The great distillery rush continues – Halewood Wines & Spirits-owned Liverpool Gin is the latest brand to announce plans for its own production site, and this one will include not one but two bars, a lab, and even a bartender school!

The distillery, set to open by the end of 2018, will cost £1 million to build, and the kit includes a 600-litre copper still.

Other production details are scarce at this stage, but it is clear this will be a super visitor-friendly site. In the lab, intrigued gin fans will be able to select their own botanicals and distil their own bespoke gin. In addition to the two bars (gin on the ground floor, dark spirits at the basement), there’s also food on offer, with guests able to choose from small tapas-style dishes and pizza. Delicious.

The Liverpool Gin Bartender School aims to further cement the city’s reputation as a bar hotspot. The training syllabus includes everything from flavour pairings to correct pour temperatures, and all graduating folk will receive a certificate.

Liverpool GinA sneak peek at some of the Liverpool Gin stills

“Liverpool Gin is one the city’s most well-loved premium brands and the new distillery, right in the heart of Liverpool’s bustling food and drink hub, will provide an accessible interactive experience which will appeal to both locals and visitors alike,” reckons Halewood operations director, Lee Tayburn.

We won’t have to wait too long before we can check it out for ourselves. If all goes to plan, the distillery will open in late 2018 on the city’s centrally-located Castle Street. Bring on the distilling!

The development comes at an intriguing time for Halewood, which last month said it was considering selling its entire business.

Halewood currently has a number of distilling ventures on the go, including constructing a £7 million production site in Edinburgh for Scotch whisky brand John Crabbie & Co.