Graham Taylor, the MD of the Crafty Distillery, Newton Stewart, the regions newest and most exciting spirits producer updates ‘DGWGO Food and Drink’ on their progress.

Graham told us “Before I get to how things are progressing, I thought I’d share a little bit about how the Crafty Distillery came to be. It was back in April 2014 when we decided to try and make a living from doing what we do best – talking nonsense and drinking. Around that time there was a big shift happening in the spirits market, with more and more smaller distilleries popping up all over Scotland, so we thought we would have a bash ourselves. All we had to do was figure out what would make us a bit diferent.

After a good few months of spirited debates, Crafty Distillery was born. Our plan was simple, we wanted to create tasty ‘grain to glass’ spirits for everyone who likes a tipple, not just gin-thusiasts and whisky buffs. That’s why our tagline is ‘Keeping everyone in good spirits’.

Basing ourselves in Dumfries & Galloway was an easy choice. It’s got clean air, fresh water, natural beauty and amazing locally grown ingredients. We couldn’t think of a better spot. Located just outside Newton Stewart at the A75 roundabout, the distillery site we settled on offered fantastic views of the Galloway hills. 


So, after more than 2 years of planning, paperwork, research, head scratching, building and a healthy dose of swearing, our distillery is finally nearing completion. With a bit of luck we should begin distilling our first batches of Gin and Whisky before the end of the year. Our first spirit will be a Galloway inspired Gin and early next year we will officially open to the public so visitors can come along, take in the view and most importantly taste the stuff. We’ll even give you the chance to make your own gin from scratch!”


For more ‘Crafty’ chat and their latest Competition, check out their Facebook page.




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