What did you do before creating Stockport Gin?
Cheryl was a self-employed hairdresser, but had to give this up within 3 months of launching Stockport Gin as there just weren’t enough hours in the day. And Paul did… and still does Architectural work for a large Architects practice in Manchester. Although, after 17 years he has recently gone part-time to commit more hours to Stockport Gin!
What made you decide to create your distillery and gins?
Everywhere seemed to have it’s own gin – apart from Stockport! Stockport is a town that is definitely on the up, and as a huge number of craft gin enthusiasts. We have said for a long time ‘somebody should make a Stockport Gin’ …but nobody did, so we did!
What's the distillery like and can you tell us about the distillation process?
Our distillery is in a converted garage at our family home, which as you can imagine is not open to the public. We use a 100 litre stainless steel column still and are involved in every step of the process, including foraging pine from our local country park, distilling, bottling, labelling, delivering, and of course taste testing!
We set about making a variety of citrus-based London Dry gins, as well as our fresh and fruity pink gin. Our main aim was to make flavour profiles that we personally loved ourselves, in the hope that others would love them too.
What have been the biggest challenges/achievements, or your favourite story so far?
Wow - there are so many to choose from – little did we know that when we embarked on this small project of making gin in our garage that after 3 weeks of launching we would be called to the London Head Office of Selfridges as they wanted to stock our gin; or that in less than a year of trading we would be stocked in hundreds of independent bars, shops, pubs, and restaurants, as well as in the North West’s biggest pub chain - Robinsons - with 260 pubs in their catalogue.
Also being a Winner in The Gin Guide Awards 2020 with our Pink Edition, being in the final 3 of the Stockport Business Awards, and the final 5 of the North West Business Awards is a huge achievement in our first year. But aside from all of this, the biggest achievement for us is that the people of Stockport and beyond love our gins, and are supporting our dream!
How would you describe your gins in 3 words?
Smooth, citrusy & fresh.
What's your favourite way to drink your gins?
In a classic G&T, plenty of ice, garnish, and a good quality tonic, curled up on the sofa at home.
What gins would you always have on your gin shelf (other than your own of course!)?
We always try to buy a bottle of local gin wherever we go, we are currently loving the gins from Shed 1 Distillery, Dinorwig Distillery, White Peak Distillery and the Chatsworth Distillery.
What's next for Stockport Gin - any exciting plans?
YES – so many! Expanding into a bigger premises is definitely on the cards this year, as well as growing our team, increasing our stockists, and of course developing new gins!