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Building a Bazaar not a Cathedral*

Both of our distilleries, Psychopomp Micro-distillery and Circumstance Distillery, run almost entirely on open-source software. It has been this way from the beginning . In fact, the philosophy of open source permeates most of what we do.    

The idea of ‘open source' originated in software and that is where the term is most familiar. In essence, software is open source when the source code is freely available. This means anyone can use, modify and re-distribute the software.

I have always been inspired by the open-source model for 4 principal reasons. 

The first reason is that there is nowhere to hide. If there is an error in the software, if it’s insecure, or contains malicious code, it can be found. The source code is freely available. This means open source projects are generally more trustworthy.

The second reason is that open-source projects are based on collaboration.. There is a recognition that the intelligence of the community is greater than that of any individual. Pro…

The Blog Off!

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We started blogging a while back, but as a growing business there are seldom enough hours in the day or days in the week so things like blogs get pushed to the bottom of the to do list.

But, as a growing business things like social media and blog content are an important way of telling our story so we are going to try and get a bit more active. The team are going to take it in turns to get writing, so the next few blogs will hopefully be interesting, varied and give a little insight into the Psychopomp & Circumstance family and the things we get passionate about. Or it could just be the random incoherent waffling of five people who all happen to make booze together.

We are going first in first up, so Liam is up to bat, followed by Danny, Mark, Steph and Matt.

Happy reading.
Team Pomp

Trio of gin drinks

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You will have noticed that we only serve three types of drinks in the distillery; Gin & tonic, Martini and Negroni. Its not just because we like to keep things simple (although we do) its because to us these are the holy trinity of gin drinks.

Gin and Tonic

Arguably the most popular way to drink gin and possibly the most famous booze pairing ever.
Everyone's recipe varies according to taste but in the distillery we serve ours: 50ml gin, 100ml tonic, in a tall glass with a long stick of ice and garnished with fresh citrus.

The history of the G&T really begins with British colonial India, when the British troops would mix their medicinal quinine with their gin ration to make it more palatable. The rise of the G&T as a drink can clearly be traced back to the early days of Queen Victoria and the return of the expatriates from the Indian colonies who had developed a love for the concoction.


Martini

Made with gin and vermouth, the Martini is arguably one of the most famous c…

Distillers Table - 'Summer'

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Summer invokes memories to many of visits to the beach, sunny holidays and of course ice cream but it also reminds me of childhood picnics with my family. So with that in mind I created this months drinks with some nostalgic English picnic inspiration.

#1. I wanted to start on something light, fresh and floral so started with a classic French 75 recipe. Elderflower grew everywhere where I was a child and feels like a classic summer ingredient so I swapped the simple syrup for a home made elderflower one instead. Small bar gin (green cardamom, elderflower and lemon zest) was the gin for the job with it fresh green and floral notes. Then 50/50 fresh grapefruit and lemon juice and topped with Mumm champagne. Served alongside a classic cheese and cucumber sarnie on sliced white bread!


#2. Robinson's squash was a staple in our picnics when I was young so I wanted to make an adult version for the second drink. I started by making a triple citrus shrub (orange, lemon and grapefruit). Un…

Distillers Table - 'Negroni'

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We are big Negroni fans in the distillery so it felt only right to dedicate one of our Distillers Table events to the classic drink. As with most classics there are lots of great stories attached to its creation and a natural evolution from other drinks. We used this as our inspiration this month and decided to serve 4 drinks from different stages in the story.

Americano
So said first served in the 1860s the drink was originally known as the ‘Milano-Torino’ because of its ingredients (Campari from Milan and Punt e Mas Vermouth from Turin). Soda was then added and the name of the drink changed to pay homage to Primo Carnera the first Italian (and non American) to win the world heavyweight championships in U.S.A. in 1933.

Ours was served with a classic style bitter, Berto from Italian producers Quaglia and Del professore Rosso vermouth created with the Jerry Thomas project in Rome. Served long in a highball, topped with soda and garnished with a lemon wheel.




Sbagliato
In Italian ‘Sbagliato’ …

Where we've been shopping

Liam

Bristol Wood recycling project, St Philips
https://www.bwrp.org.uk/woodshop
A timber yard and Woodshop that is manned by volunteers and stacked with reclaimed wood from Bristol and beyond. All the wood at the distillery is from the BWRP. I love the used scaffold boards.

Playfull Toyshop, Gloucester Road
http://playfulltoyshop.com/
A magical little toy shop specialising in wooden toys. A great place to pick up presents for small children. Their toys and books are obviously carefully selected and all great quality.

STÎL Homeware in Fox and Feather, Gloucester road.
https://www.foxandfeather.co.uk/collections/stil-homeware
We bought a couple of lamps from them recently, and spent ages browsing. They have a great selection of Scandi inspired stuff.

Danny

Brockley Stores
https://www.brockleystores.co.uk/
My favorite gin delivery is the one out to Brockley stores, I always come back with boot full of awesome goodies. Rob and his team are super friendly and have a great selection of fresh produce,…

'Hathor'

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We had several ideas for directions we thought this years Summer gin could go in. Previously Charun had used a nice hit of elderflower paired with burdock root and cherry wood chips. This year for inspiration we focused on seasonal produce from outside the UK as well. We all felt pomegranate seeds with their fruity sharp taste and use in cooking would be a good place to start. We wanted to add some floral and deeper green notes. We played with hyssop before deciding on heather flowers for their aroma and soft citrus notes. Fig leaf provided the deep green notes and also a creamy, nutty taste which for us played perfectly with the other botanicals.
As with all our gins this summer seasonal recipe is named after a Psychopomp. ‘Hathor’ is named after the ancient Egyptian goddess who was daughter of the sun god Ra, she is often known as the golden one. She is a Psychopomp that is particularly fond of women and fortune tellers and is thought to have protected women during childbirth. …