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Gloucester Brewery expands into gin production

Well-known for its award-winning beers, Gloucester Brewery is delving into a new market and has expanded its business to launch its own range of premium artisan gins.

This new range of spirits come under the Fox's Kiln Distillery brand which is named after the Victorian Docks warehouse the brewery calls home and where the gin is distilled and bottled.

They come in four flavours which are the quintessential 'go with everything' Classic, a raspberry and rose Pink Gin, Rhubarb & Ginger and Blood Orange and they are made using natural ingredients many of which are sourced locally.

Gloucester Brewery managing director Jared Brown said: "We pride ourselves on producing hand crafted, small batch gins using only the finest natural botanicals and real fruits. 

"Nothing artificial goes in our gins and often our fruits and flowers are picked locally from Over farm which makes them totally unique."

As well as its four original flavours, it is also bringing out a special Elderflower Gin this summer which is a collaboration with Over Farm. It is made using elderflowers handpicked from the farm, near Gloucester, and it will be available to buy online and also at Over Farm Market.

The Fox's Kiln Distillery Gin range has been a real labour of love for Mr Brown and the Gloucester Brewery team. They have been perfecting the process and the flavours for almost a year and installed the 100-litre distillery in January.

Gloucester Brewery can make up to 100 70cl bottles at a time and it hopes to branch out into further spirits in the future.

"Right now, we are focused on gins, but vodka is likely to follow and being based in the historic Gloucester Docks we're itching to make a Rum at some point," Mr Brown added.

The brewery decided to go ahead with the launch of the gins despite the impact of COVID-19 on the business.

"We had been planning to release the gins just before lockdown was announced which of course delayed things slightly. In the end we decided to continue with the plans as we were unsure how long lockdown would last and were too excited to wait any longer," he said.

The new gin is not the only innovation during lockdown for the brewery which has also revamped its website and shop to be able to cater for the demand in online sales. It has also introduced free delivery to many local postcodes six days a week providing often a next-day service for customers.

"Lockdown has significantly changed how we operate as pre-lockdown most of our beer was put into cask and kegs then sent to pubs," Mr Brown said.

"Now nearly all of our beer is packaged into bottles and cans and delivered directly to people's homes in the local area. It's great to have this support from our customers and to know even if they can't make it to the pub, they still love drinking our beer."

All the Fox's Kiln Distillery Gins are available for just £29 a bottle for the month of June. To find out more about Fox's Kiln Distillery and to buy online visit www.gloucesterbrewery.co.uk 

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