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PitWheel Distillery
A family-run small batch gin distillery

When setting the business up we wanted something that we could identify with, something recognisable we could think, yeah that’s us, our home, the area’s heritage and it wasn’t long before the emblem of a pit wheel stood out.

Driving through the local area we fell upon many mining references: open ground where the headstocks and colliery buildings once stood, now just memories for the older villagers to relay their stories. Each of the mining villages around us has its own identity symbolised by their wheel with a bit of history attached.

The pit wheel imagery we use replicates the Wingate monument standing proud with its own story and individuality, the very story we wanted for our product.

We were married during the miners’ strike of the 1980s and can remember the hardship and the way people came together in the face of adversity. Even though we were not part of the industry ourselves, we were part of the wider community: friends, relatives and neighbours all connecting us.

The history of each platformed pit wheel, reminds us of community spirit; good times filled with good people so we wanted the pit wheel to keep turning and our gin to continue the conversation and keeping our history alive.

Contact details

PitWheel Distillery Ltd
County Durham TS28 5PE