The award-winning Whitby Distillery has launched a pioneering Founders Club to help to fund a brand new distillery in the town – and to be part of the exciting Whitby Distillery journey.
Work will begin in January on the £1.5m distillery, which is being built in the shadow of the historic Whitby Abbey.
Whitby Distillery, makers of Whitby Gin, was founded in 2017 by Jessica Slater and Luke Pentith who have grown their business from a passion project to one whose gin stocked in more than 400 outlets across the UK.
The eco-build premises will enable the distillery to become one of the most iconic distillery visitor experiences in England, providing high-quality leisure and function space, including a tasting kitchen, for the local community and gin lovers everywhere to enjoy throughout the year.
Luke Pentith said: “The Founders Club is an essential part of our new project. Whilst some of the build cost of the distillery will come from more traditional sources, we are looking to create a Whitby Distillery community, who will share in our whole exciting journey.
“We hope this community will play a crucial role in helping our dream to become a reality, whilst enjoying a whole range of benefits which will appeal to gin drinkers across the country, including shaping the taste of our future gins. Our aim is to raise £500,000, which would enable us to complete the distillery and the visitor centre in good time next year.
“We have already floated the idea of a Founders Club to our friends and supporters and it has been received really well. Now it’s time to launch it to a wider audience in the UK.”
He added: “Club members will become part of Whitby’s story, helping to bring new business to the area and creating jobs for local people and putting spirit back. New ideas and adventures have always been launched along this rugged coast and this is an amazing opportunity to be part of one of them.
“Whether you’re a gin enthusiast, or looking to invest in a slice of Whitby’s heritage, we’ve got a membership package to suit.”
There are three different Founders Club membership packages, the Endeavour Package (from £230); the Resolution Package (from £80); and the Adventure Package (from £60).
Jess Slater said: “The specific details of each package can be found on our website, www.whitbydistillery.com. But it is worth highlighting the Endeavour Package, which includes the opportunity to have your name engraved in the heart of the distillery, the chance to become a member of the Tasting Panel and crafting our future products, unlimited tours of the distillery for family and friends and discounts on all gins.
“As Christmas approaches, we hope that one of the packages would make a wonderful present, especially this year when we all need cheering up. We trust that next year is going to be much happier and safer. Certainly, for us, it’s going to be tremendously exciting.”
Jess added: “Moving our distillery to Abbey Lands Farm is a game-changer for the business and will enable us to step up production, give us a tremendous platform for growth and introduce a new industry to Whitby.
“It is an honour and a privilege to be restoring these derelict buildings on such a world-famous site. For us, this is all about launching an amazing adventure on the atmospheric North Sea coastline, with tremendous knock-on effects for the local economy.
“These beautiful, historic barns, which we are renovating, date back to the late Victorian/early Edwardian period and formed part of the former Abbey Lands Farm.
“We want to preserve the building’s heritage for everyone in Whitby by restoring the site to a world-class standard and provide a home for our world-class gin – and we are looking forward to welcoming our Founders Club members joining us on this exciting journey.”