Another day and another distillery has been granted permission to break ground and pump out more of the UK’s beloved gin.
This time it’s the North Berwick-based distillery, NB, with the green light to build a new distillery in East Lothian.
The development, which was approved by East Lothian Council yesterday, will allow the craft distiller to expand its gin and vodka production to a 24-hour operation.
‘We have an overwhelming demand for our product worldwide which is necessitating major expansion,’ said NB Gin CEO and co-founder, Viv Muir.
The distillery plans to offer enthusiasts tours of the distillery, which will include canapés served by North Berwick chef, JP MacLachlan. Visitors will also get their own slippers to wear during their time at the attraction.
‘As with everything we do, we wanted to do something more than just the stock standard tour. When visitors come to the new distillery, we want it to feel like you’re coming for a drink and food at our home,’ Muir added.
Construction on the distillery at Halfland Barns, south east of North Berwick, is due to begin shortly.
The distillery will be energy neutral and will feature solar panels, lighting and heating. In another green effort, the building will capture rain water, store it and allow it to be reused for the condensing process of stilling.
‘Since we launched NB just a few years ago, it’s been an incredible journey and we’ve enjoyed fantastic growth. We’re hugely excited about the new distillery and it’s another milestone for us and the company,’ Muir said.