Press & PR

Ein besuch in der destillerie Hope on Hopkins - Front Row Society Magazine October 2018

The smart distillery Hope on Hopkins, located in the middle of the Salt River district of Cape Town, is something special.

Meet the Distiller: Lucy Beard, Hope on Hopkins - The Gin Guild

The Gin Guild talks to Lucy about their exciting journey from Islington to Cape Town and being the proud owners of the city’s first licensed artisanal distillery

Raising a glass to women making waves in gin - The Mercury 8 August 2018

At Hope on Hopkins they have an abundance of passion and another secret weapon, owner Lucy Beard.

Embrace the locals - Hope on Hopkins by The Neighbours


Five not so ordinary things to do in Cape Town - 6 June 2018

Try something Other Than Wine: Hope on Hopkins, an adorable artisanal gin distillery located in the uber cool suburb of Woodstock

Lorum Ipsum - Online Mag's Overview of "Parting Gifts from Cape Town"

Cape Town's first craft distillery, founded by Leigh and Lucy, former fancy professionals who quit the office life to do something different and incidentally settled on craft gin, also incidentally igniting a city-wide liquor trend. I don't know how much you think about gin flavors but they sure do-- after a thorough tasting at Hope, I'd be glad to consider myself a gin person and sip juniper/fynbos/whatever notes through tonic on the reg. This one's only available in South Africa, so flag it for when you go.


It's a "relaxed and fun atmosphere at this distillery"

Woolworths Taste Magazine

Esperanza Blanco - made by the duo behind Cape Town's first gin distillery

Love Gin: Meet Lucy Beard, co-owner of Cape Town’s first artisanal distillery

Lucy chats to The MoneyShow host, Bruce Whitfield, on Cape Talk and 702

The Mercury - Cheers to 'Ginuary' the drink for January

Indulge in a range of Gins in Ginuary

SA Spirits you Should be Drinking

If you’re looking for exceptional, interesting and unique spirits, turn your gaze to the tip of Africa

Top 10 SA Food & Wine Experiences

"Head to Hope on Hopkins, located in uber-cool Salt River, on a Wednesday evening for a curated tasting, or pop in on a Saturday afternoon for a DIY sampling of their three famous tipples ..."

Cooking up a Storm Newsletter

Hope on Hopkins produced three limited edition gins specially for The Gin Box to celebrate the season of giving

Travel and Leisure - US edition

Local gin distillers have taken advantage of fynbos ... and other native flowers and spices to make complex, aromatic liquors

Edgars Club Magazine, November 2017

Hope on Hopkins creates handcrafted spirits with unique flavours

Woman&Home October 2017

Power-couple distillers ...

Girl Boss Hustle

"the Salt River-based artisanal distillery fast garnering a cult following"

Sunday Argus: 1 October 2017

In recent months, gin has firmly entrenched itself as part of the cosmopolitan food subculture of the city

The Sunday Times: Neighbourhood 17 September 2017

We encourage people to sip it, perhaps over a single block of ice ...

Marie Claire: August 2017

Mediterranean botanicals ... bring the fiesta to this gin

Rhino Africa: Aug '17

"Undoubtedly the genius of the gin generators, Hope on Hopkins isn’t afraid to play and experiment with flavours"

Meet South Africa's Liquor Ladies - Food 24 August 2017

It’s scientifically proven that women have a better sense of smell and taste, both of which are key in this industry.

Gin Distilleries in and around Cape Town - Cape Town Magazine, August 2017

Many Capetonians will have heard of Hope on Hopkins, but for those that haven’t you’re in for a treat!

Travel + Leisure India & South Asia: Jul '17

"the finest gin in Africa"

Sarie Magazine: Jul '17

Sarie Kos: Jul '17

Culture Trip: Jul '17

"the scene here is really new, and I think it's growing at such a pace it's quite incredible." Link to full interview below:

Gin tonic: the rare botanicals giving the spirit a South African twist - The Guardian UK 18 June 2017

For a crash course on Cape gin, Hope On Hopkins, a diminutive artisan distillery in the heart of Cape Town, offers [weekly] curated gin tastings

Safair In Flight: Jun '17

"arguably the best in the game"

Sunday Times: Apr '17

try a Hope G&T at these "four top spots for a tipple" in Cape Town

Sunday Times: Apr '17

"the time has come for you to take a long, hard look at your drinks cabinet and do some reshuffling of your own"

Mango Juice Magazine: Feb '17

“In 18 months, we’ve gone from producing 400 bottles a month to 4,000… people are realising that gin is so much more than just juniper”

High Life Magazine: Feb '17

“When life hands you a lemon, you know where to head…”

The Sowetan: 16 Feb '17

"Hope on Hopkins was the first [gin distillery] to be licensed in Cape Town, just as the drink began to make a stir."

House and Leisure: Jan/Feb '17

Convivium festival featured “chefs galore, journalists, students, farmers and producers of everything from beef to gin, coffee and mozzarella…it’s an opportunity to create food outside of the strictures of a working kitchen”

World Craft Distilleries Blog: Jan '17

“People arriving from the Netherlands flew in and came straight to us, because they follow us on Instagram and were dying to come and see us”

Good Taste Magazine: Jan '17

"I have been hunting high and low...and have rounded up some of my best finds to help get your gift buying underway."

Winq Magazine: Nov '16

“[Lucy and Leigh] have truly dived into the handcrafted distilling process whole-heartedly, making their own base spirit in Mildred and Maude - two stills named after their respective grandmothers.”

Sawubona Blog Oct '16

"the perfect South African sundowner"

Ideas Magazine: Sept '16

“Set the Scene: fill a drinks trolley with cocktail ingredients and stylish glasses so guests can mix their own drinks”

Edgars Club Magazine: Sept '16

“With South Africa’s phenomenal floral kingdom at their disposal and its wealth of aromatic plants like buchu, pioneering distillers…have been creating exceptional gins unique to our national palate.”

The Times: 24 Aug '16

“it’s exciting that the local market is still small enough to allow new players to enter and experiment”

Fast Company Magazine: May '16

“There’s been a real mix of ages all getting enthusiastic about gin...consumers start to appreciate the creativity behind a gin, realising each is unique and distinctly flavoured”

Wanted Magazine: April '16

“I have never drunk gin before and… [I’m] loving the Hope on Hopkins gin I purchased recently” -Mike Elliott, MD Sunglass Hut SA

House and Leisure: March '16

“Most of the gins produced in the country rely to a degree on the local botanicals… real fans don’t have a favorite gin, but a range of favorites depending on the time, place, season [and] mood”

Conde Nast House and Garden: Feb '16

“With local distilleries flourishing and dedicated gin bars opening, now is the time to revisit this classic spirit.”

The Weekend Argus: 9 Jan '16

“Recently we’ve seen a revived interest in this spirit… It has become a firm favorite with mixologists at the cutting edge of creating new and exciting concoctions for those with discerning taste”

High Life Magazine: Jan '16

"the Mediterranean Gin (savoury, accented with olives, rosemary and thyme), [honours] the region where the idea for the distillery was born, and the Salt River Gin stars Cape botanicals such as kapokbos and buchu”

Good Taste Magazine: Jan '16

“There are no rules when it comes to the gin game”

Design Times: No. 61 '16

“Since the distillery is situated in an old warehouse and the area had a very structural/industrial look to it, we wanted to represent this visually in their labels.”

Woolworths Taste Magazine: Oct '15

“Hope on Hopkins specialises in small-batch gins, including a Salt River variety made from malted barley”

Mens Health Magazine: Oct '15

“pull up a sunchair, because there’s a new selection of spirits that’ll change the way you look at your G&T”

Getaway Magazine: Oct '15

“[Salt River gin] is the Western Cape in a glass”

Get It Magazine Cape Town: Oct '15

“we thought Hope on Hopkins would be a good expression of us and our brand…we wanted to be positive and South African”

Man Magazine: Sept '15

“Our Salt River Gin is quite a contemporary style, far bolder than our classic London Dry…we take our triple-distilled barley spirit and then redistill it it a fourth time with a range of botanicals, including some organic citrus peel from the Cederberg”

House and Leisure: Sept '15

Robi Thatcher, Jozi curator, is “excited about the craft gin industry in SA”

The Weekend Argus: 22 Aug '15

“We wanted to leave the corporate world and do something for ourselves… we love the fact that it’s a live-work space, love the light, and love the fact that we can see the mountain out of our bathroom windows”

The Times: 22 July '15

“From legalese to the language of evaporation, distillation, heat, pressure, botanicals and infusion that they now speak, Lucy and Leigh have come a long way.”

The Good Weekend: 18 July '15

“[Hope on Hopkins] are preparing mopani worm gin for the festival dinner… The aim of the conference is to encourage entrepreneurship involving street food culture.”

The Weekend Argus: 18 July '15

“They bought a camper van and set off…chasing the sun across Europe and tossing in the corporate life”

Die Burger: 3 July '15

Elle Decoration Magazine: March '15

“The international craft spirit trend has hit South African shores”