SHED 1 GIN
SHED 1 GIN

Ulverston's Award Winning Gin Distillery based in a shed on the outskirts of the Lake District.

Ulverston's Award Winning Gin Distillery based in a shed on the outskirts of the Lake District.

SHED 1 GIN
SHED 1 GIN

Ulverston's Award Winning Gin Distillery based in a shed on the outskirts of the Lake District.

Ulverston's Award Winning Gin Distillery based in a shed on the outskirts of the Lake District.

SHED 1 GIN
SHED 1 GIN

Ulverston's Award Winning Gin Distillery based in a shed on the outskirts of the Lake District.

Ulverston's Award Winning Gin Distillery based in a shed on the outskirts of the Lake District.

SHED 1 GIN
SHED 1 GIN

Ulverston's Award Winning Gin Distillery based in a shed on the outskirts of the Lake District.

Ulverston's Award Winning Gin Distillery based in a shed on the outskirts of the Lake District.

SHED 1 GIN
SHED 1 GIN

Ulverston's Award Winning Gin Distillery based in a shed on the outskirts of the Lake District.

Ulverston's Award Winning Gin Distillery based in a shed on the outskirts of the Lake District.

SHED 1 GIN
SHED 1 GIN

Ulverston's Award Winning Gin Distillery based in a shed on the outskirts of the Lake District.

Ulverston's Award Winning Gin Distillery based in a shed on the outskirts of the Lake District.

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CUCKOLD'S
REVENGE
CUCKOLD'S
REVENGE

An interesting and beguiling blend of aromatics, soft and mysterious, delivering layers of Citrus and Spice with a lovely warming finish. Also featured in the latest edition of "101 Gins to Try Before You Die".

CUCKOLD'S REVENGE

An interesting and beguiling blend of aromatics, soft and mysterious, delivering layers of Citrus and Spice with a lovely warming finish. Also featured in the latest edition of "101 Gins to Try Before You Die".

SHED LOADS OF LOVE
SHED LOADS OF LOVE

Lavendar, rose petals, strawberries and a hint of chilli. A sumptuous celebration of love!
Seasonal, Limited Edition perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day and anyone you love.

SHED LOADS OF LOVE

Lavendar, rose petals, strawberries and a hint of chilli. A sumptuous celebration of love!
Seasonal, Limited Edition perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day and anyone you love.

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Category Archives: About Us & Our Gins

We get asked this regularly, so here is our guide to setting up a gin distillery.  There may be things we’ve managed to erase from our memories (not always smooth sailing), but the one thing we must emphasise is everyone we spoke to wanted to help. 

  1. First point of call is HMRC. You may have heard that you can’t get a license to distil and rectify unless you have an 1800 litre still.  This was never made law.  It was only a guideline to stop people from blowing themselves up in their sheds, caves and other dwellings.  The HMRC are helpful and can guide you through the process of getting your government licences.

  2. Become a member of the Alcohol Wholesalers Registration Scheme.

  3. Register with HMRC for Duty Stamps if you are going to sell your spirit in 300ml bottles or larger.

  4. Now the real fun starts!  Contact your local licensing department, where you will hopefully find a kind, knowledgeable soul who will help you through the minefield that can be all the local licenses you need: personal, premises etc, as well as directing you to the courses you may have to take to obtain them.  What you need differs from area to area.  We have been very lucky with the friendly people we’ve come across.

  5. Now we head off to the planning department.  Where is your still situated?  Do you need a change of use putting on the building.  Would there be an increase of traffic that impacts your neighbourhood?  How do your neighbours feel about it?  Have you ever fallen out with them or like us, have they become an intrinsic part of your taste-testing team?  
    If you are on an industrial estate, don’t take it for granted that it will be easy peasy lemon squeezy as the building may still need change of use.  What will be the environmental impact?

  6. Trading Standards and Environmental Health will find you.  Either sit back and wait for a mysterious knock on the door, or get on the phone and have a chat. They will talk about weights, measures, types, standards, restrictions…You may feel you have thought of everything, but these guys will surprise you! They have many knowledgables and are happy to impart.

  7. Lock yourself in a dark, quiet room.  Think it all through and decide whether you really do still want to do this….

    You decided you still want to do this!  So:

  8. What will you need and where are you going to store it all?  Large bottles, small bottles, bottles shaped like bottles, bottles shaped like skulls, dolphins, unicorns.  Corks: large corks, small corks, corks that fit, corks that don’t fit, do you want corks?  How are you going to seal your tops: wax, paper, plastic, Cellotape, granny’s crochet? Packaging: boxes for single bottles, boxes for triple bottles, boxes for posting boxes of bottles, 99% of boxes will be the wrong size, custom boxes can cost more than your gin!  Labels: design, front label, back label, side label (?), colour, size, texture, type, matt, gloss, applied by hand or machine, wording. Logistics and supply of all raw materials: where are you getting them, will they have them the next time you ask, is it twice the price than before because it’s a Tuesday  Marketing: social media, advertising, promotion, POS, walking round town with a sandwich board, wrapping your car, your van, your dog.  Invoicing, banking, bookkeeping, credit agreements: don’t get us started!

  9. Don’t forget the still!

You may feel you need to collapse with a drink.  The one good thing is, if you bite the bullet, you will always have a supply on tap!

Cheers!

Andy has been a professional actor for over 20 years. Over that time, he’s tread the boards from Land’s End to John O’Groats and from Asia to America. He moved to Cumbria 13 years ago and will be happy to call Ulverston his home for the next 100! Acting is great but when you live… Continue Reading

"I absolutely love everything about Shed 1 Gin from the wonderful rich flavours to the ethical and responsible way they source their ingredients. As well as their fabulous year round gins their seasonal specials perfectly capture the essence of the season; deep fruity flavours in their Festive Tipple make Christmas just perfect and the light flowery flavours in Fancy Frolic are ideal for whiling away a warm summer evening in the garden"

Beth Pipe, author of Gin, Cake and Rucksacks: A Fun-filled Tour of Lakeland Distillers & Brewers.

"I absolutely love everything about Shed 1 Gin from the wonderful rich flavours to the ethical and responsible way they source their ingredients. As well as their fabulous year round gins their seasonal specials perfectly capture the essence of the season; deep fruity flavours in their Festive Tipple make Christmas just perfect and the light flowery flavours in Fancy Frolic are ideal for whiling away a warm summer evening in the garden."

Beth Pipe, Author of Gin, Cake and Rucksacks: A Fun-filled Tour of Lakeland Distillers & Brewers

"I absolutely love everything about Shed 1 Gin from the wonderful rich flavours to the ethical and responsible way they source their ingredients. As well as their fabulous year round gins their seasonal specials perfectly capture the essence of the season; deep fruity flavours in their Festive Tipple make Christmas just perfect and the light flowery flavours in Fancy Frolic are ideal for whiling away a warm summer evening in the garden"

Beth Pipe, author of Gin, Cake and Rucksacks: A Fun-filled Tour of Lakeland Distillers & Brewers.

"I was treated to a selection by the hubby. Cracked open the festive tipple today. Cor blimey what a beauty that gin is. Smooth and very easy to drink. Pure Christmas in a glass. Great craftsmanship Shed 1."

Kylie Ann Sutciffe Hall (Feeling Festive!)

"I absolutely love everything about Shed 1 Gin from the wonderful rich flavours to the ethical and responsible way they source their ingredients. As well as their fabulous year round gins their seasonal specials perfectly capture the essence of the season; deep fruity flavours in their Festive Tipple make Christmas just perfect and the light flowery flavours in Fancy Frolic are ideal for whiling away a warm summer evening in the garden"

Beth Pipe, author of Gin, Cake and Rucksacks: A Fun-filled Tour of Lakeland Distillers & Brewers.

"I just tried the "Giggle in the Ginnel" gin for the first time, and it's fabulous. Really tickles the tongue, I've been trying to guess at the botanicals but have resigned myself to happy, blissful sipping. Smooth, sensational, sublime. 10/10!"

Claire Alexandra, (Happy with her Giggle)

"I absolutely love everything about Shed 1 Gin from the wonderful rich flavours to the ethical and responsible way they source their ingredients. As well as their fabulous year round gins their seasonal specials perfectly capture the essence of the season; deep fruity flavours in their Festive Tipple make Christmas just perfect and the light flowery flavours in Fancy Frolic are ideal for whiling away a warm summer evening in the garden"

Beth Pipe, author of Gin, Cake and Rucksacks: A Fun-filled Tour of Lakeland Distillers & Brewers.

"Lavender florals are apparent on the nose along with strawberry leaf. Buoyancy of fruit and flowers is followed by a pleasant wave of chilli, plus the gin botanicals sitting deep. Tonic opens up the strawberry and florals even further. Some heat and spice on the finish."

Great Taste Award Judges (2018)

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About Us & Our Gins

Established in October 2016 by husband and wife team Andy & Zoe Arnold-Bennett in the market town of Ulverston, Cumbria. Shed 1 Distillery produces small batch (36, 50cl, bottles per run), big flavoured gin.

“Smooth enough to be sipped, bold enough to be mixed.”  Just 10 months after we launched, in August 2017, we received a Great Taste 2 star (Outstanding) Award for Cuckold’s Revenge. Shed Loads of Love was awarded a 1-star (Simply Delicious) Great Taste in 2018. In 2018 we were a finalist in the Cumbria Life’s Best Drinks Producer category and in 2019 we were awarded “Going Places” (One to Watch) by Cumbria Family Business. Also, Cuckold’s Revenge is included in the latest edition of “101 Gins To Try Before You Die”.

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About Us & Our Gins

Established in October 2016 by husband and wife team Andy & Zoe Arnold-Bennett in the market town of Ulverston, Cumbria. Shed 1 Distillery produces small batch (36, 50cl, bottles per run), big flavoured gin.

“Smooth enough to be sipped, bold enough to be mixed.”  Just 10 months after we launched, in August 2017, we received a Great Taste 2 star (Outstanding) Award for Cuckold’s Revenge. Shed Loads of Love was awarded a 1-star (Simply Delicious) Great Taste in 2018. In 2018 we were a finalist in the Cumbria Life’s Best Drinks Producer category and in 2019 we were awarded “Going Places” (One to Watch) by Cumbria Family Business. Also, Cuckold’s Revenge is included in the latest edition of “101 Gins To Try Before You Die”.

SERVING
SUGGESTIONS

We are regularly asked for recommendations about how to enjoy our gins.

OUR
STOCKISTS

Browse our stockists: Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and beyond!

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

We are regularly asked for recommendations about how to enjoy our gins.

OUR STOCKISTS

Browse our stockists: Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and beyond!

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Ulverston & the Lake District
Ulverston & the Lake District

Established in October 2016 in the market town of Ulverston, Shed 1 Distillery produces small batch (36, 50cl, bottles per run), big flavoured gin.

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