Welcome to Hope On Hopkins
Welcome to the home of Hope on Hopkins, the Mother City’s first artisanal distillery, in the heart of industrial Salt River. Note that the Distillery Tasting Room is open only on Saturday afternoons, between 12 and 5pm.
Ex-lawyers and partners Lucy Beard and Leigh Lisk toil and play to bring you handcrafted spirits packed full of new flavours and an interesting range of botanicals, made by using the age old process of batch distillation with their faithful stills – Mildred, Mouma and Maude, named after the couple’s grandmothers, and the latest addition to the team the beautiful copper pot still, Mad Mary.
Their dedication to their craft and respectful handling of carefully sourced quality ingredients culminates in their three Hope on Hopkins Gins: the classic grain based London Dry Gin, the South African inspired Salt River Gin and the more experimental, savoury Mediterranean Gin, as well as a small batch vodka and their 100% agave spirit, Esperanza (which they’re not allowed to call Tequila). They also design, distil and produce gins for other brands, including Musgrave 11 and Musgrave Pink Gin, Bloedlemoen Gin, the boldly citrus Clemengold Gin, the complex fynbos infused Southern Cross Gin, Blossom & Hops Gin and the soon to be launched Giant Gin.
Listen to co-owner Lucy chat to Bruce Whitfield on Cape Talk about the gin business: