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Episode 75: Beefeater Gin
Episode 7522nd October 2021 • Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur • Matt Birchard
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Episode 75 features Beefeater Gin, a London Dry style produced in London. Bottled in 750ml at 44% ABV, or 88 proof, for the US market, it retails for $20.

Enjoy this episode with a classic Beefeater Gin Martini, or served with tonic.

Beefeater's official website:

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 1820 - Chelsea Distillery is founded by the Taylor family
  • 1863 - James Burrough purchases the distillery
  • 1876 - Beefeater Gin is first introduced
  • 1895 - The nine botanicals used in Beefeater are recorded in a company recipe book
  • 1908 - Production moves to a new distillery in Lambeth, a part of London
  • 1958 - Distillery moves again, to a site in Kennington, a part of London
  • 1987 - The Burrough family sells Beefeater to brewing giant Whitbread
  • 1995 - Desmond Payne becomes Master Distiller for Beefeater
  • 2005 - Pernod Ricard acquires Beefeater
  • 2014 - A visitor center opens at the distillery
  • 2019 - Sales peak at 3.4 million 9-liter equivalent cases

Key Cocktails:

Beefeater mixes very well, try it in a favorite gin cocktail.

Suggested serves include Gin & Tonic with 1 part gin to 3 parts tonic.


BBC Article on Beefeaters, the Yeoman of the Guard

The Spirits Business Article on Beefeater

Master of Malt Article on Beefeater Beefeater Overview

Wikipedia Article on Beefeater Sales Figures

YouTube Video on How It's Made

YouTube Video Behind The Scenes at Beefeater

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