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OUR HISTORY

1820

foundations laid

chelsea distillery

The Chelsea Distillery, located on Cale street, opens under control of the Taylor family. This would go on to become the first home of Beefeater Gin.

1835

James Burrough

James Burrough founder Beefeater

James Burrough, the man who purchased the distillery in 1863 that would go on to become the first home of Beefeater gin is born in Devon.

He fashions a career as a pharmacist, which leads him to Toronto, Canada.

1863

the first distillery

Beefeater history first distillery

Burrough returns to London and purchases the Chelsea distillery for £400. He produces liqueurs, fruit gins and punches. He counts the prestigious Fortnum & Mason amongst his customers.

1876

BEEFEATER’S BIRTH

The Chelsea Distillery, located on Cale street, opens under control of the Taylor family. This would go on to become the first home of Beefeater Gin.

1908

BIGGER AND BETTER

Beefeater Hutton Road

Beefeater production moves to Hutton Road in Lambeth. The distillery is named after its forerunner, Cale Street, to help retain its heritage, while production is increased due to the purchase of the latest distilling equipment.

1958

MONTFORD PLACE

Beefeater history Lambeth

On the search for more space to keep up with demand, Beefeater moves to its present home in Kennington, a site once occupied by the Haywards Military Pickle Factory.

1963

STATESIDE SUCCESS

Beefeater History Success

Beefeater accounts for three out of every four bottles of gin imported into the US and in 1963 was the only gin selected to be on board the maiden voyage of the QEII to New York.

1987

A NEW BEGINNING

Beefeater history 1987

Beefeater leaves the Burroughs family after almost 100 years, and is sold to Whitbread.

1995

A NEW MASTER

Desmond Payne Beefeater History

Desmond Payne becomes Master Distiller.

2005

BEEFEATER DRY GIN

History Beefeater Dry Gin

Beefeater Dry Gin is acquired by Pernod Ricard and a programme of reinvestment in the brand begins.

2008

BEEFEATER 24

history beefeater 24

The launch of Beefeater 24, Desmond Payne’s contribution to the Beefeater legacy.

2013

BEEFEATER BURROUGH’S RESERVE

beefeater history burroughs reserve

Using James Burrough’s original Still No. 12, with a capacity of only 268 litres, the exclusive cask-rested ‘Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve’ is launched.

2015

LONDON GARDEN

Beefeater History London Garden

Inspired by the botanical garden in Chelsea Physic Gardens in the heart of london Desmond Payne crafts a herbal expression of Beefeater London Dry.

2018

DESMOND PAYNE MBE

beefeater gin master distiller desmond payne

Desmond Payne was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, he was made a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the UK gin industry – an honour which marks the pinnacle of his Golden Jubilee year.

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