Hull bar Humber Street Distillery Co has created its own gin – the first spirit produced in the Yorkshire city in living memory.
With its new in-house distillery, it has developed Hull Dry Gin which is on sale in the bar as well as at a limited number of other local bars and restaurants.
It is a citrus-led dry gin with floral notes, featuring cubeb berries and cassia bark with camomile flowers, elderflower and pink grapefruit peel, bottled at 40% ABV.
The bottle features Hull landmarks and was designed by east Yorkshire-based architectural illustrator Nick Coupland.
The launch followed months of work building and installing the bespoke still, which is on display behind a glass wall in the bar – Hull’s first licensed distillery in decades.
It was developed by the bar’s owners, Lee Kirman and Charlotte Bailey, with master distiller Jamie Baxter who has been involved in setting up many distilleries from Chase and City of London to 45 West Distillers which makes Burleigh’s Gin.
Lee and Charlotte invested £90,000 in the gin production facilities, including the copper still that has been custom-made to a bespoke specification by renowned German distillery maker Holstein. The 150-litre still, dubbed Lola Grace, has a production capacity of 220 bottles a day.
Lee said: “The bar opened just over a year ago and has been a great success. Now the launch of the still and our own unique, home-produced gin is a dream come true for us.
“Customers can enjoy a drink in the bar and admire the still as it works its magic. It’s a fabulous feature and really adds to the experience.
“It’s always been our ambition to make Humber Street Distillery one of the places you really must visit if you’re coming to Hull and the gin still makes it even more of a draw.”
Jamie, who is pictured centre with Lee and Charlotte, added: “The still is stunningly beautiful and makes Humber Street Distillery a real destination. I think people will love visiting the bar to see the still and, of course, enjoy the gin it produces.
“There’s no computer controlling this still. Everything is done by hand, by taste, by touch and by listening to the sounds the still makes. The gin it produces is lovingly created. It’s an artisan, hand-made product that is uniquely local and people love that.”
The bar specialises in spirits, with 150 gins, 60 rums and 15 bourbons with a gin-led cocktail menu, and also offer beers and wines. House specialities include the Fruit Market Martini with Hull Dry Gin, apricot brandy, raspberry spirit and grapefruit juice.
Other stockists for the new gin in Hull include The Minerva, 1884 Dock Street Kitchen, Butler Whites, Furley & Co and The Old House as well as the Pig & Whistle in nearby Beverley. The owners are also exploring opportunities for national distribution.
Hull Dry Gin will be among more than 120 gins at the Humber Street Distillery/The Minerva Gin Festival at Hull Minster on May 25 and 26. Details at www.hullboxoffice.com.