Sheffield Design Week Workshop:
Gin masterclass: to include tasting & cocktail demonstrations
Workshop times and dates:
Sunday October 30th
How many people can attend each workshop?
Cost per person for attending your workshop:
Who are Lockley Distilling?
Locksley Distilling Co. Ltd. is an alcoholic beverage development company with a focus on the production and retail of distilled spirits, formed by Sheffield born, John Cherry. He has worked in the wine & spirits industry for the past two decades, split between hospitality trade in France and the retail sector in New York. He moved back to Sheffield with his family at the start of 2013 after his wife (who’s a New Yorker) persuaded him to pursue his dream of setting up an English distillery.
Locksley launched their first gin “Sir Robin of Locksley®” at the start of summer 2014, and it is a tip o’ the cap to local legend, Robin Hood. His alleged birthplace is a cou- ple of miles from the city centre in Loxley Valley.
Throughout the recipe’s development, John had a very distinctive style in mind, somewhere between a London Dry variety and the much sweeter Old Tom. After testing around 100 recipes, he finally went back to the magical number 61. The el- derflower gives a touch of sweetness, whilst the pink grapefruit adds a wonderful citrus element. The dandelion tones back the heat of the alcohol that you frequently get in a strong spirit, making it delightfully smooth.
Locksley Distilling makes batches of around 1,200 bottles, and are rightfully proud of their first gin creation - It’s a gratifyingly balanced, unique, and versatile gin. Good to sip on its own or over ice... it also makes a mean gin and tonic, and is a great component of a multitude of cocktails.
Locksley Distilling Q&A
We caught up with Locksley Distilling to try and find out what makes them tick.
Who or what inspired you to do what you do?
My Gran introduced me to gin, and I’ve spent my life drinking it; combined with an accidental career in the alcoholic beverage industry, and serendipitous meetings with two American distillers 10 years ago at the start of the US craft distilling scene.
How would you describe your work?
Creators and distillers of fine spirits.
Where are you based? How would you describe Portland Works and your workshop?
Unit 20C-1 Portland Works, a first floor workshop, accessed from the bottom right corner of the large courtyard. PW is a community of like-minded makers from all walks of life - a creative hub of real crafts-people. Our workshop is a cross between an ultra-modern alchemist’s hideout, and a Brooklyn loft.
Thinking of your role as a maker, what are you most proud of, and why?
We have fought through non-stop problems created in realms beyond our own control, fulfilled endless bureaucratic compliancy regulations, and are still in business after 2 years. We are incredibly proud of building a business from the ground up, the old fashioned way, starting with very few resources. Everything we make has been re-invested in renovating our premises, and purchasing new equipment, which is now enabling us grow slowly but surely.
What is the most satisfying part of the work you do?
Seeing people's reactions when they walk into our workspace, and watching their faces when they taste what we make.
What would be your dream project?
A collaborative project with one or both of the distillers that inspired us to start our own distillery.
What are you working on at the moment?
Keeping up with expanding production & top secret stuff!
When you're not working, what do you like to do?
Hanging out with the family.
Information about Portland Works:
Portland Works, a red brick grade II* listed factory, is one of Sheffield’s most iconic Victorian buildings. Built in 1879, the engine room of Sheffield’s industrial revolution has diversified substantially over the last century. The birthplace of stainless steel is now home to 23 makers specialising in contemporary and traditional manufacturing. Product versatility extends from custom made knives to sipping gins. Items produced today at Portland Works play a role in a myriad of daily activities from keeping coats off of the floor at Arbourthorne Primary School to serving cream cakes at the Savoy, Britain’s first luxury hotel.
Two world wars later and Portland Works has seen better days, despite the odds being stacked against renovation and rebirth, the site of significant historical importance was saved in 2013 by over 500 community shareholders. The once neglected building is now in a state of continued renovation, steadily transforming a romantic ruin into affordable and retrofitted workshops fit for future generations of Sheffield makers.
Find out more information www.portlandworks.co.uk
Georgina Barrett - Manager
0114 275 9354