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Donna Bowers
9 March 2020
Master’s Blog – January 2020

As I mentioned in the newsletter, it is scarcely believable that I write this with over a quarter of my Master’s year gone already. Time does fly when one is enjoying oneself. As regards the newsletter, I feel I must mention the quality of the content and production of that publication and thank and congratulate […]

Donna Bowers
2 March 2020
DCC Slips into Gear

Our year started well as twenty DCC members, wives and guests all met at Caraffini’s restaurant in London to socialise and chat about our exciting forthcoming year of events. Some of the group met earlier at the Victoria & Albert museum to visit the exhibition, “Accelerating the Modern World”, a fascinating insight of how the […]

Donna Bowers
26 February 2020
February 2020 Luncheon

On a typical February day, the luncheon was held in the beautiful Girdlers’ Hall, following a Court meeting that morning. The attendees to the luncheon were greeted by Pipe Sgt. Andrew Parsons of the London Scottish Regiment. This Scottish flavour continued with the ‘Selkirk Grace’ from our Honorary Chaplain and the Piping in of the […]

Donna Bowers
10 February 2020
The Consorts’ Lunch

On a chilly and rather blustery day in February, a gathering of Consorts took shelter from the ravages of storm Ciara in the beautiful surroundings of Vintners’ Hall for the Mistress’ annual Consorts’ Luncheon. On arrival we were greeted warmly by the Vintners’ General Manager, Major Steve Marcham, who gave us a guided tour of […]

Donna Bowers
17 January 2020
Master’s Blog – December 2019

May I wish all our readers a Happy New Year and trust that everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Having picked up the pen , so to speak, from IPM Martin Riley immediately after the Installation Dinner in November, this December blog is a bit of a bumper edition with content from the end of November […]

Donna Bowers
7 January 2020
CBE Syl Saller

Syl Saller, who has been with Diageo for 20 years, was this week awarded a CBE ( Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to business and equality in the workplace.  Saller has worked to drive change and enable greater diversity within the creative industries, Diageo said. The company also described her […]

Donna Bowers
29 December 2019
Carol Service

There are certain events in the Company calendar that evoke strong feelings, and the Carol Service is one of these. As glasses of Pommery Royal Brut Champagne were clinked between old friends and new, the feeling that we had reached the end of term was compelling. As the throng put down their glasses and filled […]

Donna Bowers
18 December 2019
2019 Installation Dinner

Just before the Installation Dinner I spoke to the Assistant Clerk, Kim Lyons, about bringing a guest. She laughingly told me that there were 20 on a waiting list. So, another Distillers’ dinner was oversubscribed. Is that a tribute to outgoing Master Martin Riley, great anticipation for the incoming Master Kenny MacKay, or simply recognition […]

Donna Bowers
18 December 2019
Mansion House Banquet – Shaping tomorrow’s City today

We had the honour of holding this year’s Annual Livery Banquet in the Egyptian Hall at the Mansion House in the presence of the 691st Lord Mayor of London, Peter Estlin and the Lady Mayoress Lindy Estlin. Built between 1739 and 1752 on the old site of the Stocks Exchange by architect George Dance the […]

Donna Bowers
10 December 2019
Master’s Blog – November 2019

The month began with the Glass Sellers Mansion House Banquet to which the Mistress and I were invited. A splendid evening where the Master’s guests were accompanied by a brass band playing “Bring Me Sunshine“ on entering the Egyptian Hall. The week of Remembrance began on Monday 4 November with a service in the garden […]

Donna Bowers
6 November 2019
Master’s Blog – October 2019

If September seemed busy – October was supercharged.  It was undoubtedly the busiest month in the Master’s year.  It began with an invitation to the Glovers’ Mansion House Banquet – during which the Mistress and I were each formally presented with a pair of bespoke leather gloves … which remarkably fitted “like a glove”.  The […]

Donna Bowers
4 October 2019
Master’s Blog – September 2019

Lunch with High Court Judges at the Old Bailey is an invitation extended to all Masters of Livery Companies during the course of their year. The conversation gives an insight into the work of the Judges and the type of trials undertaken at the Central Criminal Court.. principally murder and terrorist offences. For their part […]

Donna Bowers
26 September 2019
The Scottish Distillers Dinner

Thursday, 12 Septmber 2019 This year’s Scottish Distillers Dinner was held in the Signet Library in Parliament Square Edinburgh which is owned by the Society of Writers to her Majesty’s Signet known as the WS Society – a society of Solicitors.   The dinner was once again a record breaking one with one hundred and […]

Donna Bowers
11 September 2019
“Mastering the Range” – A field visit to A (London Scottish) Company at Pirbright

On Sunday 4th August, the Master and Steward, James Higgins, visited our Army Reserve Unit (A (London Scottish) Company at Pirbright in Surrey.   A Company, together with the other Companies of The London Regiment, were on a training weekend at Pirbright to complete their Annual Personal Weapons Test (APWT) ensuring that every member of […]

Donna Bowers
6 August 2019
Master’s Blog – July 2019

July is a busy month and  there were a number of key events in the month starting with the Innholders’ Dinner in Innholders’ Hall where the Master gave a short history of the Company that is a fellow member of the Cask Group. After all, Inns are where our products were and are sold.  The […]

Donna Bowers
31 July 2019
IWSC/Worshipful Company of Distillers spirits tasting not the hottest day of the year shock!

Vintners Hall hosted the 12th annual IWSC/Worshipful Company of Distillers spirits tasting on 30th July, always a popular event in the livery calendar and most unusually not the occurring on the hottest day of the year for the first time in some years. The evening began with whisky and rum masterclasses led by Richard Paterson of Whyte […]

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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