– ‘Black Bush and Leatherwork’ will bring together the worlds of Irish Whiskey and leather craft –


Bushmills® Irish Whiskey will continue the #BlackBushStories collaborative event series this month, showcasing and celebrating the stories of Irish talent who have gone against the grain to follow their passion and become champions in their chosen field.


August’s collaboration with Belfast leatherworker, Jason Karayiannis, will see the designer and maker host a hands-on workshop at Blaklist Belfast on Thursday 30th August in association with Bushmills Irish Whiskey Ambassador and acclaimed bartender, Paul Rocks.


The driving force behind his company, Father’s Father, Jason creates handmade leather goods that represent quality and utility in the very purest sense. One of the few artisan makers still employing the traditions of leather and craft to create unique products with a contemporary purpose, Jason’s collection includes beautiful yet functional items such as travel wallets, card holders and belts.


Inspired by the supreme craftsmanship, passion and care that goes into the premium blend of Bushmills® Black Bush®, #BlackBushStories celebrates those who challenge traditional thinking in their fields and live outside the box. A passion for traditional craft and a knack for creating rich products with modern functionality makes Jason – who is on a journey to modernise his family’s ancestral legacy in leather craft – one of Ireland’s most noteworthy emerging artists. The collaboration forms part of the immersive event series which tells the stories of independent, spirited and extraordinary talent across Ireland and aims to inspire others to follow their own passions – whatever they may be.


The ‘Black Bush and Leatherwork’ interactive event will open with Paul delivering an educational tasting session on some of Bushmills’ best-loved whiskeys, sharing the history and heritage of the iconic Irish brand. Attendees will then have the opportunity to hear about Jason’s story and partake in a leatherwork masterclass where each guest will make and take home their own initialled leather coaster and bookmark. Specially-created Black Bush drinks will also be served throughout the evening.


As part of the collaboration, Jason has created a limited edition ‘Bushmills x Father’s Father’ leather hip flask made from a single piece of full grain vegetable tanned leather. The essential companion for whiskey enthusiasts, ten of these limited edition hip flasks are available to win at

To register for ‘Black Bush and Leatherwork’ and to hear more about Jason’s story, visit To join in the conversation and keep up to date with the #BlackBushStories series, follow Bushmills Irish Whiskey on social media.