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Donna Bowers
18 September 2020
Installation of the Master into the Schiedam Guild of Genever Distillers

The Master in the first international virtual ceremony, received the honour of being installed in the Guild of Genever Distillers based in Schiedam and received a wooden medal of the Golden Glass. The Master participated via Zoom and another new liveryman, Amanda Garnham from BNIC was similarly honoured! The Guild is an ancient order, set up by the local […]

Donna Bowers
16 September 2020
The Master’s Charity Bike Ride goes ahead under “Rule Six Restrictions”

We are providing an update on the Distillers 500 event in light of the new restrictions put in place by both the UK Government and Scottish Government with effect from Monday 14th September to combat the spread of Covid 19 (the “Rule of Six”). The organisers had already completed a detailed Health & Safety risk […]

Donna Bowers
7 September 2020

There is still time to support our riders and sponsor them via our JustGiving page. Show your support today and visit: THE MASTER: Kenny MacKay Having started my career in 1977, I have lived through some remarkablechanges in our industry – This continuum is also reflected in ourmembership, with somewhere over 85% of our […]

Donna Bowers
27 August 2020

September 16th – 22nd 2020 PLEASE HELP US RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE FOR 9 OUTSTANDING CHARITIES As I am sure you are aware, I rather stupidly said I would do something different for Charity in my Master’s year. Well, this year has certainly been different from anything I could possibly have imagined, but […]

Donna Bowers
29 July 2020
First ever International Installation by Zoom for the Livery!

On July 24th, three new freemen were installed in a virtual ceremony spanning three countries. Martin Brown Jr. and Marshall Farrer were proposed by family member and Court Assistant Garvin Brown, and were dialing in from the US to connect with the Masters and Wardens Committee. Henri Sizaret who is currently living in Portugal, was […]

Donna Bowers
24 July 2020
First virtual Installation Ceremony held for new liverymen

The first virtual installation ceremony for new liverymen to be accepted into the company took place last Friday, led by the Master with the Wardens and Clerk in attendance, and the nominees were accompanied by their Court sponsors. The Oaths to the Livery were supervised by the Clerk, and each candidature in turn read out […]

Donna Bowers
12 July 2020
Diageo launches $100 million recovery fund to help pubs and bars welcome back customers after lockdown

New global programme to help pubs and bars recover from COVID-19, supporting jobs and communities around the world Practical equipment for outlets to implement new social distancing measures, digital skills training and contactless technology Diageo calls on governments to provide long-term recovery packages for the hospitality sector 24 June 2020: Diageo, maker of GUINNESS, has today […]

Donna Bowers
10 July 2020

A survey of more than 11,000 people across nine countries has found:  84% of drinkers are drinking the same or less alcohol during shutdowns, with almost one in three people (30%) saying they are drinking less or have stopped  Of the 11% drinking more under shutdowns, 72% plan to revert to their old drinking habits  54% of people miss socializing and dining out at restaurants or bars, second only to socializing with family and friends (64%)  […]

Donna Bowers
30 June 2020
Blooming Zooming June

Whilst the South of the UK experienced something of a heatwave Scotland remained mercifully much cooler but with its fair share of decent weather interspersed by some very heavy rainfall.

Donna Bowers
19 June 2020
Emergency Online Auction Raises £53,090 for The Drinks Trust

As a result of your extraordinary generosity we can report that OurEmergency On-Line Auction closed last night and raised £53,090.THANK-YOU We are absolutely thrilled to share this news with you. This means that with our previous additional donation of £50,000, the Distillers’ Charity has donated over £100,000 to The Drinks Trust since March. This is […]

Donna Bowers
16 June 2020
Reasons to be cheerful?

Thinking of material for “The Masters Blog” is becoming increasingly more difficult as Lock Down continues – as you are all about to witness, if you read further. Looking on the downside, if that’s all we do, only serves to remind one of what a horrible, almost hellish, situation we are all in at the […]

Donna Bowers
16 June 2020
HMS Montrose

Latest newsletter receives from our affiliate, HMS Montrose with an update on their current activities. Click on the link to view.

Donna Bowers
3 June 2020

Like all others in this current environment, A (London Scottish) Company has experienced a huge change as a result of the unprecedented crisis. However, the resilience and adaptability of our soldiers has seen continued Tuesday and Wednesday evening training taking place as usual, through remote channels, with great success. A (London Scottish) Company is at […]

Donna Bowers
28 May 2020
The Drinks Trust Launches Wellness Services

The Drinks Trust Increases Wellness Services to Tackle CV19 Needs and Beyond With the support of industry donors and numerous fundraising efforts within its community, The Drinks Trust has recently completed a round of one-off financial grants to assist just under 2000 of those who face loss of earnings as a result of CV19. The […]

Donna Bowers
18 May 2020
Chancellor visits the distillery to see hand sanitiser production

Kent-based Copper Rivet Distillery believes that demand for hand sanitisers will grow exponentially once lockdown has ended…. …and that their stunningly beautiful distillery beside the River Medway in Chatham will continue to produce high quality hand sanitiser alongside its premium spirits. Since March, 60,000 50cl bottles of Russell’s Hand Sanitiser have been despatched. “People might […]

Donna Bowers
10 May 2020
Lockdown, Labradors and Lycra

For inspiration on what to include in my blog I normally turn first to my past month’s diary and  am always surprised at how quickly time has passed and how many of the things I had already forgotten about. This month’s blog was always going to be a challenge and a glance back at the […]

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Industry News

Tropical twist for Red Leg with new Banana Rum
19 September 2020

New expression and label rebranding for Red Leg Rum Company

Belching Beaver Brewery’s Belching Beaver Hard Seltzer – Product Launch
18 September 2020

US craft beer brewer Belching Beaver Brewery has launched a three-strong line of low-calorie, flavoured hard seltzer for its home market.

Wild Rabbit activation returns for Hennessy Cognac in US – video
16 September 2020

The US unit of Moet Hennessy has debuted the latest ad in the long-running ‘Wild Rabbit’ campaign for Cognac brand Hennessy.

Siren Craft Brew releases nitro version of popular stout
30 August 2020

Hard Pour Broken Dream nitro stout is limited edition from Siren


The Master has received the honour of being installed into the Guild of Genever Distillers based in Schiedam and received a wooden medal of the Golden Glass.

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The D500 Team went over the border today! London is getting closer! 80 miles and over 1200m of climbing but the team are safe and in good spirits. #distillers500 #twcdlondon #distillers #charity #fundraiser #bikeride #challenge #futureyouthzone #thelordmayorsappeal #citygivingday

Huge thanks to @LindoresAbbey for providing us with their minibus as a support vehicle! Couldn’t have done it without you. 👍🏻🙏🏻 #distillers500 #twcdlondon #distillers #charity #fundraiser #bikeride #challenge #scotlandtolondon #futureyouthzone #thelordmayorsappeal #citygivingday

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