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 social media that all of the brand’s operations would be wound down. 

After significant investment and upgrades in the Liverpool-based distillery’s labelling and bottling facilities, production is expected to restart in early March with a hope that wholesale and retail sales will follow by April.

The Turncoat Distillery has amongst its portfolio of craft cocktail bitters and premium spirits, the unique Cascade Gin; which takes its name from the inclusion of cascade hops in its botanicals. These are traditionally used in the production of craft beers and bring a unique flavour profile to the gin. 

Edward Ridding rescues Turncoat GinsEdward commented:

“I’ve been working hard since Terry made the decision to close the doors at Turncoat to secure its future and make sure that the brand doesn’t disappear into obscurity. As a huge fan of the brand and its products from day one, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to take the reins of the business and help secure its future. My immediate plans are to get the distillery back up and running and fulfil the demand of our loyal customers.

My team and I will also be working hard to increase our footprint across the UK over the next 12 months. On a personal note, I have to acknowledge the great work done by Terry and his team and wish them all the luck for the future and thank all the wonderful customers who have already shown me a huge amount of support.”

Turncoat Distillery was set up in 2016 by Terry and Joanne Langton, with the promise of being an independent brand for independent drinkers. The brand produces a range of premium craft gins and vodka as well as offering a great range of premium cocktail bitters from its distillery located in Liverpool’s Baltic Quarter. 

Edward Ridding was the co-founder of Liverpool’s first Spanish Pinchos Bar, Roja Pinchos. His career has also seen him work for the soft drinks brand, Vimto and the gin brand, Bombay Sapphire.