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26 January 2017
Master’s Blog

Welcome to the Master’s column. This is a new initiative as, so far as I know, there has not been an online column since Past Master David Sill’s erudite and entertaining musings from the Master’s chair some years ago. There is so much that the Masters sees and hears that I thought that it might […]

Kim Lyons
18 January 2017
St Lawrence Jewry April 2017 Newsletter

Read about the latest Livery news and events in the April Newsletter. St Lawrence Jewry April 2017 newsletter

Aaron Jeewood
17 January 2017
The City of London Freeman’s Guide: Lord Mayor’s Edition

The City of London Freeman’s Guide is a vital companion to the Freedom of the City of London as it is in modern times. The 3rd or Lord Mayor’s edition adds a cornucopia of new topics, rising to 170 pages, and features a glowing Foreword by the 689th Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Dr Andrew […]

Kim Lyons
13 December 2016
St Lawrence Jewry – December 2016 Newsletter

Read about the latest Livery news and events in our December Newsletter. St Lawrence Jewry December

Kim Lyons
2 December 2016
Meet your new Master

After ten happy years at Bedford School, I left for the City of London Business School for four years study of international marketing. A formative year with Wilkinson Sword and time in Switzerland with Alfred Dunhill fuelled a desire to work abroad and use my languages, which never faded. After graduation in 1971, I moved […]

Kim Lyons
2 December 2016
Installation Dinner

The new Master and his Mistress celebrated his installation at dinner held at Vintners’ Hall, on November 17, after his investiture. The dinner was attended by over 150 Liverymen and their guests. Speeches were made by Liveryman Jonathan Driver, in welcoming the guests, and Sean Roberts, a long standing friend of the Master in reply. […]

Kim Lyons
2 December 2016
A Mansion House Banquet to remember!

The Lord Mayor, Lord Mountevans, and Lady Mountevans graced the Livery with their presence at our annual dinner at The Mansion House on October 7th. All Distillers’ lunches and dinners are memorable affairs, but the Mansion House Dinner is always a strongly supported event. It is a favourite among the Livery as it is an […]

Kim Lyons
16 October 2016
Cotswolds Distillery – Quintessentially English

It often takes an outsider to truly see the things we can so easily take for granted. Dan Szor, founder of the Cotswolds Distillery was born and grew up in bustling New York. He then spent most of his working life in two of Europe’s busiest cities – Paris and London. That’s enough to push […]

Kim Lyons
16 October 2016
Distillers Car Club Visit to WilliamsF1- Wantage Oxon

19 liverymen and guests , including the Masters Elect of the Distillers and the Coachmakers gathered for an excellent 4 course pub lunch in Wantage in anticipation of a select tour of the Williams F1 Factory Tour, their Museum and Trophy Room. They were not disappointed. The message from Williams which is now a listed […]

Kim Lyons
13 October 2016
City Briefing: October 2016

Livery Briefing – October 2016

Kim Lyons
10 October 2016
In profile: The Middle Warden, Martin Riley

Martin was the Chief Marketing Officer of the Pernod Ricard Group from February 2009 until his retirement at the end of 2014. Based in Paris he was responsible for overseeing all the marketing activities in the Group, working with 6 global brand companies and 75 market companies in developing the Pernod Ricard portfolio around the […]

Kim Lyons
19 September 2016
Nothing “Mini” about this combination?

Thirteen members and partners of the Distillers’ Car Club visited the Mini factory at Abingdon, with the legendary rally driver Paddy Hopkirk. One of the most high-tech car-plants in the country, in one part of the assembly area over 1000 robots are at work, spot-welding and creating this iconic car. On the way to becoming […]

Kim Lyons
18 September 2016
The Distillers Car Club Visit to Bentley and the Peak District

Armchair Luxury Distillers are nothing if not creatures of comfort. Easing back in the luxury of a plush leather armchair, feet out on the deep pile wilton carpet surrounded by beautiful wooden paneling while reaching for the rich smokey amber texture of a Double Black Label over ice are of course common activities for many […]

Kim Lyons
16 September 2016
Record turnout for Distillers Scottish Dinner

Over 130 of the Court , Livery and Scottish Distilling trade turned out for the Scottish Dinner on 8thSeptember in The Surgeons Hall Edinburgh. A great evening, with a rumbustious atmosphere, no doubt helped by the excellent wines and spirits on offer, seemed to be enjoyed by everyone present!! Of particular note was the Lagavulin […]

Kim Lyons
29 February 2016
City Briefing : February 2016

Livery Briefing – February 2016

21 February 2016
February Lunch 2017, Vintners’ Hall

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Industry News

Moody’s predicts Kirin to be worst performer post-COVID
27 October 2020

Credit-rating agency Moody’s has forecast that Japanese multi-category company Kirin will exit the coronavirus pandemic behind global rivals such as Heineken and Carlsberg.

London brand Good One joins growing UK hard seltzer market
27 October 2020

New hard seltzer brand Good One to release flavours throughout the seasons

Coca-Cola Amatil expertise could fuel alcohol ambitions – Coca-Cola European Partners
26 October 2020

The CEO of Coca-Cola European Partners has said the prospective acquisition of Coca-Cola Amatil can teach his company how to operate in the alcohol category.

All-natural agave spirit Rosaluna launches in US
7 October 2020

All-natural agave spirit Rosaluna launches in US



Clive Bairsto, our Development Director sat down to find out the Masters views on the past year and what the future has in store for fellow liverymen

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We are delighted that one of our Liverymen, Commodore James Parkin has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List where Her Majesty has appointed him as a Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). Congratulations James!

It’s been 4 weeks since the #Distillers500 Masters Charity Bike Ride from Scotland to London, raising money for @futureyz and @LMAppeal

Watch this amazing journey and interviews now on our YouTube channel:

#distillers500 #citygivingday #charity #CGD

The Distillers 500 charity bike ride is complete! Welcomed to London by The Lord Mayor, our Master Kenny Mackay, presented a cheque for £20k to @LMAppeal @futureyz #distillers500 #twcdlondon #fundraiser #bikeride #futureyouthzone #thelordmayorsappeal #citygivingday #CGD #GoRed