Ginposium 2021 


The Distiller of London

Jared Brown/Anistatia Miller – The history of gin

Gin Ripples across the Pond

Natasha Bahrami – The Gin Girl: Gin and variants viewed from the USA

Gin distilling: from field to bottle

Kirsty Black, Head Distiller, Arbikie Distillery: Making your own base spirit (GNS)

The Richness of Nature

Rachel Sutherland, Flavour and Sensory Development Specialist, Warner’s Distillery: Developing a local true London Dry Gin reflecting local botanicals.

The State of Gin

Bernadette Pamplin (Chair)

Panel Discussion Juniper – Upfront and essential?

Aaron Knoll (Chair): How little is too little juniper for a gin to be considered a gin? A view from America.

Panel Discussion: What’s New?

Tasting with D T Smith (and panel)

Family Planning – Adding to the (brand) family

Rosie Milsom, Atom Brands: New Product Development

Winning Ways – Spirit Competitions – The benefit to brands

Dimple Athavia, IWSC (International Wine and Spirit Competition)

Patently Different – advances in still design

Abhi Banik, Head Distiller, Copper Rivet Distillery

Trespassers will be prosecuted

Nicholas Cook, The Gin Guild: Protecting the gin category

Scientific Exploration of Juniper

Matthew Pauley, the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University

Stay on top of Intellectual Property

Ciara Cullen, International law firm RPC: A helpful reminder and update on intellectual property issues.

Juniper – Upfront and essential?

Aaron Knoll
Spirit Historian

• Jason Barrett (Black Button Distilling).
• Jeff Fairbrother (Black Button Distilling).
• Melissa Katrincic Durham Distillery (US).
• Maggie Campbell (Privateer).
• Stephen Gould – (Golden Moon Distillers).

How little is Too Little Juniper for a Gin to be Considered a Gin? A view from America.

Aaron Knoll is a spirit’s historian, botanical spirits expert and author. He’s written several books on gin including Gin: The Art and Craft of the Artisan Revival which was named among the best gin books of the year by The Guardian and has been translated into six languages.

Aaron is the founder of The GIN is IN— an online resource dedicated to educating consumers on gin, gin flavour and created the first search tool for finding gin based on flavour. He also has served as judge for several international gin competitions including the American Distilling Institute and World Gin Awards. He was inducted into The Gin Guild as a Rectifier in 2019 for his contributions as a writer and educator. Aaron currently lives, works, and tastes gin out of Denver, Colorado.

Jason Barrett is the Proprietor of Black Button Distilling, which he started in 2012. Based in Rochester NY. He is a Warden Rectifier in the Gin Guild

Jeff Fairbrother conducts the day to day production of gin (and bourbon) at Black Button Distilling. He is a Rectifier in the Gin Guild

Melissa Katrincic is a scientist turned gin maker and is the marketing guru behind the gins produced by Durham Distillery (USA). She is the vice president of the North Carolina distillers Association and has sat on panels as a gin expert for ACSA and ADI conferences. She is a Rectifier in the Gin Guild

Maggie Campbell is a spirits, wine, flavour, and aroma expert with production and executive experience in the global drinks industry. Maggie served as President and Head Distiller of the spirits company Privateer Rum for 9 years elevating the company to cult brand.
Maggie served two elected terms on the Board of Directors of the American Craft Spirit Association and two elected terms as Vice President, she also serves as their Spirits Judging Director. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Resistance Served and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s International Advisory Alumni Board, representing the United States.

Stephen Gould is co-owner of Golden Moon Distillery and speakeasy. He is a board member of the Colorado Distiller’s Guild, a small distillery member of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and a member of the American Craft Spirit Association. He is the first American ever to be named a Warden of London’s Gin Guild and is a Liveryman of its parent body, the Worshipful Company of Distillers (a distilling trade body dating back to 1638). He has an extensive library of distilling works and is a passionate historian of distilling.

For films of previous events and more

Find out more 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 up-dated 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 and the Institute of Brewing & Distilling in London.