Artisanal gin-tasting experience at Hope on Hopkins Distillery in Cape Town

Give the hipster gin bars a rest and go straight to the source to see exactly what goes into crafting the super spirit – and sip perfect-serve G&Ts while you’re at it. Highlights Taste 4 different handcrafted artisanal gins Enjoy a guided experience with distillers, with an overview of the distilling process and brief background […]

Give the hipster gin bars a rest and go straight to the source to see exactly what goes into crafting the super spirit – and sip perfect-serve G&Ts while you’re at it.

Highlights

  • Taste 4 different handcrafted artisanal gins
  • Enjoy a guided experience with distillers, with an overview of the distilling process and brief background on what makes gin “gin”
  • Sip perfect serve G&Ts overlooking the distillery floor
  • Each G&T accompanied by small bites
  • Guest appearances by distillery cats and rescue pup

Duration

18h00 – 20h00 (+/- 2 hours)

Schedule

  • Wednesday, 6 September 2017
  • Wednesday, 4 October 2017
  • Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Price

R250 p.p.

To book any date on request for private groups (minimum 12 people) please send a request to bookings@eatsplorer.com 

Overview

Did someone say gin o’clock? Step into what is arguably one of Cape Town’s coolest artisanal gin distilleries – and one of the only ones in the world that distills its base spirit from barley – for an experience that’ll blow your mind (and gin-lovin’ taste buds).

Over the course of two hours, owner-distillers Lucy Beard and Leigh Lisk, along with distillery cat Mimo, distillery-cat-in-training Martini and rescue pup Mr Scruff, will offer you the inside scoop into the whole artisanal gin-making business, from the ingredients they start off with to the magic that happens in their two gorgeous stainless-steel stills, Mildred and Maude.

But it’s not just all talk. To help you get a handle on it all, you’ll get to sample four of the hand-crafted gins in their range – including their very first, the classic London Dry, the Salt River, which is infused with the local herb, kapokbos, and the Mediterranean, infused with olives, rosemary and basil – in perfect-serve gin and tonics. Made with local, artisanal tonic, each of the drinks will be customised with different garnishes to showcase the unique characteristics of each gin style. Bet you’ve never thought of garnishing your G&T with twist of grapefruit and sprig of thyme, have you?

Helping you keep a level-ish head, there’ll be snacks provided, but Lucy and Leigh strongly recommend organising a taxi or Uber home. After all, when it’s this amazing, it’s hard not to drink all of the gin, and then some.

What’s included

  • 4 gin and tonics made with Hope on Hopkins craft gin
  • Light snacks to accompany the gin and tonics
  • Curated tasting with distillers Lucy and Leigh
  • Overview of the gin-making and distilling process

What’s not included

  • A meal (only light snacks will be provided)
  • Transportation – we recommend taking taxis
  • Additional drinks

Important Information

  • Booking of minimum 12 people for the experience to go ahead
  • Minimum age requirement of 18 years
  • No wheelchair access
  • Taxis are recommended as this is an alcohol experience
  • Bottles are for sale at the distillery
  • Tasting will begin promptly at 18h00

Itinerary

The tasting lasts two hours, beginning promptly at 18h00 at the distillery location in Salt River. You will be given a welcome drink on arrival before a short talk giving an overview of the distillery set-up and the gin-distilling process. This will be followed by a seated, curated tasting, using a tasting board with 4 craft gins. Lucy and Leigh will guide the group through mixing the perfect G&T for each style and guests also get to “mix their own” gin and tonics as they go. Each drink is explained – both in terms of the botanicals and nose and palate, as well as why it is garnished in a particular way. Each will be paired with a simple snack. All of the gins are available for sale afterwards, and Leigh and Lucy are happy to recommend their favorite spots for dinner in the area to head on to afterwards.

 

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Photography: Kleinjan Groenewald