NB Gin to open distillery in East Lothian
North Berwick-based NB Gin has secured planning approval to build a new distillery in the Scottish county of East Lothian, allowing the distiller to expand its production to a 24-hour operation.
Launched in late 2013, NB Gin are increasing its vodka and gin production due to “overwhelming” demand from UK and global markets.
The distillery also plans to offer tours of the facility, which will include canapés served by local chef JP MacLachlan, who will also collaborate with the distillery to offer private dining options in the future.
“As with everything we do at NB, we wanted to do something more than just the stock standard tour,” said Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Gin.
“When visitors come to the new distillery, we want it to feel like you’re coming for a drink and food at our home. We also plan to take advantage of East Lothian’s incredible produce to complement the luxury feel to the distillery.”
The distillery will be energy neutral and will feature solar panels, lighting and heating. Additionally, the building will capture rain water, store it and allow it to be reused for the condensing process of distillation.
“Since we launched NB just a few years ago, it’s been an incredible journey and we’ve enjoyed fantastic growth, especially over the last 12 months, with NB being enjoyed all around the world,” added Muir.
“We’re so proud that we can continue our global growth from our hometown and, at the same time, offer an original tourist draw that will benefit the local area.”
Construction on the new distillery at Halfland Barns is expected to commence shortly.
In 2015, NB Gin agreed an exclusive distribution deal in the US with Duggan’s Distillers, as it strives to make exports account for 75% of total sales by 2017.