Beefeater Tour

Way back in February 2012, when I had money and a more active social life, I went on an London Cocktail Society tour of the Beefeater Distillery. That night turned into a bit of a tour of London bars (trust the Gin monkey to know all the good places) but before that, the tour was led by Desmond Payne, who walked us through how Beefeater made their gin and lots of other things relating to gin and his gin knowledge is vast! There were several questions about why they weren’t open to the public and since then, they’ve done that.20120227-082910.jpgChristelle and I had been talking about using the times we see each other to do things rather than just dinner and drinking and so for her birthday, I thought that a trip around Beefeater might be interesting. We finally found the time this month.

The distillery only has nine staff (including the tour guides) so it’s probably for practical reasons that the first half of the tour is self guided. It walks you through the history of the gin craze, the rise of ‘gentlemen distillers’ after 1820, the rise of the cocktail and prohibition in the US. img_5992There’s some videos about making gin and about Desmond Payne, who is 70 this year and getting on for 50 years in the drinks industry.

I really liked the wall of old adverts, because you know how I feel about that kind of thing.img_5991img_5980After that, we were led up to where the action happens. The tour guide took us through the botanicals that go into the various gins and up to the stills (no photos of that for health and safety reasons!) and then a gin and tonicimg_5985There is a shop where you can buy gin and beefeater related products. All in it took about an hour and a half and is a fun thing to do…

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2 Responses to Beefeater Tour

  1. Pingback: February Photos – Part Two | Nic Dempsey

  2. Looks great! I hope you had a good time… Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    If you have time, please check out my latest post about Brick &Liquor Cocktail bar – and let me know what you think!

    Happy blogging! x

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