January 16, 2021

Rising from the ashes: Masons Yorkshire Gin announces new distillery opening

Nine months after the devastating fire that destroyed its distillery, Masons Yorkshire Gin has revealed its ambitious comeback plans.

Based in Bedale, North Yorkshire, Masons is Yorkshire’s original and most awarded gin. Launched in 2013, it is the brainchild of Karl and Cathy Mason whose journey into ginsmithery began when the perfect gin and tonic they were looking for couldn’t be found. 

At the start of 2019, Masons were producing over 400,000 bottles per year and we’re growing rapidly. On the morning of 2nd April 2019 that all changed. A fire started inside the building and caused the entire distillery to go up in flames, destroying everything.

After the fire was safely distinguished, the Masons team gathered round the dining table at Karl and Cathy’s home to draw up an emergency contingency plan. Within 24 hours, plans were put in place and miraculously, there were no delays in production.

After a whirlwind of a year, Masons has now announced plans to move into its brand new, purpose build distillery situated just outside Bedale on the Leeming Bar industrial estate. The new distillery will be open-plan, multi-purposed and will enable increased capacity to help them meet their ambitious growth plans for 2020 and beyond.

Karl and Cathy Mason

Karl Mason, co-founder and Director of Masons Yorkshire Gin, says: “It goes without saying that without the incredible response from the fire department and the support we have received from our staff, community and our industry colleagues, we would not be in the fortunate position we are in today.When re-creating our distillery, it was essential we kept everything under one roof. We built our brand by working closely with our team, so we can’t wait to have everyone back together.”

The new distillery will open in early 2020 and will house its production, bottling plant and offices.