Hackney Gin School doors re-opening at the sustainable 58 Gin Distillery


58 Gin, the artisan spirits distillery in Hackney, is inviting Londoners to keep their spirits up under the new 10pm curfew restriction by re-opening its popular Gin School on October 2nd.

Socially-distanced pre-booked sessions on Friday evenings (6.30pm – 9.30pm) and Saturday afternoons (2pm – 5pm) are available to enjoy with your six-person bubble within the beautifully airy, 2600 square foot distillery located beneath the lofty Haggerston railway arches.

The stunning premises off the cobblestone lane of Acton Mews are COVID-safe, with every measure taken to ensure compliance with the latest Government Coronavirus guidelines. This includes pre-session declaration forms, protective screens and PPE for distillery staff, socially distanced gin stations and enhanced cleaning regimes. Added to this, each Gin School attendee will be handed their own 58 Gin-itizer (WHO formulation, containing 80% alcohol and essential oils) to use as instructed and take home with them.

Each immersive and sensory masterclass will be hosted by an expert distiller who will impart their expertise on recipe creation, advise attendees on how to distil their own ultimate London Dry Gin, taste gin and bottle their own creation, complete with wax seal and personalised label.

An ideal gift for a loved one, or a luxurious treat to enjoy with a friend, participants will enjoy nibbles during the session and will take home their own 70cl bottle of gin and a 58 Gin Lovers Party Bag containing Merchant Heart tonic and canned water.

Carmen O’Neal, Managing Director for 58 Gin says: “We’re so pleased to be able to re-open our Gin School and offer a taste of normality during a difficult year. As the 10pm curfew is coming into play, the sessions offer an ideal way to mark the weekend in a safe and controlled environment and the team can’t wait to have the mini-stills up and running again.”

Sessions cost £120 per person or £199 for two people. Budding gin makers will need to book online at 58Gin.com. Vouchers are available if purchasing for a gift.

58 Gin closed the doors to its sustainable distillery and ceased alcohol distillation on 19th March as lockdown became inevitable. All events (the Gin School/venue hire) were paused and the distillery became the first to switch production to hand sanitiser based on WHO guidelines.

58 Gin supplied sanitiser to a range of key workers, trusts and commercial organisations and also donated supplies to charities. A proportion of profits was and continues to be donated to The Drinks Trust to help protect fellow struggling businesses within the drinks trade, which has also been adversely affected by the pandemic.

In June, distillation resumed which enabled the team to fulfil its plans to launch the UK’s first premium gin-based hard seltzer and two new sustainably-sound gins, 58 Apple & Hibiscus Gin and 58 English Berry Gin.