Sipsmith Distillery, Brackenbury Village, Hammersmith, West London, England, UK.
and Fairfax Hall grew up together as childhood friends in Cornwall, England and
both pursued careers in the Drinks Industry, most recently for Fullers and
Diageo respectively. Returning back to the UK in 2006, having seen the craft
spirit movement in the USA and developing a passion for handcrafted drinks,
they established Sipsmith on 14th March 2009. This came after 2
years of administrative battling (as no one had sought a distillery license in
London since Beefeater in 1820) and the selling of their homes to fund the “Gin
With the first copper pot distillery to open in London for nearly 200 years (189 to be precise), the company is ably supported by Master Distiller Jared Brown and Distilling Manager Chris Garden. Their mission is to create exceptional small batch artisan spirits and it is more than fair to say this is achieved with great aplomb. The distillery was founded on the site of an operational microbrewery from the 1700’s to the 1900’s, and more recently was the prior residence of the late and great beer and whisky writer Michael Jackson. 2014 expects to see them move to a new distillery venue in Chiswick, West London - where they also plan to add a third still to the production facilities. Tours and tastings are available on site, but check for times and dates and only by prior booking - especially important as these visits also sell out fast.