Our Story

Our Story

Small Beginnings

Bay Distilleries started in our heads at virtually the same time, in fact the same evening, chatting on a certain famous multimedia platform. We are Chris and Jonathan, two friends that frequently share too many Gin and Tonics. We came to the conclusion that with Jonathan’s experience in the brewing industry and Chris’s experience in chemical engineering, we could take over the world, or at least make a fine Gin that we would love to drink on well, every occasion.

We pooled our savings and bought a tiny 1 litre still and started developing flavours on Chris’s kitchen table. After some questionable but still drinkable beginnings, we discovered a particularly delicious flavour combination of 3 peels, Grapefruit, Orange and Lime which feature in all our Gins and give a familiar feeling across the range. We were eventually evicted from the kitchen and set up in ‘The Old Piggery’ a 17th Century two story Barn where we scaled up our operation in “Cockles” our Copper Pot Still.

SMALL BEGINNINGS - Bay Distilleries Gin

The Flavours

We did not want just another nice generic Gin, we wanted something different, something that represented our passion for the spirit and most important of all, a memorable drink, for the right reasons of course.

It was important to us that as many of our botanicals as possible came from local and/or organic suppliers. It was also paramount that we didn’t use any artificial flavours, preservatives and colours. We knew that many less exclusive Gins were made using a Gin concentrate with added flavourings. This wasn’t for us! Our range of Gins use proper fresh ripe fruit. The colour of our Raspberry and Rhubarb Gin is actually from Raspberries and Rhubarb. The tropical taste of the Mango & Lime is from fresh Mangos and Limes. No added flavourings here and that’s the way it stays.

Our Location – The Stormy Bay, Morecambe

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