Sussex has asserted its place at the top of the league table for artisan, bespoke and small batch Gin brands in the UK.
The luscious countryside and prime coastal location provides for exclusive local botanical ingredients and boutique distilleries. From vegan and ethically minded to experimental and globally influenced, these are just some of the reasons why Sussex Gin Fest 2019 will be showcasing the absolute best home-grown brands that our county has to offer. But it doesn’t stop there…
As well as alternative alcoholic tempters on the day, we will be featuring global and nationwide gins in our festival Zones and Bars. What to expect:
- The Botanical Gin Garden
- Gins of the World
- Best of the Rest
- … and not to forget our largest zone, Sussex Gins
Read more below about our Gin, Ale and Beer vendors, as well as our Official Mixer Partner for 2019 - Folkington’s Artisan Mixers.
Inspired by global travels, Jarrold’s have combined UK and Dutch traditions with accents of foreign botanicals to create modern classics.
Jarrold’s London Dry perfectly balances a rich botanical combination: Persian limes, Grains of Paradise, Coriander, Angelica, Cardamom and Calamus.
This award-winning Gin combines six aromatic botanicals. Crisp and bright, Tom Cat leaves the drinker with a warm finish of Orange.
Tom Cat sources pure Sussex mineral water from Pear Tree Well: 120ft deep and under a 5ft thick layer of rock, this mineral rich, unique water rounds off the Gin with a natural full flavour.
Bottled, stamped and labelled by hand, every batch of Harley House is of limited stock.
One of their much loved staples, Sussex Blue, is not only inspired and named after the Sussex Adonis Blue butterfly, but changes colour from royal navy to candy pink once a premium mixer has been added.
From the ingredients to the wax dip, Brighton Gin is proudly Vegan (and Gluten Free). This brand specialise in sourcing from local traders and Milk thistle straight from the South Downs.
Zesty, fresh, botanic blends and organic ingredients make this Gin a local classic. You may also see their Gin customized bike delivering local orders!
Possibly one of the smallest distillery spaces in Sussex, Hove located brand, Madame Jennifer, offer two Gins that echo their Founder’s original professions.
Boasting twelve botanicals between them, The Biologist is a “bright, lively, citrus gin”, whereas The Chemist offers a “smooth, balanced, complex” drinking experience.
Chichester Harbour Gin pays homage to its proud shoreline location through three local suppliers of their fifteen botanicals: bayleaf, seaweed and juniper.
A tip from the distillers for drinking Chichester Harbour Gin: “Our favourite way to drink CHG&T is always a double, with lots of ice, a slice of lemon, a sprig of fresh mint and Indian tonic water.”
Generation 11 Sussex Dry “is a modern take on a classic London Dry Gin style”. Eight botanicals make up this contemporary/ traditional mix including zesty English coriander, spicy cardamom and pepper and lavender for lasting subtlety.
The term Generation 11 derives from historic family ties to King William and Queen Mary, who’s legacy, the Glorious Revolution, also included the transport of Jenever to England.
Incredibly smooth and citrusy, serving suggestions include mixing with a premium tonic and a slice sized portion of grapefruit juice over ice.
Blue Thorn features six botanicals including the unique addition of almond. Their gin is distilled in the historical Langley Distillery, who’s still’s date back to the 1800s.
Gin + Added Thought = Afterthought. This was the philosophy that named this lively local brand.
Crafting their gin with the ‘discerning’ drinker in mind, Afterthought combine the traditional favourites with other global botanicals as their individual stamp: Indian sarsaparilla, Meadowseet, mint and lavender.
This lively Sussex based Hop Gin brand combines eight botanicals including the sweet and woody flavour of liquorice. This harmonises with Angelica plant to create a distinct dry and earthy flavour.
The story of Mayfield is derived from legend and folklore, directly inspiring the dramatic label on their bottles.
A husband and wife team based in Horsham, Cabin Pressure Spirits Ltd use vacuum pressure and cooler temperatures to produce their gin; a ‘Nano-Still’ made with laboratory grade borosilicate glass helps create a smoothness and avoids boiling delicate flavours away.
Botanicals include green cardamom and ginger - Cabin Pressure gin is bottled in ceramic crock, and suppliers and brands are chosen carefully “with the strongest environmental and ethical standards.”
Distilled in Shoreham-by-Sea between the South Downs National Park, the River Adur and the sea, Slake is heavily rooted in local nature and resources.
Sourcing botanicals and ingredients from local edibles found amongst the countryside, the final gin recipe is blended with South Downs spring water until perfect for sale.
Corner Fifty Three do not feel suited to the conventional gin types, hence describing their collection as “New Age Gin”.
The Cherokee, Unami and Pomelo are inspired by and infused with ingredients from folk tales and international flavours including Shiitake Mushrooms and intense citrus vibrancy.
Hastings 1066 Gin is the younger brother of the award-winning Haswell London Distilled Dry Gin.
Inspired by the sea with a unique mix of botanicals including Gooseberry and Grains of Paradise, which harmonise with more traditional flavours for a distinct sweet berry taste.
Best of the rest
Boasting 12, ethically sourced botanicals and supporting WWF, Longtooth was “developed by the creator of some of the world’s most successful and exclusive gin flavours”.
Botanicals include: almond, chicory, juniper, mustard seeds, orange, lemon, angelica, cassia, liquorice, coriander, orris and cinnamon.
Tunbridge Wells based Pipehouse Small Batch Gin mixes innovation with tradition to create their unique flavours: Earl Grey and Cucumber and Pink Grapefruit and Thyme.
These modern classics are what Pipehouse call “Perfect Pairings”. Juxtapositions that combine the past with the future to create a new twist on a much loved drink.
Founded by the Smart family who brought a PhD in Brewing and biochemistry to their business, Surrey Copper Distillery use a specialist still which was designed and made from scratch to create their spirits.
This still is a handmade Italian 300 litre carterhead solid copper still with infuser basket. The heritage of Surrey Copper and traditional distilling is seen in their logo, among intertwined botanical illustration.
Launched by seasoned Head Distiller Simon Sherlock, three artisan Gins make up the Sherlock and Sons collection.
The Solstice Edition, Aromatic Edition and Nautical Edition are all crafted with botanicals and ingredients for distinct individuality, bringing together three unique Gins in craftsmanship and quality.
a couple of our featured brands
Find Silent Pool Distillers at our double Main/ VIP bar. With a collection of handcrafted artisan gins (including their popular English Rose gin.
Silent Pool create, distill and hand-bottle their gin with the upmost care and attention to quality and detail - working with brands and companies who exercise similar values.
Find Whitney Neill at the Botanical Gin Garden. Their gin is made from a 100% grain spirit and distilled in an “antique copper post still named ‘Constance’ who is over 100 years old”.
Whitley Neill’s tagline “Crafted from the tree of life” helps encompass what botanicals might be included in their gin.
With six staple cask ales, distinct beers and various other ranges, Harvey’s brewery is proudly the oldest independent brewery in Sussex. The company is still privately run, currently seeing its eighth generation in Management.
official mixer partner 2019
We are proud to announce that Folkington’s Artisan Mixers will be Sussex Gin Fest 2019’s Official Mixer Partner.
A Sussex based, independent premium brand, Folkington’s source their produce as locally as possible to support trade, as well as actively practicing more ethical production and sustainability.
Indian, Indian (Light), English Garden and Earl Grey tonics are among their Artisan range.