BEEFEATER

Distillery
Founded in 1958
Invented by James Burrough, a pharmacist, in 1873, Beefeater Gin became an instant success. Today, the Beefeater Distillery is home to Beefeater London Dry, Beefeater 24, Beefeater London Garden and Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve.

Situated in Kennington, South London, the distillery has been on the same site since 1958, after moving from Lambeth, which was home to Beefeater before that. The former pickle factory which Beefeater now calls home, offers daily distillery tours to the public, and houses the original Victorian pot stills where the Gin was made.

While the 1870s recipe for the original Beefeater London Dry Gin (which remains virtually unchanged), is a fairly typical London Dry Gin style, there is one thing which sets it apart; its lemon and Seville orange peels are steeped for 24 hours, to ensure that the full flavors of the fruits and other fresh botanicals are extracted.

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Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

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berries
What does Beefeater taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Beefeater Gin. It's based on all Beefeater drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Beefeater before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Established
    1958
  • Owner
    Pernod Ricard
  • Visitor center
    Yes
  • Status
    Active
  • Address
    20 Montford Place, Kennington, London, SE11 5DE, United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +020 7587 0034
  • Website
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Although Beefeater Gin is distilled in Kennington, South London, it is shipped up to Scotland in its distillate form to be blended and bottled.
Video from Beefeater
Video transcription
I'm Desmond Payne, I'm the master distiller of Beefeater Gin. We're standing here in the Beefeater distillery, right in the center of London, and the great news we have today is we got the go-ahead to build a public visitor center on this site.

This is the last of the traditional London Gin distilleries. Still very much in operation. London has a terrific history of Gin distilling going way back to the 1600s. We're gonna have a much wider audience of people able to come and see what we do, how we do it, and also how it used to be done in the past.

For the first time, people are going to have the opportunity to see our distillery in action. We're creating some 600 square meters of space, first of all, on the ground floor down behind me, to explain the wonderful history of London and it's Gin.

And then moving up into this area, high up in the distillery building where people will be able to see the botanicals, the juniper berries, and all the other ingredients that go into our stills to flavor the Gin.

And also behind me, they can actually see our stills in action and our Gin being produced on a daily basis, the 30 million bottles a year we do here in this distillery to cover our sales around the world. 

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