Couple arrange England’s smallest distillery of their backyard SHED

A pair who began making their very own gin as a passion throughout lockdown have arrange England’s smallest distillery – of their backyard shed.

Stewart Bridge and Claire Ashford have been working their tiny manufacturing line from behind their bungalow in Irchester, Northants.

The distillery produces 9 gins – together with the most well-liked marshmallow and glitter flavour – in addition to super-hot chilli vodka.

They now produce 500 bottles of spirits a month after receiving their official brewing licence.

With the couple’s largest nonetheless pot being solely 100 litres, is it believed they’re the homeowners of the smallest distillery in England.

A pair who began making their very own gin as a passion throughout lockdown have arrange England’s smallest distillery – of their backyard shed. Pictured: Head distiller Stewart Bridge

The distillery produces nine gins - including the most popular marshmallow and glitter flavour - as well as super-hot chilli vodka

The distillery produces 9 gins – together with the most well-liked marshmallow and glitter flavour – in addition to super-hot chilli vodka

Stewart Bridge and Claire Ashford have been running their tiny production line from behind their bungalow in Irchester, Northants since 2020

Stewart Bridge and Claire Ashford have been working their tiny manufacturing line from behind their bungalow in Irchester, Northants since 2020

Stewart, 39, stated: ‘I’d been producing my very own beer, wine and cider for a very long time, then throughout lockdown we found gin.

‘I used to completely hate gin, I used to be a whisky man. I began going to native gin and rum festivals.

‘You get fast outcomes, roughly inside 24 hours. With beer it takes months.’

The couple invested £40,000 into their enterprise, which they known as Little Satan Distillery, and kitted out their 10ft by 28ft shed at their dwelling with fermenters and stills final yr.

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They presently promote to bars and supermarkets and have not too long ago offered their 2 hundredth bottle however have utilized for a licence to promote to clients on-line.

Stewart said he and fiancée Claire experimented with more than 100 gin flavours before developing the top nine which include the popular marshmallow tipple which is 45 per cent proof and costs £39.99

Stewart stated he and fiancée Claire experimented with greater than 100 gin flavours earlier than creating the highest 9 which embody the favored marshmallow tipple which is 45 per cent proof and prices £39.99

With the couple's largest still pot being only 100 litres, is it believed they are the owners of the smallest distillery in England

With the couple’s largest nonetheless pot being solely 100 litres, is it believed they’re the homeowners of the smallest distillery in England

Stewart stated he and fiancée Claire experimented with greater than 100 gin flavours earlier than creating the highest 9 which embody the favored marshmallow tipple which is 45 per cent proof and prices £39.99.

He added: ‘We wished some flavours which can be widespread so that folks recognise it. And we wished some out-there ones.

‘I made the marshmallow gin and thought it seemed boring. Some pals prompt edible glitter so we examined a great deal of completely different colors of glitter.

‘When individuals style it and I see their eyes roll into the again of their head, it’s such an ideal feeling to know that my product has touched their mind. Food and drinks is admittedly fairly a private expertise.’

They currently sell to bars and supermarkets and have recently sold their 200th bottle but have applied for a licence to sell to customers online

They presently promote to bars and supermarkets and have not too long ago offered their 2 hundredth bottle however have utilized for a licence to promote to clients on-line

The couple are also aiming to be more environmentally friendly and eventually produce solar-powered gin

The couple are additionally aiming to be extra environmentally pleasant and ultimately produce solar-powered gin

The couple are additionally aiming to be extra environmentally pleasant and ultimately produce solar-powered gin.

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Claire, 45, stated: ‘We wish to be one in all England’s first carbon destructive distillery.

‘We plan to develop a few of our botanicals on our property. We additionally plan to get photo voltaic panels to make solar powered gin.

‘We solely purchase our vitality from renewable vitality sources.’

Stewart was identified with autism as a baby however he says making his wacky gins has improved his psychological well being.

He stated: ‘I used to be steadily known as a “little satan” as a baby. I used to be an undiagnosed “brat” and expelled from so many colleges.

‘That’s the rationale why I known as the enterprise Little Satan Distillery.

‘I even have ADHD so hobbies have been fleeting, however the science and the chemistry for making the gins actually scratched an itch.

‘I’ve been so lucky and I wish to give one thing again to different individuals with autism.’ 

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