SB meets… Andy Gascoigne, Haworth Steam

The former rugby league player turned publican discusses his career off the pitch, opening his first venue and the creation of his sweet shop-inspired gins. Where did your interest in the drinks industry come from? I used to be a professional sportsman, playing rugby league, but at the end of my career I didn’t know what to do. I had a beautiful house in the foothills of the Pennines and my wife Mandy and I…

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Plans approved for £1.5m Whitby Distillery

English gin maker Whitby Distillery has been granted planning approval for the construction of a new £1.5 million (US$1.9m) distillery in North Yorkshire. Whitby Distillery, which produces Whitby Gin, has been granted approval to construct the new distillery in two derelict barns on the south-west corner of the Whitby Abbey grounds. Luke Pentith, co-founder of Whitby Distillery, said: “This is absolutely wonderful news. We’d like to say a big thank you to Scarborough Council and…

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Snoop Dogg creates Indoggo Gin

Rapper Snoop Dogg has launched a new gin brand infused with strawberry flavours in the US, called Indoggo. Described as being made with a “laid-back California style”, Indoggo Gin is made with seven botanicals, including orange, coriander and cassia, and infused with a strawberry flavour. It has been distilled five times and is made with no added sugar.  Snoop Dogg partnered with his friend Keenan Towns, co-founder of Trusted Spirits, a drinks supplier that develops…

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Copperworks ages gin in Laphroaig and Caol Ila casks

US distiller Copperworks has unveiled two gins matured in casks that previously held peated Scotch whiskies from Laphroaig and Caol Ila. Copperworks Distilling Company filled casks from Islay distilleries Laphroaig and Caol Ila with its Small Batch Gin. The Laphroaig cask was left to rest for seven months and the Caol Ila cask was matured for 10 months. “We’re intrigued by how different these two releases are,” said Jason Parker, Copperworks co-founder and president. “The…

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WSTA creates distillery map for ‘staycationers’

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has created an interactive map to help those looking to holiday in Britain discover some of the nation’s best distilleries. The interactive map has been designed to help ‘staycationers’ find vineyards and distilleries offering tours, tastings and places to eat and stay on site, with more than 50 locations listed across the country. Users can click on a spirit bottle for more information about distilleries and websites outlining…

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