The character of Britain is distilled most potently in places like Chatham Dockyard – a place where British ingenuity and resolve came together to produce a bustling hub of commerce, industry and craft that left an enduring mark on the world.
Since 2012, drawing up the area’s rich tradition of innovation and craft, the team at Copper Rivet Distillery began pulling together years of research, thinking and experience. We aim to reinvent Chatham for the 21st century by producing exceptional gins, whiskies and vodkas from scratch in bespoke stills (wrought right here Chatham) with the same skill that local craftsmen once fashioned world-class ships.
We believe in authenticity and it is important to have a genuine connection between our spirits, how they mature and the place we matured and grew up. For this reason we had to build our distillery at Chatham Dockyard in the magnificent former Pump House No. 5.
Drawing upon Chatham’s rich tradition of innovation, craft and trade, we are proud to bring you our own, totally original and distinctive English whisky, gin and vodka.
The result? Spirits we love making and which we are sure you’ll love drinking.
From the very outset, we wanted to create something truly unique and distinctive at the Copper Rivet Distillery. We knew the only way we could do this was to take control of the complete process of creating our own handcrafted spirits from grain to glass.
Working with our Kent farming partners, such as Burdon Brothers, we carefully hand select the best grains to be used in our spirits. Once the grains are ready, they’re harvested and brought the short distance from the field to our distillery. We mill the malts and grain in our onsite milling machine, before starting the brewing and fermenting process to make our own wash on site.
The Copper Rivet Distillery is the first distillery of its kind in Kent, and one of just a handful in England that can lay claim to this. We have complete control over our handcrafted spirits from inception as a raw ingredient, to the moment that our final gin, vodka and whisky spirits pour from the stills.
We designed our stills by ourselves and had them lovingly wrought right here in Chatham by local craftsmen using the same skill that once fashioned great ships - a traditional copper pot still for our whisky, a magnificent 10 meter tall column still for our vodka and our very specially designed copper still for our gin, like nothing you will have seen before.
When we are happy that our spirits have matured perfectly, we bottle and package them ourselves. And so all that remains is for you and your friends to savour and enjoy the fruits of our labour …READ MORE