Interview: Paul Feig on Artingstall’s London Dry Gin

When a search for the perfect martini turns into making your own gin

The way Paul Feig—of Artingstall’s London Dry Gin brand—talks about cocktails sounds like a pitch for a classic movie, which makes sense considering he’s also a prolific director. Feig is known in the industry for valuing downtime, making sure all casts and crews on his projects spend no more than 10 hours shooting, leaving time for drinks, dinner and a full night of sleep. It …

Beefeater Gin’s Master Distiller Desmond Payne on Creating Burrough’s Reserve

Astute observations, a 150-year-old still and a French apéritif come together in the inception of a unique spirit

On a recent trip to London, we caught up with our friend Desmond Payne, Beefeater Gin‘s Master Distiller of 20 years (check out our video with him). With 45 years of gin-making under his belt, he’s one of the industry’s most accomplished distillers and arguably one of the spirit’s most enthusiastic ambassadors. He’s also one of its most inquisitive and clever; consistently experimenting and pushing …