Distillery and Visitor Centre To Open In Stirling

The couple who created award-winning Stirling Gin are set to open a distillery in the shadow of Stirling Castle.

June and Cameron McCann have bought a 19th century building, formerly a blacksmiths, which they plan to transform into a distillery and visitor centre.

The move will give Stirling Gin a home to grow from as well as creating jobs and attracting extra visitors to Stirling.

The McCanns are working with a local architect and building firm and refurbishment plans for the Old Smiddy on Stirling’s Lower Castlehill have already started.

The aim is for the distillery to be fully open by next summer.

June McCann said: “We had been looking for the perfect site and always knew the building would find us and it has – distilling from `Scotland’s Heart’ was always our intention.

“The Old Smiddy felt like the right place from the moment we entered it.

“Being in the shadow of Stirling Castle, along with the blank canvas it offered, meant it was an opportunity which couldn’t be missed.”

It is believed the new centre will be the first legal distillery within the Stirling City boundary.

Stirling North councillor Jim Thomson welcomed the plans.

He said: “I think the distillery and visitor centre will be a great tourist attraction.

“It will encourage tourists to visit somewhere else in the town so they don’t just come to see the castle and then disappear.

“It may also help other businesses, such as the cafes which are nearby, and it will be good to have something else in the Top of the Town.”

Stirling Gin was created in a tiny copper pot still in the McCann’s Bridge of Allan kitchen two years ago and launched at the 2015 Stirling Gin Festival.

The couple will be inviting fans of their artisan tipple to `Join the Journey’ of Stirling Distillery as plans unfold over the coming months.

 

 

Stirling Gin Make The Shortlist at The Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2017

We are thrilled to announce we have made it though to three categories in
The Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2017

After tough competition, we are delighted to be in the final three for the following.

Best Start up Business (less than 2 years)

This award is for businesses which have been trading for two years or less, and which show a high degree of entrepreneurship and a clear vision for the future. Applicants will be asked to provide details of how the company has performed and what its future projections are. They will also be asked to explain the background to the business, the markets in which it operates the business vision and the research that was undertaken when the business was in development. Applicants should evidence a clear strategic direction for the business and sound business principles.

Best Micro Business (fewer than 10 employees)

This award is intended to highlight successful micro businesses with fewer than 10 members of staff.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate a clearly defined strategy for developing and growing the business in terms of turnover, innovative marketing and communications. Applicants will be able to demonstrate sustainability and show good staff engagement. The winning organisation will
demonstrate entrepreneurial characteristics combined with dynamic and measurable systems to
monitor performance, financial controls, marketing and sales growth.

And finally the one that all our GINtastic fans can help us with is the Public Vote for the following…..

Forth Valley’s Favourite Business

This award is open to all businesses trading in the Forth Valley and we are in the final 10. Voting closes on July 31st please vist  public vote
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No details are required just a simple click. Thank you all in advance 🙂

Bloody Scotland Crime Writers Festival

 

Stirling Gin hits the bookworm trail in it quest to solve the mystery of how Cameron can drive round London with his eyes almost closed, but ask him to find his wallet or glasses, now that’s more complex than a Val MacDermid novel!

 

Stirling Gin recently attended the launch of  Bloody Scotland Crime Writers Festival at Waterstones
Piccadilly London, and we are delighted to announce that we are one of the headline sponsors at the event taking place in Stirling from 8- 10 September.

 

Not only have we created a special cocktail for the launch of the event named ‘Bloody Scotland’ it will also be available during the festival at key bars in the city, and has been a huge hit at all our events we have served it at recently.
With what’s happening soon at Stirling Gin we look forward to working with the Bloody Scotland team for years to come.

 

The Bloody Scotland’ recipe is no secret and has already been passed onto bartenders at some very top locations.
It consists of the following….
One Part Stirling Gin
One Part Fresh Lime Juice
One Part Cranberry Juice
One Part Blood Orange Syrup
Mix and pour the above over ice then top up with Soda Water and enjoy!

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017

We were pleased to have Stirling Gin as one of the key features in the Film Festival’s ‘Gin Village’ at the Opening Night Gala. With crowds of thirsty film goers, the event was busy and bustling from the get go.

The Stirling Gin bar was offering our Perfect serve G&T’s with Orange and Basil garnish, along with a Cocktail offering of the ‘Bloody Scotland’ Which is our signature cocktail for the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival. This Blood orange sour style cocktail proved a huge success (with over 16litres disappearing in the first two hours!)

Hard graft and lightening speed drink slinging was all worth it to see the queue of smiling faces waiting for their Stirling Gin fix!

To view all the images of the opening party please click on the following link. www.edfilmfest.org.uk

The Inaugural Scottish Gin Awards 2017

The very first Scottish Gin Awards have been organised for the 14th of September and we are excited to announce that we have been shortlisted as finalists for 3 of the award categories.

The awards were organised by Stephen White of the Scottish Gin Society, alongside other industry experts who formed a comprehensive tasting & judging panel.

We are contending with other great gins for…

London Dry Gin of the Year
Growth Business of the year
Scottish Gin Event of the Year.

This is incredibly exciting for us and we would also like to wish all the other brands the greatest success in the awards.

Roll on September for what’s sure to be be a cracker!

For more information please go to www.scottishginawards.co.uk

 

Stirling Gin Just The Finisher For The Stirling Marathon Runners

 

It was an absolute pleasure setting up our bar for all the thirsty runners at Stirling’s very first Marathon. Big congratulations to all runners who took part and we can’t believe how quickly our ‘Finisher’ cocktail disappeared! The recipe will be posted up on the website so you can enjoy it with your Stirling Gin at home.
All the well earned drinks went down so well that we have been asked to return next year and you may see Stirling Gin at a few more Great Run events around the UK, watch this space!
Now I wonder if any of our team will ever get our running shoes on ??

Team Murdoch our Olympic Medalists were there handing out tasters to everyone on the day (well those of an age to sample)

Two very happy runners enjoying a Stirling Gin tasters prior to their very large G&T.
It turned from The Scottish Stirling Marathon to at the finish line to The Stirling Gin Run as they headed straight over to our bar.

Our new plastic Spanish Balloon glasses were a real hit, these stemmed glasses will help keep your drink cold on sunny days and are slightly oversized so you don’t spill a drop! Cheers!

Stirling Gin is Branding Out

Say hello to the latest member of our Stirling Gin team! This shinny new van will help us move gallons of tasty Stirling Gin all over the country for various events and festivals.

We recently helped out our friends after The Stirling Whisky Festival and just about managed to fit the entire contents of the Whisky shop in, so space shouldn’t be an issue.
If you see us on the road be sure to give us a wave or a smile. Now all we need is a name…

 

 

 

Gin Taster for Stirling Marathon Runners

Thanks to Stirling News and The Stirling Observer today for sharing our story…

Stirling Marathon runners can look forward to a post-race sip of gin and tonic once they cross the finish line.
Two of Scotland’s Olympic curlers, Michael Goodfellow and Greg Drummond, will be handing out tasters of Stirling Gin to athletes after they complete the gruelling run.

Bridge of Allan-based Stirling Gin has been named as one of the sponsors for the inaugural Stirling Scottish Marathon which takes place on Sunday May 21.

Staff at the family firm, which also sponsors Stirling-based curlers Team Murdoch, were delighted to get involved in the event which will see 6,500 runners take on a scenic 26.2-mile course.

Co-founder June McCann said: “We created Stirling’s first gin and this is the first Stirling Marathon so it seemed a perfect fit for us to get on board with the race.
“It’s a fantastic run route which goes through Bridge of Allan, where my husband Cameron and I invented Stirling Gin in our kitchen, and past the iconic Wallace Monument which we feature on our labels.

“We thought it would be a good opportunity to offer thirsty runners a taste of our gin with ice and tonic after the race.
“And for the gin-lovers amongst the athletes, the thought of their favourite drink waiting for them might give them an extra boost as they head towards the finish line.”

The award-winning firm will have a gin bar set up near the finish line selling drinks to spectators as well as providing free tasters for runners.

And Stirling curlers Michael Goodfellow and Greg Drummond will be helping serve up gin at the showpiece event which has attracted runners from across Scotland as well as legendary athletes Liz McColgan and Zola Budd.

The pair – with colleagues David Murdoch and Scott Andrews – were part of the successful GB curling squad which won Silver at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and are hoping to be selected for the 2018 Games.
Michael said: “Living and training in Stirling, it is incredibly exciting for such a big sporting event to come to our home town.
“The inaugural Stirling Scottish Marathon will showcase Stirling and hopefully reinforce it as a major sporting hub in Scotland.
“As big sports fans, we jumped at the opportunity to be involved at the Stirling Gin stall and help cheer on the runners at the finish line.”

The Great Run Company, which is organising the Marathon, is pleased to see a local brand get behind the event.
The firm’s Richard Easterbrook said: “We’re delighted to partner with Stirling Gin for the Stirling Scottish Marathon.
“With Stirling Gin being Stirling’s first gin and this event being Stirling’s first marathon, it is a great fit.
“We’re really excited for our first event here and we’re sure Stirling Gin will be a welcome sight on the finish line for our 6,500 participants.”

Meanwhile, David Kilgour, of Bridge of Allan, is running the Marathon on behalf of Stirling Gin to raise funds for So Precious – a charity which supports neonatal, paediatric and maternity services at Forth Valley Hospital.
David, whose son needed life-saving neonatal care when he was born, wants to raise money for a reclining chair that allows fathers to stay with their new baby and partner on the maternity ward.

Stirling Gin was created by the McCanns following experiments with a range of botanicals in their kitchen two years ago.
It is produced in partnership with Glasgow Distillery and was recently named Best New Business at the Scottish SME Business Awards.