The winners of the first ever Cotswolds Artisan Drinks Awards were announced last night, as the top tipples in the region were recognised in the inaugural competition organised by boutique pub with rooms, The Kingham Plough.
Producers from around the area were represented in the contest, with the best ones being awarded for the innovative drinks they entered, with a total of 45 beverages given a Gold, Silver or Bronze accolade.
The Cotswolds Artisan Drinks Awards 2016 was arranged by The Kingham Plough and Mixellany Limited, who wanted to celebrate the hard work of producers and highlight the vast selection of drinks being made in the Cotswolds.
Each entry was judged by a panel of experts, including award-winning drinks historian, Anistatia Miller, her husband Sipsmith’s Master Distiller, Jared Brown, plus Beefeater Distillery Master Distiller, Desmond Payne, and Louis Lewis-Smith, who owns The Dark Horse cocktail bar in Bath and has 18 years’ experience pursuing various endeavours in the drinks industry, including a stint working for Hendricks Gin.
All entries were also automatically entered into the ‘People’s Choice’ category, voted for by 50 VIPs, with the winner crowned as local favourite Sibling Gin.
All the winners will now have the chance to the showcase their winning beverages at the first annual Cotswold Artisan Drinks Fair, held on May 9, where an overall winner ‘Best in Show’ will be revealed.
Emily Watkins, owner and chef-proprietor at The Kingham Plough, was thrilled with the success of the event: “The Cotswolds Artisan Awards were better than we had ever imagined and it was so great to meet so many wonderful producers and taste their delicious drinks. We can’t wait to fill our bar with all of their products. Congratulations to all the very well-deserved winners and we really look forward to doing it again next year.”