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Brighton Gin launches Gin Baubles!

Brighton Gin launches Gin Baubles!

For the first time ever the team at Brighton Gin made their beloved Pride bottles into miniatures! And not just that... they're also baubles! Even more painstakingly hand-crafted than any other bottle of Brighton Gin, these ginny delights can be hung up. You can even...

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Jonny Wells talks about the Autumn Installation

Jonny Wells talks about the Autumn Installation

Jonny commented: “It was a great event..its great to see more people joining the Guild, some of my colleagues have joined today….It has been great to see people from around the world being installed, with great diversity, as well as from England and Scotland.”

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Master of Malt return with Gin Advent Calendars

Master of Malt return with Gin Advent Calendars

In recent years advent calendars have gone in all kinds of directions, housing just about everything from beauty products to rubber ducks. But for those of us who can’t get enough of all things juniper, December isn’t advent, it’s gin-vent. There’s nothing wrong with...

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Four Pillars and Gyre & Gimble triumph at IWSC 2023 awards

Four Pillars and Gyre & Gimble triumph at IWSC 2023 awards

We’re delighted to announce that Gyre & Gimble have won the IWSC 2023 UK Gin Producer Trophy, and Four Pillars the IWSC 2023 International Gin Producer Trophy, sponsored by The Gin Guild. Gyre & Gimble Gyre & Gimble began in late 2019 between two friends...

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A Moment in Gin History Up For Auction

A Moment in Gin History Up For Auction

A photographer accidentally captured a moment in gin history in Cognac, France Monday 13 June, 2013; the moment of Gin Guild member Gary Regan’s first ever ‘Finger-Stirred Negroni’. L-R Hidetsugu Ueno, Peter Dorelli, Philip Duff*, Salvatore Calabrese*, Jean-Sébastien...

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Deadline for World Gin Awards: 1st October

Deadline for World Gin Awards: 1st October

Are you ready to be recognised on a global stage for all your hard work and dedication? With over 10 categories available including a brand-new Colour-Changing Gin category. You can stand out and compete against the best of the best.  Don’t miss your chance to enter the prestigious World Gin Awards 2024!

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Brighton Gin take on local pub

Brighton Gin take on local pub

An exciting Pop-Up has been announced by the team at Brighton Gin: they are opening a brand new venture, running the Bottom's Rest pub. The team have taken on the wonderful Bottom's Rest, the pub behind the Old Market Theatre, to run it Brighton Gin stylie! Serving...

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Serbian Juniper Harvest update from Beacon Commodities

Serbian Juniper Harvest update from Beacon Commodities

The 2023 Juniper harvest is fast approaching, and Tommy from Beacon Commodities has just returned from Serbia. He was meeting collectors and inspecting the prospects for the new crop with harvest due to start in September. Good quantities starting to ripen Predictions...

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Online Auction of distilling equipment – Ends 9th August

Online Auction of distilling equipment – Ends 9th August

We have been notified that Sweeney Kincaid are holding an online auction of the distilling equipment from Verdant Spirits in Dundee. View lots and place bids now: https://www.sweeneykincaid.com/Auctions/SaleDetail/4209 ONLINE AUCTION (Dundee) Closing from 11am...

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Another lifetime achievement award for Desmond Payne

Another lifetime achievement award for Desmond Payne

At the 17th annual Spirited Awards in New Orleans at Tales of the Cocktail® on 27th July 2023 the incoming Grand Rectifier of the Gin Guild Desmond Payne was awarded the Helen David Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the world of cocktails. The award...

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New UK Alcohol Duty regime from August 2023

New UK Alcohol Duty regime from August 2023

As members may be aware, a new regime for Alcohol Duty in the United Kingdom begins on 1st August 2023, here is how Duty is going to be calculated: GIN (MUST BE 37.5% ABV OR HIGHER) All spirits with an ABV exceeding 22% will have a duty rate of £31.64 per litre of...

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Get your digital copy of the Gin annual today

Get your digital copy of the Gin annual today

Gin is an annual publication brought to you by the team behind the world-renowned drinks titles, Gin Magazine and Whisky Magazine. This publication features in-depth articles on distilleries and industry figures from around the globe, highlighting both established...

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Alcohol Duty changes – 3 weeks to go

With just three weeks to go until its launch, the Gin Guild is incredibly disappointed that the government has persisted in burdening our industry and consumers further at a time when both are struggling with rising costs. The Government is pressing ahead with a...

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Turncoat Distillery employs new head distiller 

Liverpool’s Turncoat Distillery announces a major strategical move employing a new head distiller in Harrison Owen-Jones. Owen-Jones joins the Liverpool based craft distiller from The Lake District’s Willow Distillery, where he headed up their production of English...

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Caorunn Gin’s distillery to receive £4m upgrade

Caorunn Gin’s distillery to receive £4m upgrade

International Beverage Holdings, owners of Caorunn Scottish premium gin has finished a £4 million upgrade at its Balmenach distillery in Speyside. The distillery, which produces around three million litres of alcohol a year for blended whisky, is also home to the...

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Job Opportunity at Thames Distillers

Job Opportunity at Thames Distillers

London’s leading independent premium gin distiller and bottler Thames Distillers are recruiting for a Master Distiller to join their team, producing over sixty different gins for clients of all sizes.

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Emma Watson and brother Alex create Renais Gin

Emma Watson and brother Alex create Renais Gin

Renais, the gin brand from Alex and Emma Watson has announced its launch in the UK this summer, promising to bring an elegant taste of the Chablis wine region to the UK in time for the spring and summer months. Renais has announced its launch in the UK this summer,...

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Brad Pitt launches The Gardener Gin with Tom Nichol

Brad Pitt launches The Gardener Gin with Tom Nichol

Described as a "French Riviera Gin", The Gardener Gin has been crafted by Master distiller and Gin Guild Lifetime achievement award winner Tom Nichol, and is set to make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival later this year. This premium, London-dry style gin takes...

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Get set for… World Gin Day 2023

Get set for… World Gin Day 2023

World Gin Day is fast approaching (50 days from today 21st April), and we wanted to help members with suggestions of activities to take an active part in this worldwide celebration of our wonderful spirit. Originating in 2009, World Gin Day, which happens each year on...

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Berry Bros. & Rudd acquire stake in Cotswolds Distillery

Berry Bros. & Rudd acquire stake in Cotswolds Distillery

It has been announced that Berry Bros. & Rudd will be taking a minority stake in Cotswolds Distillery, a producer of super-premium spirits based in Stourton, Warwickshire. BBR's CEO, Emma Fox will also join the board of Cotswolds Distillery. Cotswolds' impressive...

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Liverpool-based Turncoat Distillery saved from closure

Liverpool-based Turncoat Distillery saved from closure

Turncoat Distillery which closed its doors at the beginning of December 2022 after six years in operation has been saved by Liverpool entrepreneur, Edward Ridding. Production at the distillery ceased back in December 2022 after its founder, Terry Langton announced via...

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Gin Magazine Awards 2023 Winners announced

Gin Magazine Awards 2023 Winners announced

At a ceremony in London the 2023 winners of the Icons of Gin, World Gin Awards and Gin Magazine Hall of Fame 2023 were announced. The awards – presented by Gin Magazine – were held at the Waldorf Hilton, London, marking the first time the awards have occurred...

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Tickets for Gin Industry Annual Dinner now on sale

Tickets for Gin Industry Annual Dinner now on sale

Tickets for the Gin Industry Annual Dinner and Guild Spring Installation at London’s Guildhall are now on sale - book early and save £££s before the end of February. Involved in the Gin industry or a Gin Guild member? Celebrate the first decade of the Gin Guild with...

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NÄO Spirits & the Gin Guild create Jay Dhawan scholarship

NÄO Spirits & the Gin Guild create Jay Dhawan scholarship

Nao Spirits, in association with the Gin Guild, announces the Jay Dhawan Scholarship, a full scholarship for one student every year from the Indian F&B sector to pursue an MSc in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University in the United Kingdom. In loving...

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Desmond Payne made Master Distiller Emeritus by Beefeater

Desmond Payne made Master Distiller Emeritus by Beefeater

Alexandre Ricard, CEO of Beefeater's owners, Pernod-Ricard has announced that iconic Master Distiller of Beefeater Gin and Gin Guild lifetime achievement award winner will in January 2023 take on the role of Master Distiller Emeritus. This is the first such position...

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Junipalooza confirmed for 10th June 2023

Junipalooza confirmed for 10th June 2023

Junipalooza, London's famed Gin festival which takes place the day after Ginposium is back! Dozens of gin makers serve up hundreds of expressions over a weekend of fun, celebrations and discovery at London's Tobacco Dock. Find out more about Junipalooza here

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Beefeater launches Crown Jewel Gin

Beefeater launches Crown Jewel Gin

At the world famous Tower of London on 10th November, the 325th anniversary of the birthdate of William Hogarth, famous for his Gin Lane visualisations, Gin Guild members Beefeater Gin launched Crown Jewel Gin as a permanent part of their core range of gins. In front...

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