Local demand is growing and export potential materializing
Gin production is emerging as a promising local industry. Four distilleries have opened last years.
Jun, a new craft gin distillery, was opened by Chadi Naccour and his wife Maya Khattar, last June in Rechmaya, Mount Lebanon.
‘Gata’ gin which is being produced after two years of research by Colonel Beer, is now available in the market. Colonel Beer, a craft beer brewery in Batroun, was founded by Jamil Haddad in 2012. Gata was awarded as ‘Best New Product 2018’ by Lebanon Opportunities.
The Three Brothers bathtub Gin has also come to market in July. Riachi Winery and Distillery started producing Junipium artisanal dry gin in Khenchara in September.
“Gin is gaining traction as a trend and has locally a lot of potential and growth,” said Khattar, Co-founder of Jun.
Imports of gin have more than doubled since 2015, reaching $1.7 million, according to Customs figures.