In 2016, Copper Rivet began production in an old pumphouse in Medway, Kent. It is a meeting of expertise and energy between the Russell family’s passion for their home county, and Head Distiller Abhi Banik’s encyclopaedic knowledge of fermentation and distillation. Copper Rivet are making huge waves in the industry, producing a wonderfully fruitforward distillate.
Copper Rivet’s stills nestle centrally within a wonderfully hulking Victorian brick cuboid that previously acted as pumphouse for the adjacent dry-dock, and lost its towering chimney during the second World War. With local Kentish grain arriving at one end, fermentation, distillation and maturation taking place on-site, and with a mischievous spirit of experimentation, whenever I visit I can feel the very best of old and new. Pro-tip, visit the in house restaurant and enjoy many gustatorial delights – not least their house-made “marmite butter” using leftovers from the fermentation, served with spent-grain bread from the very same source