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Modern British Spirit

Small batch gin

BDC - Modern British Spirit

Craft Distilled

A gin for the bold, the fearless, the triumphant.
For the doers, the seekers, the strivers. It's both serious yet irreverent, assertive yet balanced, spicy yet refreshing. It's like nothing else before it and yet strangely, hauntingly, reassuringly familiar.

1600s

The Oldest English Distillery?

The city's first commercial distillery is established on Cheese Lane in the centre of Bristol. It is believed to have been one of the first in the whole of England.

1761

Free Spirit

The Duke of York visits Bristol to receive the freedom of the city and to celebrate the occasion malt spirit from the Cheese Lane distillery is handed out freely to the population of the city.

1863

Chairman Board

The original Bristol Distilling Company is officially incorporated as a private limited company by Joseph C Board.

1909

Narrow Escape

A massive fire sweeps through the distillery’s grain lofts and barges on the river below. Heroic efforts from Bristol’s fire service mean many of the buildings are saved and production can begin again.

1940

The End

When the blitz came to Bristol in 1940, it was always going to be a long shot that the distillery and its vast spirit tanks could survive. Unfortunately it did not, taking a direct hit on the the night of December 6th, and in a few terrible, fiery hours, centuries of distilling history were razed to the ground.

2017

The Beginning

77 years later we picked the story back up. We are writing the next chapter in Bristol’s rich distilling history.

Our distillery is in the heart of Bristol, UK. We make true craft small batch premium liquor in a manner that both respects the time honoured methods of the past whilst embracing the technological opportunities of the present.

Our copper still is the only one of its kind in Europe today. Daringly imagined, expertly planned and uniquely engineered just for us, it combines the best of traditional copper pot distillation with a four plate borosilicate glass column.

Without spirit, we are but shadows and dust. Spirit defines us. Spirit elevates us. Spirit breathes life into our hollow bones. In spirit we are moved to act, and our actions build us, piece by piece.

"What you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

Goethe/Anster


We’re not trying to reinvent the theory of distillation, nor revolutionise the industry. We’re trying to excel within it; to shape it, nudge it, tweak it, push it - to drive it forward. To better it. Each day a small step in the right direction.

We are doers and strivers. We believe that anything we set our minds and hearts to we can accomplish - and if not, then there is beauty and power in the endeavour, the journey. This is our state of mind. This is our Modern British Spirit.

We will be unbound, unbridled, unconstrained. We will strive, we will persevere, we will overcome.

Spirit inspires. Spirit triumphs. Spirit carries us forward, onward, upward. In spirit we are stirred to go beyond, to rise above and to find greatness. To transcend.