IF you’ve been following our weekly ‘Mash-Up’ column you will know that at Stirling Gin we are big rugby fans and with the start of the 2018 Six Nations Championship we were delighted to be invited to attend the first ever ‘Gin & Beer Festival’ held by our local rugby club Stirling County and timed to coincide with Scotland’s match against Wales in Cardiff, on Saturday.
As you can see from the picture below, with SG co-owner Cameron McCann (left) and brand ambassador Stewart ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’ Patience providing service with a smile (!) the event was a sell-out success with the 350 gin and beer lovers attending and the giant marquee at Bridgehaugh packed out.
With the event running from noon to 9pm the day really couldn’t have gone better, except for one minor thing…. the rugby!
“Considering this was the first time the event had been held it really was a great success and one that generated a really nice atmosphere,” revealed co-owner Cam.
He continued: “From an SG point of view we were delighted with how well both our Bloody Scotland cocktail and Stirling Gin went down, and I think there is every chance we will do it all over again, possibly before the end of this year’s Six Nations championship.
“When it comes to the rugby I guess the fact you were able to drown your sorrows and dull the pain of Scotland’s defeat in Cardiff was a silver lining!”
Indeed, as you can see from the picture this young lady refused to let the Scotland rugby team’s woeful display against the Welsh get her down!
Moving swiftly on, as SG get closer to moving into our new gin distillery in Stirling we have been having some very interesting meetings with, well…err…some very interesting people!
Last week co-owner June McCann (pictured below right) was to be found deep in conversation with STV’s Jill MacLachlan at Dunblane Hydro and after their meeting, which we hope will pave the way to SG developing a profile on the tellybox, the ladies were happy to pose for a quick snap!
Meanwhile at Stirling University Cameron was in full-flow as he made a presentation to business students that will provide these budding ‘Apprentices’ with an exciting opportunity which will play a key part in their Masters Degree.
Over to you Cam: “This is a very exciting project for SG and, I hope, for the students! What we are looking at is a live project which will revolve around building a marketing plan for a new SG product.
“The fact the project will play an integral part in their degree course will hopefully challenge these talented young people and focus them on building something that is progressive and dynamic which can really showcase their skills.
“So, it’s a great opportunity for them and I hope one that will provide something hugely beneficial for the new product we have planned. I am really looking forward to viewing the final results in March!” concluded Cameron, who is pictured below (far right) at Stirling University.
With February now into its first full week there is no let up for SG and this Saturday, February 10, we will be on duty at Dunblane’s Gin Fayre which is being held at the iconic Victoria Hall, starting at noon.
The great thing about Gin Fayres is that you get to meet the people behind the gin and find out about them and their gin’s story and with some of the most exciting names in the Scottish craft gin scene like (Minus) -33, Persie, Scapegrace and of course STIRLING GIN, we would be delighted to see you in Dunblane!
Of course, with Valentine’s Day looming large we are delighted that our ‘Pop-Up Gin Shop’ (staffed below by what’s he called again!) will once more be back in residence in Stirling’s famous Thistles Centre from this Thursday, February 8 to Sunday, February 11.
So, if you are struggling to come up with something a little bit different to light up your loved one’s face this February 14 then why not swing by and let SG help make your Valentine’s Day!
Stirling Gin…. isn’t it time you #GraspTheNettle!