Ben Franks: Spotlight on Independent Spirit of Bath
Now and again I do drift outside of wine. While much of the time it’s to relax with a scrumptious craft ale, there are times when I indulge and dip into fine spirits. Whether you’re the same, or much more familiar with the realms of whisky, gins and beyond, you really ought to go and meet the guys at Independent Spirit (if you haven’t already).
Located just around the corner from the Bath Abbey opposite Parade Gardens, the characterful indie spirits shop is usually manned by one of two: Chris or Christian. The two met in Bath in 2011 and discovered a shared passion for spirits and premium mixers. When they couldn’t find anywhere to fulfil their demand for a good spirit specialist, they went about forming their own company.
They’re now Bath’s go-to-guys for cocktail grade spirits, whiskies, cocktail equipment, cigars and other bespoke craft products. On top of all that, they also boast one of the best ranges of craft beers in the city. So you not only get specialist advice with top service, you also have plenty of choice too.
If you really can’t get to Bath any time soon to visit the shop and look around, you can follow the guys on twitter. They’re excellent on there and have embraced being one of the city’s independent pioneers. Most recently they supported the launch of Electric Bear brewery, which popped up in the Maltings some months ago and is now flying as one of the region’s premier brewers.
The pair also show their faces at local events across the city, whether it be to host cocktail masterclasses and tasting events, or simply to support one of the many other independents.
It’s rare you find a business with so much heart, so if you enjoy a fine tipple you need to go and meet Chris and Christian. What better excuse for a cool beer or a cocktail do you have than the fine weather we’ve been enjoying?
See you there.
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