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Andrew Heald

Who are you and what do you do? Tell us about yourself… 

I’m Andrew the founder of Fishers Gin. I started Fishers in 2016 as I wanted to create a drink that encapsulates everything I love about the Suffolk Coast. We recently opened a new distillery by the sea in Aldeburgh which I run day to day with our head distiller Ben. I try to be involved with every aspect of the business but the distillery, growing and sourcing of botanicals is what interests me most. 

What’s the best thing about your job? 

The best thing about my job is working in a part of the country that inspires me and spending ample time outdoors. We are very lucky to based by the sea with the Alde and Ore estuary just behind us where we are developing our own botanical farming operation. 

You can teleport to any bar in the world, where are you going? 

At the moment I would love to be transported to the bar at the Guinness brewery in Dublin. Due to some travelling and subsequent lockdown, I haven’t had a pint of beer for over five weeks. I’ve never set foot in Ireland and adore Guinness. 

Where’s your favourite city for bar-hopping? 

Barcelona. I’ve only been once but the Spanish seem to have mastered the idea of something that combines a pub, bar and cafe. The non-existent alcohol duty combined with endless snacks lends itself to hopping. 

What’s your idea of a party? 

One that starts early and finishes early. I love day time drinking and hate losing a night of sleep. Midday to midnight would be perfect. 

Who in the industry would you love to rock up to the bar next to you? 

Johnnie Walker. Although interestingly he was a teetotaller... 

What is your desert island bottle? 

A very old Talisker Whisky which I think would taste especially good with the sound of the sea and a salty breeze.

What’s your failsafe cocktail? 

Whisky and soda water which I find both refreshing and nostalgic. It always reminds me of summer evenings at my grandparent's house in Suffolk.

What is your hangover cure? 

A long brisk walk, maybe finishing at a pub for a cold pint of beer depending on how desperate the situation is.


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