Help Shakespeare Distillery survive COVID-19

by Peter Monks in Stratford Upon Avon, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 17th April 2020 we successfully raised £2,065 with 45 supporters in 28 days

The global pandemic is a crisis for our small distillery, our priority is to retain and support our local workforce - our heartbeat.

by Peter Monks in Stratford Upon Avon, England, United Kingdom

As everyone is aware this is a particularly difficult time for small businesses, particularly those in the tourism & hospitality industry.  We are looking for creative ways to raise money in order to look after our staff and business during these uncertain times in order to help us as a distillery survive this pandemic. As you can imagine all the pubs, hotels and many of the shops we sell our gin to have simply had to close at this time, impacting our income significantly. 

We aren't asking for donations with no return - but if you are able to support us through funding on here in exchange for some amazing products and future experiences,  our wonderful team of locally-based people would be beyond grateful. 

A bit about us...

Shakespeare Distillery was founded by Simon and I in 2015 with the launch of our first craft product Stratford Dry Gin.  A herbal style gin; it captures the essence of a Tudor garden, fusing juniper and citrus with wonderful flavours of old english Lovage, rosemary, sage and lemon balm.

The stable of gins we produce by hand at our distillery in Warwickshire now include Rhubarb Gin (a pink favourite), Mulberry Gin Liqueur and our newest product Elderflower & Quince Gin. 

Our journey stepped up a gear in January last year when we moved to larger premises on the outskirts of Stratford upon Avon and began to offer customers the chance to visit us for a range of experiences.

Visiting Us... 

Prior to closing last week, our distillery tours had really taken off, as had our Gin School and Cocktail Masterclasses. We have had so much fun welcoming hundreds of visitors from near and far through our doors over the past year, and were just in the building stages to expand our visitor offering with a larger tour space when the current crisis hit. 

We were amazed and delighted to have won the Best New Tourism Business at the West Midlands Tourism Awards just last month (how long ago that feels now)

We are part way through a totally self-funded build that has seen us invest heavily in new facilities that will not be used for the foreseeable future. But with your help we promise to be ready to welcome everyone through our doors when we are able.

We truly appreciate all the amazing visitors and customers we have at Shakespeare Distillery. Without your support though, we would be totally lost and everything from your well wishes to donations is both comforting and astounding. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts x

Please note all rewards are valid to at least 31st December 2020 - this date may vary depending on circumstances but all physical rewards (bottles of gin!) will be dispatched as soon as we possibly can.

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£35 or more

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Home Gin Tasting Kit

Grab a fellow gin lover and have a night in with us to discover our range of gins in the comfort of your own home, with our new Home Gin Tasting Kit for Two. Our mixologist Sam will guide you through a tutored tasting of three gins and their recommended serves in a unique online video. Play along at home with the gins, mixers and cute tasting glasses. We’ve even included some yummy gin truffles created by our friends at Henley Chocolates.

£30 or more

Distillery tour tickets (2 adults)

A 90-minute tour around our distillery in Stratford upon Avon. Join us for a fun and informative tour. Discover how our gins are produced, explore gin history and taste our range of award-winning spirits.

£34 or more

Bottle of Stratford Dry Gin (50cl)

A full bottle of our award-winning Stratford Dry Gin. Capturing the boldness of juniper with the sweetness of Mediterranean citrus and Tudor garden inspired herbal botanicals.

£34 or more

Bottle of Rhubarb Gin (50cl)

A full bottle of our Rhubarb Gin (40% ABV). Commonly used to cure ailments in Tudor times, Rhubarb has since become a British favourite. A deliciously sweet and tangy gin.

£34 or more

Bottle of Mulberry Gin (50cl)

A full bottle of our Mulberry Gin Liqueur. A deeply rich, fruity and slightly sweet gin, produced by steeping black mulberries in our Stratford Dry for several months,

£34 or more

Bottle of Elderflower & Quince Gin (50cl)

A full bottle of our new Elderflower & Quince Gin (40% ABV) The quintessential British flavours of Elderflower and the noble Quince; subtle apple notes fuse with the mild sweetness of Elderflower.

£50 or more

£50 Gift Voucher

A £50 gift voucher valid for any of our gins, gift sets or distillery experiences (free postage on all products)

£60 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Emergency Gin Kit

Stuck at home and in need of a good bottle of Gin? Stratford Dry Gin is a smooth and refreshing herbal-style craft gin distilled in Stratford upon Avon. The kit includes a full bottle of our award-winning Stratford Dry Gin, four bottles of Fever-Tree tonic and two of our gin glasses to get the G&Ts iced and ready to drink! We’ve even included a box of 12 yummy gin truffles created by our friends at Henley Chocolates.

£115 or more

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Gin School (for two to share)

A school with a difference! Join us for a hands-on afternoon creating your own unique bottle of gin. Distill in your own copper still, bottle, name and label - a truly immersive experience with drinks and fun along the way!

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