Lockdown didn’t just lead to lockdown for the hospitality industry – it also inspired new food and drink businesses across the UK – and for one trio, it inspired Birmingham’s first Whiskey distillery!

The Spirit of Birmingham distillery began production in May 2021 in south east Birmingham based on the plan & vision of Joan, Xanthe & Anthony Dillon.

They describe themselves as three proud Brummies, with a good dollop of Irish heritage; born, educated & living in “The City of 1000 Trades”, and say their idea for the distillery was nurtured by many evenings spent in great company, tasting & debating great spirit. Planning commenced a couple of years ago and then lockdown provided the time to plan and organise.

Spirit of Birmingham was borne from a love of uncomplicated quality, alongside a desire to create, innovate and give the second city it’s own grain to glass distillery.

Spirit of Birmingham Ltd will begin laying down casks of spirit for a minimum of three years – and to ease the anticipation, they will be producing a unique style of Vodka and limited-edition batches of craft beer, all using specially selected traditional heritage varieties of grain, chosen for depth of flavour.

The team are really looking forward to holding some launch events once lockdown is over & hospitality can get back on its feet. Follow Spirit of Birmingham on social media for updates.

Instagram: @spiritofbirmingham Twitter: @spiritofbrum
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