes has launched his own brand of beer.
Entrepreneur Declan Holmes, 26, unveiled his Gallopers Craft Beer recently with his showbiz dad by his side.
In just a few months Declan has achieved significant listings in the trade throughout Northern Ireland and now has plans to bring the brand to the export market.
The beer is named after the mythical ghost Galloper Thompson who is said to roam the streets around North Belfast where Eamonn grew up.
Declan said: “The Gallopers name was my dad’s suggestion when we were brainstorming what would be a recognisable Northern Ireland brand.
“His mother used to threaten him and my uncles that they had to be home at night before Galloper Thompson got them.
“I’m delighted that the headless horseman legend is getting a new lease of life with a younger generation, but the most important thing is that people like the taste and come back for more.
“I worked hard in developing the recipe and made sure that we had quality Irish malted barley included as a vital ingredient to ensuring a smooth taste experience that appeals to all craft beer drinkers.”
Anzac Wholesale in Ballycastle are managing sales and distribution and have been at the forefront of developing the craft beer market in Northern Ireland.
Managing Director, Garry Connolly is equally pleased with the new addition to his portfolio.
He said: “The Craft Beer market has really taken off in Northern Ireland, particularly in the last year where microbreweries and local brands have been overtaking the imported brews.
“This represents a fantastic opportunity for young entrepreneurs like Declan who have developed a strong niche in the market with a brand that is capturing the imagination of consumers and is supporting strong trade listings.
“At Anzac we led the way in introducing craft beers to the local market and we choose our brands carefully. Gallopers is not only a strong product but Declan is out and about with our sales team, proactively promoting the beer and taking on board any suggestions they make.
“That is crucially important to the trade who like to see that suppliers are listening and responding to their needs.”
Not a problem for Declan who has had a lot of experience in the drinks trade both behind the bar and in sales.
“Entrepreneurial spirit runs in the family so I’m determined to make this a success not just in Northern Ireland but to take the legend of Galloper into Great Britain and further afield. So watch this space.”