Brennen & Brown started back in 2012, when IT consultant Rich Bamber was visiting good friends at The City Of London Distillery and talk quickly moved away from tills to gin! Rich enquired of Jonathan, the head distiller, if there was a gin with ginger, to which Jonathan said yes. However, it went out of production over 100 years ago. So, a journey began. Eager to return ginger back to the gin world after over a century, “Una” , Brennen & Brown’s ﬁrst copper still was purchased. With a passion and desire to produce exceptional-tasting gin and vodka, Brennen & Brown have established their laboratory from which their ﬂavour team extract the aroma and ﬂavour molecules from mixtures gently distilled at low temperatures, thereby creating the tastiest, freshest-ﬂavoured artisan gins and vodkas.
Owning a successful Information Technology company, providing Ipad based Point of Sale Systems for the hospitality industry since the mid noughties, Brennen and Brown founder and Managing Director, Rich Bamber found himself turning his love of gin and ginger into a fast growing business of it’s own.
In 2012, after being asked to install an Ipad till into a well known distillery in London for their new bar, Rich asked the distiller if there was a gin with ginger as the predominate flavour. The distiller said there had been one, although that was over 100 years ago, but unfortunately it no longer existed.
These words set Rich off on a path of amazing discovery.
After a lot of research, Una our first Still arrived along with an array of botanicals. Una, a minature, traditional Copper Still was chosen, to be traditional but also because copper as a metal has many positive characteristics that make it the preferred metal when making stills, copper actually reacts with alcohol on a molecular level making the final spirit taste better.
With help from his partner Jo Hazlett , an already established Chocolatier and with a bit of trial and error with quantities and flavours, Una produced Brennen and Browns first batch of Gin with a hint of Ginger.
We found that people within the Gin & Vodka industry were very friendly and helpful.
Brennen and Brown had lots of interest from local businesses; bars, night clubs and shops who like to support local and the interest continued spreading further a field very quickly.
Rich now concentrates on the day to day running of the Brennen and Brown team, while Jo is in charge of the social media and the Flavour Nurseries Team. Brennen and Brown make, bottle and label in-house, insuring the best possible product reaches the customers.