Our heritage

The Story Behind The Lancaster Spirits Company.

Our story begins with a dream, nurtured over many years of discussions and shared ambitions.

As Lancaster Brewery thrived in its current premises, the idea of incorporating distillation alongside our brewing operations took root.

The vision was clear: to craft spirits and beers exclusively within our large semi-rural site, creating a seamless drinking experience from grain to glass. A single site for a myriad of excellent beers, gins, vodkas and whisky.

LSCo Begins

Many months of careful planning and analysis from 2019 to 2021 led to the design and purchase of a bespoke, all copper still with two columns and a gin basket, marking the official beginning of The Lancaster Spirits Company.

Our journey was not without its challenges. Driven by a commitment to craftsmanship, we made the bold (foolhardy?) decision to manufacture our own ethanol for use in our gins and vodkas directly from beer produced at the brewery.

This decision, while ambitious, presented numerous obstacles, causing delays and creating additional costs. It was a steep and expensive learning curve. Yet, through resilience and determination, we persevered. In April 2021, our gleaming copper still arrived, signalling a new chapter in our story.

However, the road to success was fraught with trials and tribulations, from flavour taints to burst seams, from leaks to supply issues. Undeterred, we pressed on and embarked on a journey of refinement and innovation, resulting in a subtle, clean, and velvety base spirit, unique to Lancaster Spirits Company. This spirit forms the bedrock for all our gins and vodkas.

In mid 2022 we began the design and construction of a new exciting specialism for The Lancaster Spirits Company, The Whisky Room.

the whisky room

The Whisky Room took over two years from design to completion and is a new annexe to our existing site. This production/storage and tasting facility houses a brand new copper pot still, conditioning vessels, storage space for our casks and a special tasting area.

Designed to allow the local climate to permeate and influence the casks maturation, it's a lovely space for whisky and whisky tasters to thrive.

Today, as we reflect on our journey, we are inspired by the spirit of perseverance and the pursuit of excellence that defines our story.

Lancaster Spirits Company is more than a distillery – it's a testament to the power of passion, dedication, and the relentless pursuit of perfection.

Join us as we continue to write the next chapter of our story, crafting exceptional spirits that embody the essence of Lancaster's rich heritage and our unwavering commitment to quality.

Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. From sourcing local ingredients to harnessing renewable energy, we're committed to minimizing our environmental footprint. Our distillery runs on solar power, our ingredients are locally sourced, and we actively support community conservation efforts. Join us in crafting a more sustainable future, one sip at a time.

Provenance

Our commitment to provenance runs deep. From the grains we select to the water we use, every element of our spirits is carefully sourced and crafted on our one-acre site. With our own artisan well and a live strain of yeast, we ensure that every sip reflects the unique essence of Lancaster. Join us in celebrating the heritage and authenticity behind every bottle, as we continue to craft spirits that are rooted in tradition and quality

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