This month is already proving to be a big one for Stirling Gin. Perhaps it’s because one of our fearless leaders is called June? Perhaps, like a family of hibernating lizards, the sun has kicked our bodies into a frenzy of activity? Whatever the cause, we are delighted to share what has been, what is coming and how we feel about it all.
Stirling Gin have teamed up with Bridgehaugh Park to become the new jersey sponsors for Stirling County Rugby. Local businesses are incredibly important when it comes to backing our smaller teams and skipper Johnny Hope is particularly excited by the deal. Hope, pictured below with our other equally fearless leader Cameron McCann, says “it’s great to have a local company like Stirling Gin prepared to sponsor [the] club and I very much hope their example will be followed by other local companies. This type of backing is the lifeblood of the club.”
Both Cameron and his son Hugo are rugby fans, often to be found at Murrayfield during the season, so its a cause close to Stirling Gin’s heart. Seeing Stirling County compete at Murrayfield against Melrose was a proud moment, despite their defeat. Cameron states, “Stirling County is a key part of the Stirlingshire community and does so much good work with our youngsters (…) we are delighted to do all we can to play a positive part in supporting the institution.”
June 4th and 5th saw us appearing at home and away with the launch of this year’s Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival and our equally anticipated cocktail, the Bloody Scotland. After a brilliant first night in Stirling with the incomparable Alexander McCall Smith at the helm, we travelled down to London to continue the festivities. The gin was flowing. The crime was being read. Heads may have been sore the next day.
Now in its 6th year the Bloody Scotland festival will see the likes of Irvine Welsh, Louise Penny, Val McDermid, Ann Cleeves, Peter James and Chris Brookmyre along with a host of others. Activities will run in Stirling from September 21st – 23rd and tickets can be browsed and bought here. Stirling Gin are a proud sponsor of the festival and we strongly suggest you make it up for the torch procession through the city. It will blow your mind…
What else, I hear you ask, could we possibly be up to? If you’re a fan of rum and cocktails then you may want to jot this down. Saturday June 16th will see us host the very first Gean House Gin, Rum and Cocktail Festival. Set in beautiful grounds in Alloa there will be over 60 spirits to try along with masterclasses, meet the maker sessions, a BBQ and some fantastic deals on bottle sales. Tickets can be bought here and remember, the BBQ won’t last long!
There are many reasons to go to Oban (top of the list being to taste the glorious seafood at The Green Shack) but the Lorne Highland Games on June 24th may be a close second. Stirling Gin will be running a gin and cocktail bar, complete with our show stopping Bloody Scotland, and if you’re into cable tossing, tug of war and dog shows then you are in for one fantastic day. Note: the cable throw is an unconfirmed rumour started by yours truly.
Woodwinters in Bridge of Allan are well known for their excellent wine selection, wide-range of gins and brilliant staff knowledge. We usually get a dram of something tasty whenever we go in – for business reasons, of course. This Friday, June 8th, they are hosting their annual Big Gin Tasting in Dunblane and our brand ambassador Stewart Patience has made sure Stirling Gin have their usual spot. Last minute tickets can be bought here. Below is a picture of Stewart with a dog, just because.
Stirling is our home, our heart and our blood. It’s where we pick our nettles, plan our events and write our stories. And on June 9th it’s also the home of sheep judging, tractor admiring and horses in fancy dress. I am of course talking about the Stirling Agricultural Show and to get everyone through the excitement we will be setting up our famous gin stall. You don’t have to own a farm to attend but a healthy love of gin would be a good start.
And finally, if you happen to find yourself in Yorkshire on the 16th of June you will also find us at the Leyburn Gin Fayre. Running over two sessions, this event will see a plethora of gins from all over the world, with a particular emphasis on England and Scotland. Tickets can be bought here – we will be waiting with a nice cold G&T.
Stirling Gin offer a variety of tasting packages for private parties, business functions, club events and more. Prices start at £20 – get in touch with Lara at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. And remember, if you’re simply after a bottle for yourself or as a gift, they can be bought online here.