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Stephen Russell

About

Stephen founded Copper Rivet Distillery with Bob, his father and Matthew, his older brother in 2016 after years of discussions between the three of them over this shared ambition.
 
They started with a vision of putting Medway on the map in the spirits world by creating world leading artisan spirits.
Copper Rivet Distillery is one just a handful of distilleries in the country to make its own alcohol, whereas most buy neutral alcohol wholesale and redistil it with flavour for gin or without for vodka. It is also one of just a couple to grow its own grain in partnership with a local farming family, so that all the grain used comes from within 30 miles of the distillery. All this to create a range of spirits with field to glass provenance and to create a consumer friendly, sustainable business.
 
Dockyard Gin, Vela Vodka and Son of a Gun are all award wining spirits at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the International Wine and Spirit Challenge. More recently the team has launched Dockyard Damson Gin and Dockyard Kent Strawberry Gin which are unique expressions of Dockyard Gin and build on impeccable Kentish provenance and heritage. The first release of Masthouse Whisky is hotly anticipated by industry insiders for mid 2020.
 
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