Love gin? Meet Lucy Beard, co-owner of Cape Town’s first artisanal distillery
We started off making about 500 bottles per month… We now distil up to, on average, about 10 000 bottles per month…Lucy Beard, Hope on Hopkins
In South Africa we have fynbos… and all these interesting and unusual flavours…Lucy Beard, Hope on Hopkins
Lucy Beard is the co-owner of Hope on Hopkins, Cape Town’s first artisanal distillery.
Beard, who formerly practiced as a lawyer in London, has a team that handcrafts spirits by using an age old process of batch distillation.
Hope on Hopkins produces three quality gins:
London Dry Gin
Salt River Gin
It also makes small quantities of vodka and a 100% agave spirit, Esperanza (which they’re not allowed to call tequila).
Hope on Hopkins also designs, distils and produces gins for other brands.
It’s one of the few distilleries in the world that uses barley as the base for its spirits.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).
The weather [in London] wore us down…Lucy Beard, Hope on Hopkins
We set our minds on Cape Town…Lucy Beard, Hope on Hopkins
We started off, a bit, on a wing and a prayer.Lucy Beard, Hope on Hopkins
We’ve had to tweak the way we distil [due to the drought in Cape Town]… we’re sinking a borehole in two weeks’ time… We recycle all our water, as and when we can.Lucy Beard, Hope on Hopkins
Our pricing is a challenge…Lucy Beard, Hope on Hopkins
We don’t have the economies of scale of the big guys… It’s, literally, our hands making it… some people are willing to pay the price.Lucy Beard, Hope on Hopkins
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