Joe officially launched Chew Valley Distillery from his fathers seafood restaurant (The Lazy Lobster Chew Magna) in 2020.
Throughout the year of 2020 and negotiating nationwide lockdowns, Joe continued to build the Chew Valley Distillery brand by releasing no fewer than 5 different gins to the market all whilst working full time as a line manager at Airbus in Filton Bristol.
He transformed his Stepmothers hair salon into a fully operational micro distillery and bar which opened to the public on the 18th of December 2020.
In January 2021 Joe made the decision to make the distillery his full-time occupation due to the increasing demand for his range of hand-crafted Gins.
In February 2021 Chew Valley Distillery was awarded it’s first accolade (Bronze at the world Gin Awards)
This was then followed in quick succession by
Bronze and Silver (London Spirit Competition)
Winner of London Dry and Navy Strength categories (Gin Guide Awards)
New Distillery of the Year (Gin Guide Awards)
Gold and Silver (Taste of the west)
1 star (Great Taste Awards)