Burnley based micro-distillery, Batch, has been awarded Double Gold at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirit Competition (SFWSC). This designation is awarded to very few entries that receive Gold medal ratings by all members of the judging panel, placing Batch among the best spirits in the world.
Batch has been awarded the most prestigious accolade in the spirits industry, after scooping Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC). Double Gold is awarded to Batch for their Industrial Strength Gin, a playful twist on a Navy gin and a nod to the industrial heritage of their hometown. Very few entries receive Double Gold, recognising Batch Industrial Strength Gin as one of the best spirits in the world. This tremendous recognition follows the success of Batch Signature Gin being crowned the UK’s favourite gin by Craft Gin Club members, in January 2018.
Head Distiller, Oliver Sanderson, is thrilled with the announcement: “I originally produced Industrial Strength for Batch Innovations members; our monthly spirits subscription club. After surveying our members, we knew Industrial Strength was very good but to achieve Double Gold at San Francisco is an incredible achievement. I’m honoured that our playful and innovative nature is being recognised.”
Batch originally produced around 200 bottles of Industrial Strength Gin as a limited edition run for their subscription members, plus select local bars and restaurants. With the news of Double Gold, Industrial Strength Gin is set to make a comeback and will join their core range, which includes Signature and Whinberry gins. Batch Organic Vodka also received a Silver SFWSC award, and another of their gins from the Batch Innovations range, Buddha’s Hand Gin, walked away with a Bronze at this year’s competition.
The local support Batch has received since launching in 2015 has been tremendous, but the tight-knit team of six are elated to be receiving worldwide recognition by some of the best-known industry experts. Director, Phil Whitwell, comments: “Going from distilling in the basement of a house in 2015, to being crowned the UK’s favourite gin and now achieving the success of a SFWSC Double Gold, I am thrilled that people are enjoying our gin as much as we love producing and innovating. 2018 has been an incredible year so far! If you’d like to be part our a journey, head over to batchbrew.co.uk to sign up to Batch Innovations, our monthly subscription club.”