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.

 

Stirling Gin Supports the Judy Murray Charity Lunch for Strathcarron Hospice

Recently we served up Stirling Gin G&T’s and Cocktails for the VIP drinks reception at The Judy Murray Lunch in aid of Strathcarron Hospice. It was a fabulous event which raised an amazing 30k well needed funds. The Hospice requires 11k a day to operate and is 93% self funded.

This fabulous event took place at DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro where the guests enjoyed a Stirling Gin drinks reception followed by a delicious three course Sunday lunch,  being entertained by a very special guest, Judy Murray.

                                          June McCann of Stirling Gin and Judy Murray

Welcoming our new Brand Ambassador!

This month we are delighted to welcome Stewart Patience to the team as our new Brand Ambassador for the UK. With this year already shaping up to be more exciting and busy than the last, Stewart will be looking after the on-trade and organising events throughout the country. He has 10 years of experience in Hospitality and events work, from music festivals and nightclubs to high end cocktail bars. Stewart says his passion for the drinks industry in Scotland was solidified when he started working in the former Booly Mardy’s of Glasgow’s West End. He has a thirst for spirit knowledge and a passion for making drinks that put a smile on peoples faces, so if you see him at any events near you in the future be sure to say hello!

Stewart maintained his bar and events work throughout his studies at the University of Glasgow where he gained an Honours Degree in Zoology, and throughout his studies at the University of Stirling where he gained a Masters in Environmental Sustainability. He also spent a year working in Queensland as a Scuba Diver by day, and cocktail Bartender by night.

Stewart also says he hopes to see Stirling Gin develop as a back bar staple for Gantries across the UK, so keep your eyes peeled over the coming months, its going to be exciting!

Stirling Gin Wins Top Business Award…

And the winners are…….Stirling Gin!  Our family firm Stirling Gin has been named Best New Business 2017 at the inaugural Scottish SME Business Awards.

To say we are chuffed to bits is an understatement!

The awards were presented at a glitzy ceremony in Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel last night following nominations from across Scotland and a public vote.

Thank you so much to everyone who nominated us for the award. We don’t know who you are, but it’s great to think that people out there know about Stirling Gin and care enough to put us forward for an award.

The fact that it was a public vote for the winner makes it very special too and it’s lovely to be appreciated for all the hard work we put into the business.

Accepting the award, Cameron spoke about our passion for the Gin and how we hoped to put Stirling on the map by creating a drink named after the city.

We’ve been inundated with messages of congratulations since it was announced and we’re grateful for all the support, really means a lot.

 The Scottish SME Business Awards, launched this year, celebrate the contributions made by small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Team Murdoch: 2017 Scottish Curling Men’s Champions!

And the Winners are Team Murdoch! Really pleased to be one of their main sponsors. Well done guys!

scottish-curling-champions

The Men’s Final of the Scottish Curling Championships took place at a packed Dewars Centre, Perth on Saturday 25th February with Team Murdoch taking the 2017 Scottish Curling Men’s Championship title. Team Murdoch will now represent Scotland at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Edmonton, Canada, 1st – 9th April 2017. The last time the players in the Murdoch rink won the Scottish Championship title was in 2013 – just before the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Stirling Gin wins People’s Choice Award

An artisan gin created by a Stirling couple in their kitchen has been crowned winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award.

June and Cameron McCann’s popular tipple Stirling Gin was given the honour by Country Living Fairs following their Christmas Fair in Glasgow.

June and Cameron McCann Stirling Gin

The gin was among a shortlist of 18 different products, including ceramics, textiles, speciality cheeses, handmade oils and unusual festive wreaths, which were selected by the organisers.

It was then up to the thousands of people who visited the annual Fair to vote for their favourite.

June said: “It’s the first time we’ve won an award and it’s fantastic this is something which was voted for by people who came along to the Fair and looked at and tried the products on offer.

“We’re really chuffed that the public chose Stirling Gin and it’s a lovely end to what has been a great year for us.”

A spokesman for Country Living Fairs said: “We are excited to announce that, in a very closely fought contest, the winner of the Glasgow People’s Choice Award is Stirling Gin.

“Big congratulation to its creators – husband and wife duo Cameron and June – who installed a tiny copper pot in their Stirling kitchen in 2015 and set about perfecting a recipe. We'll drink to that!”

Stirling Gin has gone from strength to strength since the McCanns decided to create their own gin and began experimenting with different botanicals almost two years ago.

They installed a tiny copper pot still, nicknamed Jinty, in their Bridge of Allan kitchen and set about distilling and blending different combinations – eventually settling on their perfect recipe after almost 50 tweaks.

After finalising the recipe for Stirling Gin, the couple scaled up the quantities and formed a working partnership with Glasgow Distillery to help them with production.

The first batch was distilled last October and the drink was launched at the Stirling Gin Festival the following month.

Stirling Gin now sells at a variety of outlets across the UK and is the main sponsor of Olympic medal winning Scottish curlers Team Murdoch.

 

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