La distillerie du Bugey

The Bugey distillery

in Saint-Martin-de-Bavel
  • Marie and Phil created the Distillerie du Bugey in the heart of Saint-Martin-de-Bavel in the Ain, Marie's home village, in a building with a strong architectural character.

  • Phil, who hails from England and grew up in the British gin culture, combines his knowledge and passion for distillation to concoct some amazing recipes.

    Come and visit them to discover their artisanal products, enrich your knowledge with their gin creation workshops or simply toast with them during a tasting in this magical place.

    Both originally electrical engineers, they have long been fascinated by the building in which they created the distillery, a former EDF electricity...
    Phil, who hails from England and grew up in the British gin culture, combines his knowledge and passion for distillation to concoct some amazing recipes.

    Come and visit them to discover their artisanal products, enrich your knowledge with their gin creation workshops or simply toast with them during a tasting in this magical place.

    Both originally electrical engineers, they have long been fascinated by the building in which they created the distillery, a former EDF electricity transformer nicknamed the 'Electric Fairy'. It was very important to them to renovate this industrial wasteland, the historical heritage that enabled Saint-Martin-de-Bavel to be one of the first towns in the region to be electrified at the beginning of the 20th century.

    In a few words, their distillery is: :
    - A responsible, traditional distillery :
    - Using a traditional still and distilling in small batches to ensure continuous improvement of the products and to adapt quickly to feedback from customers, friends and family!
    - Implementation of an environmental charter with examples of concrete actions.
    - Good products: their mantra is "taste above all". How do we achieve this? By selecting a combination of simple but daring spices and plants to enhance the flavour of the selected products.
    - Local, quality ingredients:
    - As a priority, use local products, if not suppliers selected for their values, the quality of their products and their commitment to a sustainable approach.
    - Long-term objective: grow the essentials themselves or gather them from the wild
    - Good humour, conviviality and fun
    - Fun and passion are at the heart of all their distillations
    - Learning workshops in a magical setting, where knowledge and exchange can take place.

    We also offer on-site sales and a range of workshop formats:
    Gin School - 4h30 - "The experience for gin lovers, total immersion".
    - Discover the history of gin and distillation techniques
    - Taste different gins to understand their subtleties
    - Create your own gin recipe by choosing spices and herbs
    - Distillation using a traditional mini-alambic from your own bottle
    - Enjoy a snack of local produce

    You'll leave with your own gin!

    Gin Discovery - 1h - "Sublime tasting

    - Learn the rules for tasting a spirit
    - Discover how to pair gin with food
    - Tasting of different gins to understand the subtleties of each type, including the house gins.

    You'll leave knowing all the secrets of the perfect gin.
  • Spoken languages
    • Italian
    • German
    • English
    • French
Services
  • Accessibility
    • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
    • Reserved space 330 cm wide < 100 m from the site
    • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
    • Site, building totally accessible
    • Possibility of drop-off in front of the site
  • Activities
    • Discovery
    • Crafts
  • Equipment
    • Meeting room
    • Car park
    • Free car park
  • Services
    • Pets welcome
    • Wi-fi
    • Booking of general amenities
    • Guided tours
    • Online shop
    • Free WiFi access
Rates
Payment methods
  • Bank/credit card
  • Cash
  • Rates
    Prices not available.
Openings
Openings
  • All year 2024
    Open On Wednesday, On Thursday, On Friday, On Saturday, On Sunday
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