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Become A Founding Member of Maidstone Distillery – A Different Idea for Christmas

The Maidstone Distillery will be situated in the heart of Kent and the history of distilling is pivotal to its creation. At the turn of the 19th Century Maidstone was once a national hub for distilling; distributing 5,000 gallons of Maidstone Gin a week across the country, Europe and beyond. A husband and wife team are establishing a Distillery that will open in early 2020 and will produce artisan spirits of the highest quality: gin, vodka, liqueurs and eventually whisky. There will be experiences such as distillery tours and making gin on mini copper stills. The distillery will also host a premium bar and small shop.

Darren Graves, a father of three, who served in the Army, has a proven track record of running local businesses behind him. In leading the project he said: “We want to give Maidstone its spirit back.”

The new business has sought to involve the local community and drinks enthusiasts at an early stage and currently offers Founding Memberships and unique member events. With three completely different spirits available at launch, Darren and Sam are story-tellers as well as distillers and each spirit will have its only special story and inspiration, a celebration of history, people and landscape.

A six figure sum is being invested in the Distillery, which will feature a 450 litre bespoke copper still, designed by Master Distiller Gerard Evans.

  • Own your own little piece of Maidstone Distillery – forever
  • Have your name stamped on the wall of Maidstone Distillery – quite literally
  • Help to re-establish a distilling legacy in Kent to be proud of 
  • Become a VIP member of Maidstone Distillery – always in the know
  • Own a limited first edition bottle of George Bishop London Dry Gin from Maidstone Distillery
  • As a Founding Member, be one of a few privileged guests to attend the grand opening
  • Be one of the first to taste Maidstone’s new gin – George Bishop London Dry gin
  • Limited opportunity to become a founding member – only available before it opens in early 2020!

Founding Members will enjoy:

A 70cl bottle from the first runs of our signature London Dry Gin. This gin will be the flagship of the Distillery: a homage to the achievements of the original Distillery of 1785 and its founder, George Bishop. Drink it, enjoy it or hold onto it for future generations. Sent to you once we open.​

Your name featured on a large bespoke copper artwork designed and created by Baden Art on permanent display in the Distillery for all to see, for years to come. ​

Invitation for you and a guest to attend a special Founding Member only event. This event will be hosted at the Distillery and give you special behind the scenes access. You will be involved in taste testing, meet the founders, get a tour of the Distillery during refurbishment and a presentation on our Distillery journey.​

Early bird access to events, new spirit releases and special offers before they go on sale to the general public.​

10% discount on goods and experiences for one year from launch (excluding bar purchases).​

Personalised Welcome Pack posted to your door, including free gift and details of the first three Founding Member events.

Treat a loved one this year to a special Maidstone Distillery Gift Voucher as the ideal Christmas present. Gift vouchers are available in multiples of £10 and if you spend £50 or more, you’ll get an additional £10 voucher £10 totally free of charge – you can keep it for yourself or top up another gift!

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