News and events

From gin tasting to tours of The Surrey Copper Distillery. Why not attend one of our upcoming events?

Look out for our special tasting events with suggested signature serves and garnish recommendations. We will share rare glimpses of how our spirits are made and what influenced us and inspired us to create them. We also offer, at a location of your choice:

  • expert spirit tasting workshops
  • gin classes

Please contact us for details.


John Lewis gin tasting

27 April 2019

Venue: Southampton store
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Join us and try our lovely Copperfield London Dry Gin Volume 1.


Gin and Jazz Festival

17 May 2019

Venue: Great Fosters Hotel, near Egham
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tickets: Tickets available here


Surrey County Show

27 May 2019

Join us at our stand and look out for a 30 minute presentation on all things gin by our head distiller Chris.

John Lewis gin tasting

1 June 2019

Venue: Edinburgh store
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Join us and try our lovely Copperfield London Dry Gin Volume 1.

Guildford Beer Festival

7-8 June 2019

Venue: Guildford Cricket Club

Tickets available here

John Lewis gin tasting

15 June 2019

Venue: Glasgow store
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Join us and try our lovely Copperfield London Dry Gin Volume 1.

Haslemere Gin Festival

22 June 2019

Venue: Haslemere Museum
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets: Tickets available here

Cranleigh Show

30 June 2019

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tickets: Tickets available here

Shere Open Gardens

30 June 2019

Time: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Join us outside The White Horse for a G&T or special cocktail.

Sussex Gin Fest

13 July 2019

Venue: Borde Hill Garden near Haywards Heath
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Tickets: Tickets available here


New appointments for Professor Katherine Smart

December 2018

Professor Katherine Smart has been appointed as the new Chair of the Worshipful Company of Brewers’ Livery Committee and has also been elected to the Court of the Brewers’ Company.  The Company is one of the oldest of the City guilds or livery companies with the objective of providing support to educational establishments and research in the field of Brewing. Founded in the late 13th century, the Brewers Company received a Royal Charter in 1438 from Henry VI.  Katherine is the first woman to be elected to the Court in the history of the Brewers’ Company and she will be formerly inducted at Brewers’ Hall in London on 13 December 2018.

Chimes English Extra Dry Vermouth is launched

October 2018

Chimes English Extra Dry VermouthFollowing on from the release of Copperfield London Dry Gin in June 2018, Dr. Chris Smart and Professor Katherine Smart are now launching their second product hot off the still of their Surrey Copper Distillery. Chimes English Extra Dry Vermouth is an English vermouth hand-crafted from Surrey Sauvignon blanc blended with a distilled spirit infusion made using twelve botanicals.

Read the press release

Katherine Smart appointed to academic position at The University of Cambridge

30 August 2018

The University of Cambridge and The Surrey Copper Distillery Limited are delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Katherine Smart to the role of University Lecturer in Brewing and Distilling Sciences in the School of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge effective 1 September 2018. Read the press release

Copperfield London Dry Gin
A new gin that brings history to life

June 2018

From a modern, purpose-built family distillery in leafy Surrey, Dr Christopher Smart and his wife Professor Katherine Smart are launching a new gin, The Copperfield London Dry Gin, based on a recipe penned by Ambrose Cooper in his Complete Distiller first published in 1757.

Read the press release

The Distillery Is Formally Launched

3 May 2018

On 3 May 2018, we released our first press release coinciding with the launch of our website.

Read the press release