Happy New Year, everyone, and welcome back to The Gin Lounge’s essential Gin News Roundup! In this time of horrible conditions, wince-inducing bills, broken resolutions and unseemly squabbling – but enough about the politics, eh? – it’s more important than ever to remember that the Gin News will always be here for you. On with the show!

  • World Gin Awards 2019 – First Round Winners Announced

Yes, the awards season is drawing ever closer and The World Gin Awards have announced the National winners in each category! For the UK, Whitby Gin was named as Best London Dry, Tanqueray 10 won Best Classic, while Glasgow’s Makar Cherry Gin and Sacred Old Tom won Best Flavoured and Best Old Tom respectively.  The full list of awards is here, with all the national winners going head to head in Round Two to determine the overall Style category winners in February. The category winners from Round Two will then contest the World’s Best awards in March – stay tuned, we’ll have all the winners as soon as they’re announced.

  • Whitley Neill Helps Halewood Fill Their Boots

Halewood International, owners of Whitley Neill, City of London Gin, Liverpool Gin and Peaky Blinder Gin, as well as Vestal Vodka, have announced a profit rise of 319% on the back of 19% revenue growth.  Trebles all round!

  • US Shutdown Hits Colorado Distillery

Forgive us a brief return to politics, as the US Government shitshow shutdown is now interfering in gin.  The Dry Land Distillery have had their plans to release a Colorado Gin thrown into jeopardy as they wait for federal approval from the floundering civil service system. This aggression will not stand, man!

  • New Distillery For Manchester

Manchester Gin has announced an ambitious new expansion plan, with six Grade II-listed railway arches under the Manchester Central conference centre to be converted into a 5,300 square foot space comprising a new distillery, bar and restaurant. The new facility is expected to create up to 30 new jobs.

  • New Immersive Distillery Complex (Also In Manchester)

Meanwhile, Quintessential Brands have announced an ‘exciting gin distillery experience’… in the heart of Manchester! The site, between Deansgate and Albert Square, will be the new home of Quintessential’s Thomas Dakin Gin, and promises “a number of experiential aspects, including a gin bar, an Instagram-enabled space for hospitality events and various entertainment elements” according to the breathless pitch.  The venue will create 50 new jobs and hopes to attract 70,000 visitors in its first year. It’s all going on Up North!

  • Manchester Gin Brand Secures Dragon Den Funding

The Manchester gin buzz continues, with the city’s Didsbury Gin attracting a £75,000 investment from Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Jenny Campbell. The investment means Campbell now owns a third of Didsbury, founded in 2017.  What’s going on up in Lancashire? There must be something in the water…

Right, that’s your lot for this week, folks!  Come back soon for more Gin News!!