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Many a glass of gin has flowed under the bridge, or more accurately down my ever expectant open throat (they don't call me baby-bird for nothing, you know), since first we met one short year ago, and I don't know about you, but I'm in the mood to celebrate. We're going back to The Greyfriar, where it all started, all those gins ago. I'll be announcing more details over the next few weeks and if anyone has some smart idea of what a gin group birthday party should look like feel free to message me, or start a chat here.
Last year the Gin Foundry boys smashed it out of the park once again with some superb gins and a superb event... I see no reason why it won't be the same again in 2019. Junipalooza is unlike any other gin festival. Not only are all your samples, from a range of over 100 of the very finest gins, free once you're in but the brands aren't even allowed to attend unless the makers themselves turn up so not just great gin, but great gin served by the people who actually made the stuff. And to prove it here's one of me with the Master Distiller of 209 Distillery who flew in from San Francisco especially for the event.... and we just need to travel from Reading! Earlybird tickets are out now at £25, and as I'm early to get this up we're going for the late Saturday session. This is always the first session to sell out so next June may seem a long way off but don't hang around. Would make the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one too : ) Tickets and more information is available here: Via Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/[masked]/ or directly on eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/junipalooza-london-2019-tickets[masked] I'll be travelling from Reading so meeting point can be worked out closer to the day when we know who's coming, and where you are coming from. If you're from out of (Reading) town then we'll arrange meet place closer to the day.
The guys who bring us Junipalooza each year do small, in-depth, tasting experiences throughout the year... and they are always great. For each event they chose from the wide-range of gins they have accumulated those which will give a good insight into the aspect of the gin firmament chosen for that evening. And this one is all about South African gins. South Africa is a country which has really taken the modern gin explosion to its heart, and made it its own. Their gins tend to be rooted in the local terroir with indigenous botanicals shunting aside ones we may be more familiar with to bring us something distinctly South African. Tickets sell rapidly so if you are interested in joining me don't hang around. The venue is in Fulham and not the easiest to get to, but I should be up a little before the start time so happy to meet you nearby. For tickets and full details: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gin-tasting-south-african-gins-tickets[masked]