Cheese specialist launches beer and cider spreads

The Company..

The producer of the Dart Mountain range of artisan cheeses, has launched a series of beer and cider flavoured jelly spread.


The company, which is run by husband and wife team Kevin and Julie Hickey is based at Dungiven in Co Derry. It has developed the four-strong range of jellies using locally sourced artisan beers and cider under the ‘Wee Crafty” brand.


The novel spreads have been created by Mr Hickey, an experienced caterer, to accompany cheeses especially Dart Mountain’s successful range that now includes a goat’s milk product.


The small company has also developed a popular range of cereal products which have won a number of awards for quality and outstanding taste.

The Products..

The four spreads from the Food NI member, are:


Armagh Craft Cider using Long Meadow Cider from Loughgall in Co Armagh. This is best paired with Dart’s Sperrin Blue and Carraig Ban goat’s cheese.


Derry IPA using an India Pale Ale from Heaney Brewery, a beer with a hint of spice and a full malty body. This flavour is great with any of Dart Mountain’s cheeses.


Irish Kolsch using beer from Northbound Brewery in Derry, a sweet and fruity ale honey for cheese or to glaze any meat, vegetables or added to stews.


Dark Ale from Lacada Brewery in Portrush, a sweet and malty ale for glazing roasts and vegetables or with cheese.


The spreads are all available in 100g jars.


Mr Hickey, who founded Tamlagh Foods in 2012 with wife Julie, says:

“Creating the new range of jelly spreads made business sense because of our longstanding knowledge gained producing a range of six artisan cheeses. We wanted to develop products using beers and cider from other local producers. The new spreads are also based on the success we’ve enjoyed, especially in competitions such as UK Great Taste, with our relishes and chutneys,” he adds.