Boutique brands lead craft boom

Edinburgh trade event to showcase small batch gins

• Boutique brands lead craft boom.

A HOST of small batch gin producers will be among the exhibitors at this year’s Boutique Bar Show.

The event, which will take place at Mansfield Traquair in Edinburgh on October 22, will feature a wide range of boutique drinks brands.
Hundreds of trade representatives are expected to attend the show, which will include a series of workshops throughout the day in addition to the exhibition stands.
A cluster of Scottish boutique gins will be showcased at the event, including Islay gin The Botanist and Darnley’s View, which is produced by Fife firm Wemyss Malts; these will feature alongside small batch gins from elsewhere in the UK, such as Aviation, Ish, Sipsmith, Whitley Neill and Burleighs.
Boutique Bar Show founder Andrew Scutts said: “Chase and Sipsmith have been hugely successful and are pioneering the new craft gin boom.
“They are still exhibiting interesting new products and range extensions such as the VJOP from Sipsmith and Williams Chase Seville Orange Gin.
“One of the founding Chase distillery team, Jamie Baxter, who has been involved in Burleighs gin, will be talking about the opportunity to distil in the bar environment which will be really interesting for venues looking to offer customers the ultimate in bespoke drinks.”
The show will also join forces with the Scottish Juniper Festival to showcase a range of new boutique gins which are less than twelve months old.
New brand launches are promised from producers including the East London Liquor Company, while beer aficionados can learn about differing beer styles at the Hot Rum Cow stand.
Other events lined up for this year’s Boutique Bar Show include a personal effectiveness workshop where bar staff can learn management skills, and a cocktail session which will feature a demonstration of how to create a classic Negroni cocktail with French wine aperitif Byrrh.
Bar manager Declan McGurk and former Edinburgh bartender and Bacardi Legacia winner Tom Walker will also reflect on the important role cocktails play at The Savoy in London.
Scutts added: “From owners to bartenders we have a workshop that will definitely be of interest and benefit.
“Of particular note is our management development workshop, that has received excellent feedback around the UK this year.”