Sibling Distillery - Time to Move!

by felix@siblingdistillery.com in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

We did it
On 12th November 2016 we successfully raised £15,313 with 85 supporters in 46 days

My 3 siblings and I, the worlds youngest distilling team, are planning an ambitious renovation of a new distillery to allow us to grow!

by felix@siblingdistillery.com in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

New stretch target

If we overfund, we will be using the money  to put into production a bespoke bottle. We have already designed this, but need the funds to have the bottle mould made. This would really elevate us in terms of stature and is something which we are really keen to do. The extra £2000 along with our own investment will make this ambition a reality!


About us

We are Sibling Distillery, one of only a few places in the UK to distill gin from start to finish. The distillery was founded by and is run by me (Felix), my sisters (Clarice and Cicely) and our younger brother (Digby). We grew up watching, and helping, our parents run a micro-brewery in our hometown of Cheltenham, so when my youngest sister left school we were sure that the time was right to set up a business ourselves, doing what we know best. 

We set ourselves the goal of creating a super-premium gin which not only offers seasoned gin drinkers something new, but also appeals to people who are not traditionally big gin fans. Our background of manufacturing alcohol from scratch meant that we didn’t want to take the same shortcut that almost every gin distillery in the UK does by buying a pre-made neutral alcohol – to us that wasn’t even an option! Instead we set our sights on gaining a full distilling license and on creating a base alcohol that eclipses the quality of what can be bought. Once we had mastered this, we got to work on flavouring our gin. We were determined to ensure that the flavour was guided by the people and not just our personal taste. For this reason we ran a huge number of tests on over 100 people to determine what it was that people wanted to experience – the results were quite surprising! We have included rare botanicals like Madagascan Vanilla and fresh blueberries, as well as fresh orange and lemon zests to create an exotic and refreshing gin that ticks the boxes that were flagged up to us in the development. We also vapour infuse the botanicals to ensure to ensure a delicate and balanced taste.

In the process we became the youngest distilling team in the world (all aged 22 or under), as well as one of the highest rated gins in the UK, gaining the full 3 stars at the 2015 Great Taste Awards amongst a whole host of other great awards. 

Our decision to launch the distillery was one that was made fairly quickly, whilst on holiday together, and took about five minutes to settle on. I think that we had all had the same idea, but it was in that moment that it went from being an idea to a plan – in our family we act on things quite quickly so before the year was out we were arranging our launch party. 

Why are we Crowdfunding?

We were fortunate when launching that we were able to use a makeshift, converted area of our family brewery to house the distilling equipment that we needed, and at first that was perfect for us. However, since launching, our production has increased threefold, meaning that we have rapidly run out of space for growth and we can no longer match the demand for the gin, which is both a big compliment and a massive frustration in equal portions. We have gone from selling just at local farmers markets to selling our gin to big retailers across the UK and now even across the world – it’s time for us to take a big step up in production!

My siblings and I currently have an office that has only space for one computer, and have to bottle our gin in the same room that our ‘Still is – in the summer this room can reach over 40 degrees Celsius – not ideal for a full day of bottling!

But neither of those things are the biggest problem. Our biggest issue is that we are unable to house any more fermenting tanks. Because we create our gin from the raw materials onwards, we use huge tanks to turn our raw materials into an alcoholic liquid. This process takes about two weeks and is a big part of what makes our gin so unique. Currently we have two of these tanks, which allow us to make a batch of gin every ten days. For us to grow, we need to have at least four of these, as well as a new boiler and an additional ‘Still. 

For this to happen we need more space, and this is where you come in! 

We have found the perfect location for this expansion, around a mile from our current location, which means we won’t have to leave our hometown, but out of town centre into the countryside – the perfect setting for making amazing spirits. However, although we are fiercely ambitious, we are a very young company, so don’t have the cash reserves to fund this entirely ourselves. 

If we reach our target, we will be able to buy the additional kit that we need to increase our output threefold, as well as create a bottling area, an office area which has enough space for all of us, a tasting room (a vital part of every distillery) and also set up a proper retail space for ourselves. The unit that we are planning to move into has a skeleton that will work perfectly for us, but it is in desperate need of renovation. We know that the addition of a proper retail space, and also the ability to run tours, visits and private parties will make a huge difference to our business, but for it to become a reality for us we need your help!

If we were to exceed our target, we would be able to put the extra money into developing a bespoke bottle for Sibling, so that our appearance can be as individual as our flavour! This is something which we would really love to do 

Sibling has been our life for almost three years now and this move is the big step which will help the business flourish, but we can’t do it without your help. Follow our progress on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and become part of our journey.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

For your £10 donation we will send you a personal and public thank you on Facebook, and you will know that you have been a part of the history of our distillery! Every pledged will play a huge part in making our dream become a reality.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

10% discount card and we will send out a hand-written letter from our team, thanking you for helping us to reach our potential! Your 10% discount card for use in our shop (both existing and new) will arrive in time for your Christmas shopping!

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Want the chance to visit the distillery and have a tour of what you've helped to create? A £30 pledge will give you access to a distillery tour with a group of donors (we will put on a number of dates so that you can definitely make one!). You will be the first groups to be invited to a tour, will have a variety of complimentary signature serve G&Ts, as well as an in-depth tasting and Q&A with the team. You will also get 10% off at our shop for a year starting from before December.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

Pledge £40 and you will have the unique opportunity to have a photo of you, your siblings or friends and family, on our 'Wall of Donors' within our distillery. This is a great present for somebody who has it all, or a chance for you to cement your place in the history of our distillery. The wall will be on view to anyone who visits our distillery, and will have pride of place either in our shop or tasting/meeting room. You will be emailed a version of the finished wall and will be able to photograph it when on a visit. As well as this, you will get a public and personal social media thank you, a handwritten thank you letter from the team, as well as 10% off at the distillery AND online from in time for your Christmas shopping.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Fancy the £30 tour reward but with a plus one? The perfect evening/day out for two, why not surprise someone!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

The liquid and a legacy! You will receive a 700ml bottle of our Sibling Triple Distilled Gin and your name will live on, embedded in our history and on our brand new tasting room wall.

£75 or more

16 of 250 claimed

£75 Reward

We know how to throw a party, just ask Lily Gins in Cheltenham where we had our launch two years ago! For £75.00, you will have the chance to come to our official launch party at the new distillery. The event will be held on a Friday evening in February, and your pledge will include your drinks and food for the evening, with both a Sibling bar and ale bar. We will have entertainment and music, as well as press, photography and a complimentary taxi service into Cheltenham town centre throughout the evening. This is something not to be missed!

£400 or more

2 of 20 claimed

£400 Reward

This is a genuinely unique and exciting opportunity. We are offering you the chance to come on board with the team and be on our tasting and development panel for the duration of the invention of our brand new spirit. It will run over the course of around 2 months and you will be invited to the distillery once a week for at least 8 weeks to run through your comments, ideas and preferences as well as taste and rate our work. You will receive two bottles of the very first batch of the new spirit and will be an integral part of the development process. We have limited the number of prizes here to 20, as we want those who take the opportunity to have a genuine input to the process.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Want to make the most of the new facilities that you are helping to fund? With this pledge, we will host you a private party for up to ten at the distillery on a date of your choice. We will run a private tour for you, followed by a tasting session in our brand new tasting room, a complimentary signature serve G&T bar, Gin chocolate/truffle tasting and food, with taxis into Cheltenham town centre. Ideal for Birthday, Hen, Stag or work parties, or simply as a treat!

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Corporate event? Team building? Group party? For up to 10 people. We will come to you - bringing our knowledge and, more importantly, our gin. We will start with a team quiz (of course including juniperus prizes), followed by a talk on our gin and distillery, gin tasting with a few of our favourite gins and an interactive cocktail demonstration where you will be making and enjoying your own cocktails. With a ‘Master class’ feel to the day, everyone will leave as a newfound know-it-all. Allow 2-3 hours for us to host your event. Please contact us prior to pledging to check dates and locations.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Corporate event? Team building? Group party? For up to 20 people. We will come to you - bringing our knowledge and, more importantly, our gin. We will start with a team quiz (of course including juniperus prizes), followed by a talk on our gin and distillery, gin tasting with a few of our favourite gins and an interactive cocktail demonstration where you will be making and enjoying your own cocktails. With a ‘Master class’ feel to the day, everyone will leave as a newfound know-it-all. Allow 2-3 hours for us to host your event. Please contact us prior to pledging to check dates and locations.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Want to make the most of the new facilities that you are helping to fund? With this pledge, we will host you a private party for up to twenty at the distillery on a date of your choice. We will run a private tour for you, followed by a tasting session in our brand new tasting room, a complimentary signature serve G&T bar, Gin chocolate/truffle tasting and food, with taxis into Cheltenham town centre. Ideal for Birthday, Hen, Stag or work parties, or simply as a treat!

£2,000 or more

£2,000 Reward

Corporate event? Team building? Group party? For up to 40 people. We will come to you - bringing our knowledge and, more importantly, our gin. We will start with a team quiz (of course including juniperus prizes), followed by a talk on our gin and distillery, gin tasting with a few of our favourite gins and an interactive cocktail demonstration where you will be making and enjoying your own cocktails. With a ‘Master class’ feel to the day, everyone will leave as a newfound know-it-all. Allow 2-3 hours for us to host your event. Please contact us prior to pledging to check dates and locations.

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