Friday 12 June 2020 – RSA House, 8 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6EZ
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Based on the latest UK news and guidance, our own events (which include international gin industry participants), the Gin Industry Annual Dinner in May and the Ginposium (gin industry seminar), in June, are regrettably now cancelled.

Ticket refunds for those who have already booked to attend our key events will be processed as soon as practicable. Even if we were technically able to proceed under whatever Government guidance is in place at the date of the relevant event, the crisis and related concerns would mean low attendance, no-international guests, possible speaker issues and unwieldy additional precautions (including social distancing), which will not be practical given the venues and the nature of the events.

Events attended by large numbers are likely in any event by the dates of our events to be cancelled by Government decree/recommendation. Apologies of course for the cancellations, but we have to be realistic about how the current crisis is developing and mindful of the restrictions that will likely to be in place on those dates, as well as reflecting the wider social need, the personal preferences of those who would be likely to attend in usual times, and of course Government recommendations (which may become mandatory), for social distancing and self-isolation.

A very difficult time clearly lies ahead for all. Our thoughts and best wishes to all in the industry, as well as their staff, families and loved ones.

 

The Ginposium was a perfect blend of content – from professional advice to thought provoking new products”.

Who is going to speak at Ginposium 2020?

All times are subject to change.
Speaker(s)OrganisationAbout
Dr Anne BrockThe Gin Guild
Grand Rectifier of the Gin Guild and Master Distiller, Bombay Sapphire
Matthew PauleyHeriot Watt UniversityAssistant professor and PhD student in The International Centre for Brewing and Distilling
Professor Scott Allen, CEng FIChemEAllen Associates (HPE) LtdManaging Director
Ivan BellStranger & Stranger Packaging design and branding
Will EdgeGreensand Ridge Distillery – winner of the 2019 Distillery Sustainability Award from the Spirits Business
David T SmithSummerfruitcup.comSpirit Author and Gin Judge
Chairman: Dr Anne Brock and Industry Panel
Joanne MooreQuintessential Brands Group Master Distiller
Alice PearsonThe Cotswold Distilling Company Ltd.New Product Development
Gary GrantFrancis Taylor Building, Inner TempleLicensing Barrister
Natasha CurtinBacardi Global BrandsGlobal Vice President, Bombay Sapphire
Professor Katherine SmartDiageoGlobal Technical Director & Professor at the University of Cambridge
Stephen Gould Golden Moon DistilleryFounder / Master Distiller - Golden Moon Distillery

Timings & more details of this Gin event:

All times are subject to change.
ToFromDetails Speaker(s)OrganisationAbout
09.00 09.20Registration
09.20 09.30Opening remarks and introduction to the Gin Guild.Dr Anne BrockThe Gin Guild
Grand Rectifier of the Gin Guild and Master Distiller, Bombay Sapphire
Please note these are Draft details at this stage - confirmed details will appear here nearer the time
09.3010.00 ‘Fingerprinting Juniper’

Very merry berry - juniper is key to gin The identification of specific markers for juniper.
Matthew PauleyHeriot Watt UniversityAssistant professor and PhD student in The International Centre for Brewing and Distilling
10.0010.20Flaming Heck! - Safety compliance by design. Mitigating the dangers implicit in storage and production/working with high ABV spirit.Professor Scott Allen, CEng FIChemEAllen Associates (HPE) LtdManaging Director
10.2010.40Storytelling, perception and truth - A look at how well executed distinctive packaging design can add value to your brand.Ivan BellStranger & Stranger Packaging design and branding
10.4011.15Coffee and networking
11.1511.35Beyond the soundbite - integrating sustainability into your distillery.Will EdgeGreensand Ridge Distillery – winner of the 2019 Distillery Sustainability Award from the Spirits Business
11.3512.05Tutored gin tasting - what’s new for 2020?
The world of gin is a fast-paced environment with constant innovation and there have been many new releases since last year’s Ginposium. This session looks at some of the more interesting new releases, as well as gin trends on which to keep an eye.
David T SmithSummerfruitcup.comSpirit Author and Gin Judge
12.0512.45Young Distillers Forum - Mentoring and support from the industry to ensure future proofing of appropriately qualified gin industry players TBA.
Chairman: Dr Anne Brock and Industry Panel
12.4513.05The good the bad and the ugly - A mindful innovation approach for Flavoured Gin’s and the role of botanicals and flavours within this ever expanding category.
Joanne MooreQuintessential Brands Group Master Distiller
13.0514.00Lunch and networking
14.0014.20Colour me beautiful - A wider application of the Gin-Note flavour profiling methodology (in distillery visitor tasting Experiences) to describe gin flavours.
Alice PearsonThe Cotswold Distilling Company Ltd.New Product Development
14.2014.45Licensed to Spill - Retail licensing issues that distilleries and gin producers face under the Licensing Act 2003Gary GrantFrancis Taylor Building, Inner TempleLicensing Barrister
14.4515.15Back by demand: Relaunching a brand - trials and tribulations, TBANatasha CurtinBacardi Global BrandsGlobal Vice President, Bombay Sapphire
15.1515.50Tea and networking
15.5016.20Sense and Sustainability
Professor Katherine SmartDiageoGlobal Technical Director & Professor at the University of Cambridge
16.2016.50Casting an Eagle eye on the US gin scene
Stephen Gould Golden Moon DistilleryFounder / Master Distiller - Golden Moon Distillery
 
16.5018:20Gin & Tonic and networking
A selection of gin and mixer options
 Featuring Gin Guild founder member brands and Schweppes 1783 Signature mixers.

Location of this Gin event:

RSA HOUSE, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

Find out more about the 2019 event and The Gin Guild:

Read more about the 2019 Ginposium event

As ever in 2020 the Gin Guild will ensure that the quality content is made available to the widest possible audience and that it remains accessible, as part of its mission to educate and inform the industry, media and beyond, by having the event professionally filmed and then placing the edited content on this website.

Resources from the 2019 event now available to download

Ginposium 2019 programme
A leaf out of your book Developments in the botanical trade and how, in an expanding market and with variable climate conditions, one deals with quality control. Tommy Haughton Beacon Commodities
Bottling it Glass innovation – Bespoke or off the shelf, decoration, size and the design process. Design trends and innovation. Brand penetration, line extensions and scalability. Nolan Kane Allied Glass
Dark satanic stills? What today are the ‘stills traditionally used for gin? How does your still design affect your gin? Dr Anne Brock Bombay Sapphire
Growing pains Dead kings, grotesque gins and mighty big explosion. The journey from kitchen to micro distillery. A guide for distillery startups. Ben Marston, Puddingstone Distillery
Tutored gin tasting What’s new for 2019? This session looks at some of the more interesting new releases, as well as gin trends to keep an eye on. David T Smith SummerfruitCup.com
Structuring Sensory Practices for Gin Quality & Innovation Regardless of style, base spirit neutrality is extremely important. Off-notes cause adverse effect on flavour consistency and stability. Evelyne Canterranne FlavorActiV
Gin-personator! Protecting your brand & IP against look-a-likes and infringers Ciara Cullen RPC
Innovation and Educators clear the path for imitators and disrupters Tom Warner Warner’s Distillery
Gordon’s Gin: 250 years young 2019 is the 250th anniversary for Tanqueray Gordon & Co’s iconic gin. Notes on its recipe for success. Terry Fraser Joanne McKerchar Diageo
Striking the balance between creativity and compliance With increasing numbers of complaints about small and independent gins, it is more important than ever to stay on the right side of the Codes. Alistair Taylor The Portman Group
Ripsnorter – The gin view from Australia Stuart Gregor Four Pillars Distillery

For films of previous events and more
See www.theginguild.com

About The Gin Guild

Gin Specification

The Guild only recognises gin styles produced by distilling ethyl alcohol in stills traditionally used for gin, in the presence of juniper berries and other botanicals – provided that the juniper taste is predominant.

Gin Guild Management

The strategy of the Guild is set by a Management Committee made up of representatives from the four largest UK gin distillers (Diageo, Grants, Bacardi and Chivas), with other Guild members and Liverymen from the Worshipful Company of Distillers.

The titular head of the Guild is the Grand Rectifier. The four largest distilling companies are represented by Founder Wardens. Other gin distillers are represented by Warden Rectifiers. Individual Guild members are known as Rectifiers.

Gin Guild Membership

Membership is open to all (subject to gin distillers and brand owners meeting the Gin Guild Gin specification).

Applications for membership of the Guild should be addressed to the Gin Guild Director General (see contact details).

Benefits of Gin Guild Membership

As detailed in the Guild objectives, membership brings together Gin distillers and industry leaders involved in the production, promotion, distribution and consumption of Gin.

The Guild annually arrange, co-host and/or facilitate access for Guild members to a programme of gin related events and celebrations.

Current details are available on request, but include:

  • Annual Gin tasting event
  • Guild installation ceremonies (including an option for full members of Guild installation at the prestigious venue of the Mansion House, London, followed by a combined Banquet with the Worshipful Company of Distillers in the famous Egyptian Hall).

Gin Guild Promotion

The Gin Guild Website is regularly updated and the Guild produce a regular magazine covering both Guild events and gin articles.

Education and Development

The Guild develop its links and encourage further education and research into gin, and work with the London based Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the International Centre for Brewing & Distilling at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London and the Distillation Department of Minnesota University, USA.