It’s a shame that when we are in our school days we are always thinking up new ideas, new inventions that we think are going to change the world, yet when we enter our working lives all that imagination goes up in a puff of smoke as we follow the set path we have chosen. So here’s a chance to dream a little and pick out the three things in drinks you wish you had invented or been part of creating. Next up is David Gill MW business sector controller at Kingsland Drinks…
Here’s why Master of Wine David Gill from Kingsland Drinks actually wishes he had become a Master Brewer…
The UK Craft Beer Boom
I love wine, but I also love good ale, especially old fashioned British bitter, IPA, mild and stout. I dabble with a bit of home brew myself (just from kits) but would have loved to have been a Master Brewer with fingers in the recent craft brewery upsurge. I love the myriad of flavours and tones of the different brews and the opportunity to play around with different hops and other ingredients. It’s also a fairly home-grown thing – self-sufficiency meets everyday hedonism.
The revival and development of Scotch, Welsh and English Whisky
I also love good malt whisky – Scotch particularly. It’s only recently that the industry seems to have really boomed again, with prices to match. I’d quite like to have learnt to be distiller and blender just before this recent upturn, creating fine, elegant products with real depth and quality. I used to pass the St George’s Whisky distillery near Norwich when ferrying my daughter to and from University and always had a hankering to stop off – but never did. I’ll go one day!
“Eto” wine preservation decanter.
I did help crowdfund this bit of beautiful Welsh wizardry, but really wish I had been more closely involved with it. I was able to see their trials and tribulations as they worked through the whole design and production process – but I would have loved to have been a part of their on-hands team. The Eto (Welsh for “again”) is such a beautiful piece of engineering, completely practical and effective, cunningly simple to use and clean – and it looks so good on the dinner table.
All of these are currently thriving UK businesses and industries – something which I think we should be nurturing and supporting.
- Fancy sharing the 3 Things In Drinks That You Wish You Had Been Part Of? If so send them through, explaining why to Richard Siddle at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will look to share them on The Buyer.