Norman, with Anno Gin in hand, attended the grand opening of Brighton's new coolest restaurant '64 Degrees', last night. Tucked away in the Lanes of Brighton, chef Michael Bremner and his team serve up delightful plates of local produce. This is gastronomy at its best with extra entertainment as you can sit and watch as your dinner is prepared right before your eyes! His kitchen is packed with gadgets including water baths and dehydrators, and best of all, Anno Kent Dry Gin is on the menu!
A surprising phone call came this morning from Peter Wittlesea and the team at the BBC South East News. They wanted to come down to the distillery to let everyone know that history has returned to Kent, us being the first to distil gin in the county in over 200 years, as well as being Kent’s first Micro-Distillery. The only catch was they arrived an hour later to film and we should be on the news tonight!
As the gin market expands and artisan is in vogue, craft distillation is becoming a big thing in the UK following on from the American trend. After the licencing laws changed in 2009, allowing us to make gin on a smaller scale, craft gins are beginning to flood the UK market and as the consumer becomes more educated the days are disappearing for marketing companies who get mass producers to make their products for them. Norman was on hand to talk through the chemistry behind distillation.
Fantastic night in the beautiful scenery of the Chelsea Physic Gardens, surrounded by many wonderful gins from all over the world thanks to Fever Tree's 'G&T Fever', in celebration of the quintessentially British G&T. The event allowed guests to taste their way through a huge selection of gins, one may argue it being one of the largest gin collections in one evening. All for a fantastic cause with £10 from every ticket going towards the fight against Malaria through Malaria No More. If you want to know more about the connection between Malaria and the G&T, click here for our history page under 'Tropical Gin': http://www.annodistillers.co.uk/content/history-gin
We are pleased to announce that the Anno Distillery has a premise licence, so you lucky people will soon be able to come and visit the distillery for tours and gin tastings and we will be able to sell direct from our door!
The Distillery is starting to look a lot smaller with all these exciting goodies turning up! 11 pallets of bottles and boxes of corks and capsules...
For those who don’t know, our beautiful 300 litre copper-pot still is named Patience, we thought this was an appropriate name for her after she was delivered and put together, yet we couldn’t use her due to licencing delays.
It's photos like this that make you realise how big Patience is – Norman looks tiny up the ladder
Anno Distillers have taken another step forward to being fully operational with the launch of our web site. We do hope that you find lots of interesting information about us, the distillery and of course Patience our beautiful copper pot still. Over the next few weeks we will launch our online shop so that you can buy our Kent Gin directly. We will update the site regularly with the latest news, including the list of retail outlets where our products are stocked and events that we will be attending so do check to see what is happening. You can also find us on both Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on life in the Anno Distillery. If you have any questions or comments or would just like to know more about Anno then please get in touch via the Contact Us page.