Gloucester Brewery expands into gin distilling, with perhaps a rum chaser later


Award-winning Gloucester Brewery has launched its own range of artisan gins.

The new spirits come under the Fox’s Kiln Distillery brand – named after the Victorian Docks warehouse where the brewery lives, and where the gin is distilled and bottled.

Available in  four flavour: 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.

FKD4bottlesGloucester 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 long-planned project for Jared and the Gloucester Brewery team, and the 100-litre distillery was installed in January, before the current Coronavirus pandemic.

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

FKDRhubarb“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,” Jared 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,” Jared 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.”