Scott Kirkwood grew up in Ohio in the USA, moving to the UK in 2010 and is now proud to call Ludlow home.
Scott has been a fan, some would say connoisseur, of whisky and gin for quite some time. Several years ago, he was intrigued by the growing gin craze and all the new varieties being offered. But he was disappointed when he learned that most gin makers buy in their base alcohol from industrial factories rather than making their own spirit.
"With so much local grain available, why would we be buying industrially made alcohol that was likely produced halfway around the world? I think Shropshire can do better than that."
Scott set out to make what he calls an Honest Shropshire Spirit using local ingredients and traditional distilling methods. He gained access to a supply of barley grown in Shropshire and Herefordshire, thanks to Hobsons Brewery. He then sought and received permission from the National Trust to forage local botanicals from the Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley. The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre gave him permission to forage from the Onny Meadows.
He's located his distillery in a listed farm building behind the church in Stanton Lacy. The timber framed building sits on the Earl of Plymouth estate, overlooking the river Corve and in the shadow of the Shropshire Hills AONB. With good local ingredients and with great care and attention to detail, Kirkwood Distillery makes a truly local spirit from the abundance of this area.
Church Farm Studios