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11th October 2014

Bath Ales has the spirit for success

West Country brewer Bath Ales has just unveiled an exciting new addition to its Sulis Collection – Gem Aqua Vitae.

A limited edition English Single Malt Spirit, the new product offers something truly unique as the producer continues to push boundaries and challenge customers’ expectations.

Gem Aqua Vitae is made using the finest floor malted barley using expert brewing techniques. At 42% VOL it is the strongest product that Bath Ales has ever sold.

Distilled in collaboration with The English Spirit Distillery, the spirit is made using wort – the product of the ‘mashing’ process that starts every brew.

After extracting the wort, Bath Ales then sent it to The English Spirit Distillery where it has been expertly distilled in copper pots under the watchful eye of master whisky makers.

Distilled five times, the end result is a delicious malty liquid with great depth of flavour.

Roger Jones, executive chairman at Bath Ales, said: “We launched the Sulis Collection – our range of premium whisky beers – at Christmas time last year and they were very well received. This year we wanted to take things one step further and create our first ever spirit.

“We’re very proud of the finished result as we feel this is something very special indeed. With the launch of Beerd brewery last year – our experimental craft beer brewery – and now this, we’re leading the field in innovation and aim to keep surprising and delighting our customers.”

A great aperitif or night cap, Gem Aqua Vitae  is smooth and light with flavours of clove, liquorice and vanilla, an aroma of honeysuckle and silk-coated finish

The spirit is a limited edition with just over 100 bottles for sale. It is sold in 50cl bottles retailing at £39, available in the Bath Ales brewery shop.



For more information about Bath Ales, please contact Simon Russell at Inside Media on or 01179 066 519/07879 402 145.


About Bath Ales:

Based between Bath and Bristol, Bath Ales is an independent brewery established in 1995 which uses traditional brewing techniques with cutting-edge technology.   The founders come from a brewing background and combine a range of skills with a shared passion for all styles of beer.


The business currently produces just over 20,000 brewer’s barrels annually and has had its own bottling plant since 2007.  Sustained investment plans will see the brewery continue to increase production volumes. Bath Ales also has an on-site brewery shop.


Bath Ales now operate 12 sites across the South West – two inside Colston Hall, The Hare on the Hill, The Hop Pole, The Salamander, The Swan, The Wellington, Beerd, The Grapes a little bit further afield in Oxford, and three Graze, Brasserie & Chophouse sites in Bath, Bristol and Cirencester. The latest flagship Graze in Bath also features a fully functional microbrewery.


The Bath Ales range of beers includes Gem, Barnsey, Dark Side, Wild Hare, Special Pale Ale and Ginger Hare.