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Published on December 5, 2022

Based at the historical Chatham Dockyards. 

In 2005, Bob, Matthew and Stephen Russell began to plan Copper Rivet Distillery, a long held family dream of crafting and producing premium products from scratch and the ability to own and control the entire process from start to finish to truly stand behind each product that is created. In 2012, Stephen met future Head Distiller, Abhi, at the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling in Edinburgh where he was teaching brewing and distilling to Postgraduates. They were really able to start the creative process after this. Finally in 2016, eleven years after the initial
plan, the Russell family distils for the first time and open the doors of Copper Rivet Distillery.

Matthew Russell spotted Pumphouse No.5 in 2015 when visiting Upnor Castle. After finding out it was for sale, the family was set on Chatham’s historic Royal Dockyards and the distinctly beautiful red brick of the Victorian pumphouse. For 414 years Chatham has stood at the cutting edge of industry and innovation. Fifty years since the last ship was launched from its historic dockyard, they are reinventing Chatham for the 21st century. 


Copper Rivet is still a fresh face to Kent’s spirit scene using local Kentish grain, grown in fields within 20 miles of the distiller. However, they still draw upon the area’s rich tradition of innovation and craft, the team strive to produce small batches of exceptional gin, whisky and vodka from
scratch in bespoke stills, with the same skill that local craftsmen once fashioned world-class ships.


8 blackberries

3 fresh mint leaves

½ limecut in half

1 tsp raw honey

60ml ounces Dockyard Gin




In a heavy bottomed glass, muddle together blackberries, mint, and lime until they have released all their juices. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean rocks glass, being sure to press out all the liquid with the back of a spoon. Add the honey and stir until dissolved. Add the gin and a handful of crushed ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a sprig of mint, a blackberry, and/or a slice of lemon.

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Chloe Lewis

Chloe looks after all copywriting and proof-reading for Drink Warehouse UK, working with the Marketing team to deliver educational content to all our customers. She has spent many years in the hospitality sector, moving from behind the bar to now helping venues to stock their own. You can find more from Chloe about beer, cider, spirits, wine, non-alcoholic, soft drinks and RTDs all over our blogs, website, social media and Set The Bar magazine. 

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