Sunderland bar boasts in-house distillery

Sunderland bar boasts in-house distillery

Drinkers in the North East can now watch the spirits which go into their favourite drinks being made at Poetic License in Sunderland.

The bar, based at the Roker hotel, is one of only a handful of operating distilleries in the North East and one of the first outside London to be based in a bar.

The distilleries still, named Gracie after the owner’s daughter, Grace, is on display to drinkers who can watch it produce its 400 bottles per cycle of namesake Graceful Vodka, as well as the brand’s Old Tom Gin and Northern Dry Gin.

Owner Mark Hird said: “It has become relatively unusual for a gin brand to have their own distillery, with spirit production outsourced, and so we wanted to make it as clear as possible that everything was being done in-house.

“It’s a real talking point in the bar and has certainly helped to raise awareness of how vodka and gin can be made.”

Poetic License, which launched in September 2015, has been designed to appeal to more discerning drinkers, offering its own unique mix of hand crafted spirits, which are available in various retailers throughout the region.