The distillers apprentice

We are on the look out for the right person to come and join our distillery family. We have a new position available for a distillery apprentice. The position involves working with the teams at both of our distilleries, learning on the job as well as through external accredited courses in distillation. There is no experience necessary, but there are a few attributes that will certainly come in handy. Attention to detail, computer literacy, an interest in science, a driving license and a good head for numbers would all certainly help. However the most important things we are looking for are a desire to learn and a passion for flavour. The role is based on 30 hours a week of work and 10 hours a week of independent learning leading to internationally recognised qualifications. We are a living wage employer, we have some great perks and we pride ourselves in being a good employer. We will genuinely consider all applicants. If you're interested, then email a C.V. along with a cover …


All this begins with one question.
Is it possible, with modest expense & knowledge, to make drinkable beer in a two bedroom flat in St. Pauls?
Herein lyes the answer.....
I’d been interested in making beer for a little while and was curious to see if I could make some worth drinking. Needless to say I’d been interested in drinking beer, responsibly of course, for quite some time.
By way of preparation, I watched several youtube videos, both by commercial entities and enthusiastic amateurs, in order to get an idea of what equipment and ingredients were needed. I was encouraged by one that assured me that “as long as you can make macaroni cheese from a box, you can make beer”. This of course was from an American site. This gave me confidence as, and this really isn’t me bragging, I can make macaroni cheese from scratch.
Turns out, along with the raw ingredients, a large sauce pan / stock pot, a measuring jug, a thermometer, a funnel, a syphon, a fermentation vessel - in this case a …

What we are...

Watching: Binge watching Ru Paul's Drag Race!
Reading: Momofuku
Listening: Charles Bradley Black Velvet, such a great album.
Shopping: Brockley stores are doing a great click and collect service. Got eggs, fresh sourdough (East Bristol Bakery) and a veg box, all nice and local, got a cheeky pork pie too! Good social distancing practiced, paid online and it was ready for me to collect.
Drinking: Mostly tasty beers from Dan at Coffee&Beer. Notable highlight was "Home Over There" by Boxcar.

Watching: Westworld [season 2] {f**king amazing sci-fi}
Reading: Isaac Asimov - The caves of Steel {f**king amazing sci-fi}
Listening to: Radio 4 {not sci-fi}
Shopping: Degusta {delivered by Danny!}
Drinking: Circumstantial Mixed grain. Neat. Every night.

Watching: Better call Saul (from the start).
Reading: Time's Arrow.
Listening: Lots of 6 Music + David O'Doherty's isolating podcast.
Shopping: Been getting our fruit and veg through the box scheme, run through the c…


We love collaborating with other local independent producers in a variety of fields and like all other local chocoholics, we are massive fans of Zara’s Chocolates!
We have previously been inspired by her products for ‘Distillers Table-CHOCOLATE’ and love tasting what the talented team create from each of our seasonal recipes throughout the year.

Here Zara lets us behind the scenes on her process in creating the latest Spring Gin Truffle with ‘Freyja’.

On looking at the botanicals in the 'Freyja', and smelling the aromas, we immediately felt an urge to trial the gin with a frangipan style filling, to pair with the apricot and orange blossom notes. We felt like a lighter, sweeter take for Spring this time with our gin truffle, a change from our stronger boozy, fruity pairings we've done previously.

Grinding up some freshly toasted almonds to make a smooth nut paste, we then paired this with a white chocolate, and some organic orange oil for a sweet frangipan-style …

The history of the 'Gimlet'

This post is dedicated to the Gimlet. A classic gin cocktail, firm favourite of mine and the inspiration for our 2nd medicinal inspired drink at the recent distillers table session.
Like most origin stories there is always plenty of ‘hear say’ and differing of options, but here are the 3 main stages of the drinks creation as I believe it.
Scurvy is a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C. Initially it presents with fatigue, spots on the skin and bleeding and as it advances, there can be yellow skin, fever and finally death...
It was at one time it was common among sailors and others aboard ships who were at sea longer than fruit and vegetables could be stored (they lived on salted meats and dried grains). It was one of the major limiting factors of marine travel, often killing large numbers of the passengers and crew on long-distance voyages. Between 1500 and 1800, it has been estimated that scurvy killed at least two million sailors!
In 1740, citrus juice (usually …


In our first full year of production we have released four very different spirits. All are based on different whole grain cereals with the exception of our Mixed Grain. We call each “Grain Spirit.”
Why not whisk(e)y?
Simple; it isn’t old enough yet. We have also produced a white rum but more on that in another post.

According to EU law a whisk(e)y is a spirit drink derived from the:

- distillation of a mash made from malted cereals with or without whole grains of other cereals, which has been:
saccharified by the diastase of the malt contained therein, with or without other natural enzymes,
fermented by the action of yeast;
- one or more distillations at less than 94.8% abv, so that the distillate has an aroma and taste derived from the raw materials used,
- maturation of the final distillate for at least three years in wooden casks not exceeding 700 litres capacity.

There’s a bit more regarding minimum alcoholic strength, the addition of alcohol and sweeteners but the last bit o…

'Monker's Garkel' the world's first AI gin

We launched the world's first AI gin in November, a collaboration between Circumstance Distillery, Tiny Giant and Rewrite digital. Here we ask Liam and 'Ginette' (the Artificial intelligence created to design the world's first AI gin) a few questions about the process.

First of all can you explain a little about ‘Artificial intelligence’

Artificial intelligence is using computers where human intelligence is normally required. The computer has the ability to acquire knowledge and apply it. AI is still in its infancy. Its not about to take over distilling spirits, let alone the world.

As a general definition, artificial intelligence (AI) refers to machines that can perform tasks that are beyond the human capabilities.
These machines are able to act intelligently and autonomously. These machines have no specific skills or mental capabilities but can learn and interact with the human environment by making connections to what the human has learned.

How did y…