Our Legacy

History of Gin ~ Our Nations Spirit

We may think of gin as a quintessentially English drink, but our favourite spirit actually has its roots on the Continent – as a Dutch drink, called genever. For most of history it was beer and later, brandy that the English swilled. But then, in 1688 during the...

The Gin Craze
 
Over the next decades, the streets of London, from the famous Drury Lane to the Seven Dials of Covent Garden, drowned in gin. Profitable to distil, cheap to buy and at times quite toxic to drink, the gin of the 18th century bears little resemblance to the spirit we love today. It was...

George Bishop ~ A Maidstone Entrepreneur 
 
It was around this time that George Bishop, a native of Maidstone was working at a distillery in Holland and acquired the art of distilling the celebrated Schiedam gin. On his return to England he was determined to set up the industry in his home town and ...

Maidstone Distillery ~ Contributing to the Nation's Rich Distilling Past
 
By 1789 George Bishop's distillery was set up in Maidstone and fully operational. George also served as mayor in 1778 and 1787. In the years that followed Maidstone Gin would become important on both the national and internat...

Maidstone Spirits ~ A National Treasure
 
The great popularity of Maidstone gin was because of its extra strength and quality. It was 83 proof, or 47.5% abv. The demand for the spirit was so large that in a short space of time it became a principle article of sale in nearly every town and village in...

The future

 

Today we aim to re-claim this legacy for Maidstone, a new Distillery rooted in the heart of the community, committed to taste, quality and contributing positively in our local area.

 

There's Pride in Our Spirit.

Pride in Our Spirit since 1785.

Thirsty for more? We want to have you along... Be part of this exciting journey.