Dutch courage: A small Gin Distillery from Africa makes a dent on the international gin scene
October 9, 2022

Dutch courage: A small Gin Distillery from Africa makes a dent on the international gin scene

A dusty and well-worn dirt track, somewhere on the fringes of the otherwise endless and arid Karoo region in South Africa, leads to an oasis of indescribeable beauty.  Close to the tiny village of De Wet, but not too far from the major highway between Cape Town and Johannesburg, this is the home of Six Dogs Distillery, one of South Africa’s most renowned boutique gin distilleries.

Arrive at the farm where the Distillery is situated and be prepared for an unusual welcome: six canines – four large and gentle Great Danes and two smaller dogs – all demanding your attention, which is inevitably drawn to the circle of mountains and the line of trees that surround this  perfect little valley.  They will accompany you too to the stoep or verandah area where you will be able to take in the spectacular views while sipping on a range of delicate hand-crafted gins.

“Because we could” is the obvious answer from Charles Bryant, Master Distiller and one of the original founders of Six Dogs, when you ask why this former capital markets trader and serial entrepreneur turned his hand to perfecting the art of gin distillation.  But that simple answer belies a fascinating story of how a business born in a shed on the farm where the dogs sleep (hence the name) only seven years ago spawned one of the most well known gin brands in South Africa and one that now has a presence in some thirty countries around the world.

Acknowledging that the then booming craft gin trend in the UK and Europe spurred his interest, Charles explains that the natural and unusual flora to be found in the Karoo area provided the opportunity to create something quite unique.  Armed only with an adventurous spirit and a makeshift still constructed out of an old copper geyser found lying around the farm, he set about distilling his first batch of gin – in the dogs’ shed! 

There followed a period of two years during which Charles learnt everything he could about gin, while also roping in to the fledgling business his brother Glenn and great friend Luigi Marucchi.  Following something in the region of 187 iterations, the first gin – aptly named Six Dogs Karoo Gin – was created. 

A delicate and balanced gin in the London Dry tradition, Karoo Gin incorporates the likes of wild lavender – foraged from the surrounding area – and the delicate blossom of the harsh Karoo Thorn tree along with a range of other botanicals that include lime, mandarin and home-grown lemon buchu, also native to the area.

“Despite, or perhaps because of, our humble origins in a shed where the dogs sleep, we wanted to create a gin that would be able to compete with the very best in the world”, says Charles. “What sets our gin apart is the range of botanicals that we have access to in this special part of the world, including those that are foraged or grown by ourselves or by our neighbours, and the purest mountain water that we are the first to draw”.  

While Charles was hard at work doing his research, developing his product, and testing it against the best gins that the world had to offer, a new Distillery was built on the farm and a gleaming copper still installed, all under the watchful eye of Luigi.  At the same time the necessary liquor distribution license applications were duly processed by the relevant authorities.

When the Karoo Gin was launched towards the end of 2016, it was the founders’ intention that this would be the brand’s sole product, for which it was expected that the Distillery would be more than adequate in terms of production capacity.  A thirst for innovation, however, led over the ensuing years to the development of a range of other Gins, which, when coupled with the brand’s unexpected success, necessitated the establishment of a second distillery which is today managed by Luigi in his home town of George. 

Charles explains that while the flagship Karoo Gin has earned a loyal and growing following of admirers amongst the world’s gin-loving community, the brand’s big break came with the introduction of its second gin – simply named Six Dogs Blue Gin – in 2017.  Amongst the very first of its kind in the world, this amazing naturally blue-coloured gin incorporates the blue pea flower, which not only gives the gin its striking colour, but which also causes the Gin to change colour to a light pink when combined with tonic!

“The blue pea flower – an antioxidant and alleged aphrodisiac in traditional eastern medicine - is truly an amazing flower that will react to the pH level of any mixer by changing colour.  It’s easy to see why we call it our ‘party gin’, but in fact the true magic comes from the addition of home-grown and freshly harvested rose pelargonium that gives the gin much of its lightness, softness and smoothness and it is these qualitites that somehow took the local market by storm and which seem to appeal also to a much wider international audience,”he says. 

Today the range consists, in addition to the Karoo and Blue gins, of a further three gins.  The first of these is the Six Dogs Pinotage Stained Gin that employs a highly innovative technique of extracting the colour and flavour of this quintessential South African grape cultivar to create a deeply layered gin with hints of cognac, port, sherry or a good red wine – the perfect winter or after-dinner gin.  

By contrast, the Six Dogs Honey Lime Gin, with its refreshing mouthfeel that deliberately sets the tanginess of the lime against the subtle sweetness of the honey, has a delightful spring or summer feel about it and just might be the best way to start an evening.  Interestingly, the honey in this gin comes from bees that have been rescued from stressful urban areas and relocated to hives on the farm.

Most recently, the company added the Six Dogs Blue Light Gin to its range, in a nod to a growing consumer interest in lower alcohol strength products.  While sharing many of the characteristics of the Blue Gin, the botanicals in this product have been enhanced to ensure a full-flavour gin, despite an alcohol level of 24% relative to the normal 43%, that will completely satisfy the “sober curious” drinker.

With their distinctive bottle, beautifully designed labels and amazing packaging it is easy to see why each of the gins in the Six Dogs range will stand out on a bar counter or on the shelves of any liquor retail outlet.  But as Charles’ brother Glenn, responsible for the sales and marketing function, explains, the success of the brand is as much a function of the passion and hard work of the team of Six Dogs employees and associates as it is the quality of the gins themselves.

“When we launched our first gin, not one of us had any background or experience in the liquor industry and we had to learn the hard way, by pounding the streets, knocking on doors, slowly building an online and social media presence, and always seeking the advice and assistance of the people in the trade,” he says. “In hindsight this proved to be a great strategy as it underscored the importance of relationship-building, which today is one of the key values of our brand, along with quality, innovation and passion.”

By contrast, the Six Dogs Honey Lime Gin, with its refreshing mouthfeel that deliberately sets the tanginess of the lime against the subtle sweetness of the honey, has a delightful spring or summer feel about it and just might be the best way to start an evening.  Interestingly, the honey in this gin comes from bees that have been rescued from stressful urban areas and relocated to hives on the farm.

Most recently, the company added the Six Dogs Blue Light Gin to its range, in a nod to a growing consumer interest in lower alcohol strength products.  While sharing many of the characteristics of the Blue Gin, the botanicals in this product have been enhanced to ensure a full-flavour gin, despite an alcohol level of 24% relative to the normal 43%, that will completely satisfy the “sober curious” drinker.

With their distinctive bottle, beautifully designed labels and amazing packaging it is easy to see why each of the gins in the Six Dogs range will stand out on a bar counter or on the shelves of any liquor retail outlet.  But as Charles’ brother Glenn, responsible for the sales and marketing function, explains, the success of the brand is as much a function of the passion and hard work of the team of Six Dogs employees and associates as it is the quality of the gins themselves.

“When we launched our first gin, not one of us had any background or experience in the liquor industry and we had to learn the hard way, by pounding the streets, knocking on doors, slowly building an online and social media presence, and always seeking the advice and assistance of the people in the trade,” he says. “In hindsight this proved to be a great strategy as it underscored the importance of relationship-building, which today is one of the key values of our brand, along with quality, innovation and passion.”

By contrast, the Six Dogs Honey Lime Gin, with its refreshing mouthfeel that deliberately sets the tanginess of the lime against the subtle sweetness of the honey, has a delightful spring or summer feel about it and just might be the best way to start an evening.  Interestingly, the honey in this gin comes from bees that have been rescued from stressful urban areas and relocated to hives on the farm.

Most recently, the company added the Six Dogs Blue Light Gin to its range, in a nod to a growing consumer interest in lower alcohol strength products.  While sharing many of the characteristics of the Blue Gin, the botanicals in this product have been enhanced to ensure a full-flavour gin, despite an alcohol level of 24% relative to the normal 43%, that will completely satisfy the “sober curious” drinker.

With their distinctive bottle, beautifully designed labels and amazing packaging it is easy to see why each of the gins in the Six Dogs range will stand out on a bar counter or on the shelves of any liquor retail outlet.  But as Charles’ brother Glenn, responsible for the sales and marketing function, explains, the success of the brand is as much a function of the passion and hard work of the team of Six Dogs employees and associates as it is the quality of the gins themselves.

“When we launched our first gin, not one of us had any background or experience in the liquor industry and we had to learn the hard way, by pounding the streets, knocking on doors, slowly building an online and social media presence, and always seeking the advice and assistance of the people in the trade,” he says. “In hindsight this proved to be a great strategy as it underscored the importance of relationship-building, which today is one of the key values of our brand, along with quality, innovation and passion.”

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October 9, 2022

Dutch courage: A small Gin Distillery from Africa makes a dent on the international gin scene

A dusty and well-worn dirt track, somewhere on the fringes of the otherwise endless and arid Karoo region in South Africa, leads to an oasis of indescribeable beauty.  Close to the tiny village of De Wet, but not too far from the major highway between Cape Town and Johannesburg, this is the home of Six Dogs Distillery, one of South Africa’s most renowned boutique gin distilleries.

Arrive at the farm where the Distillery is situated and be prepared for an unusual welcome: six canines – four large and gentle Great Danes and two smaller dogs – all demanding your attention, which is inevitably drawn to the circle of mountains and the line of trees that surround this  perfect little valley.  They will accompany you too to the stoep or verandah area where you will be able to take in the spectacular views while sipping on a range of delicate hand-crafted gins.

“Because we could” is the obvious answer from Charles Bryant, Master Distiller and one of the original founders of Six Dogs, when you ask why this former capital markets trader and serial entrepreneur turned his hand to perfecting the art of gin distillation.  But that simple answer belies a fascinating story of how a business born in a shed on the farm where the dogs sleep (hence the name) only seven years ago spawned one of the most well known gin brands in South Africa and one that now has a presence in some thirty countries around the world.

Acknowledging that the then booming craft gin trend in the UK and Europe spurred his interest, Charles explains that the natural and unusual flora to be found in the Karoo area provided the opportunity to create something quite unique.  Armed only with an adventurous spirit and a makeshift still constructed out of an old copper geyser found lying around the farm, he set about distilling his first batch of gin – in the dogs’ shed! 

There followed a period of two years during which Charles learnt everything he could about gin, while also roping in to the fledgling business his brother Glenn and great friend Luigi Marucchi.  Following something in the region of 187 iterations, the first gin – aptly named Six Dogs Karoo Gin – was created. 

A delicate and balanced gin in the London Dry tradition, Karoo Gin incorporates the likes of wild lavender – foraged from the surrounding area – and the delicate blossom of the harsh Karoo Thorn tree along with a range of other botanicals that include lime, mandarin and home-grown lemon buchu, also native to the area.

“Despite, or perhaps because of, our humble origins in a shed where the dogs sleep, we wanted to create a gin that would be able to compete with the very best in the world”, says Charles. “What sets our gin apart is the range of botanicals that we have access to in this special part of the world, including those that are foraged or grown by ourselves or by our neighbours, and the purest mountain water that we are the first to draw”.  

While Charles was hard at work doing his research, developing his product, and testing it against the best gins that the world had to offer, a new Distillery was built on the farm and a gleaming copper still installed, all under the watchful eye of Luigi.  At the same time the necessary liquor distribution license applications were duly processed by the relevant authorities.

When the Karoo Gin was launched towards the end of 2016, it was the founders’ intention that this would be the brand’s sole product, for which it was expected that the Distillery would be more than adequate in terms of production capacity.  A thirst for innovation, however, led over the ensuing years to the development of a range of other Gins, which, when coupled with the brand’s unexpected success, necessitated the establishment of a second distillery which is today managed by Luigi in his home town of George. 

Charles explains that while the flagship Karoo Gin has earned a loyal and growing following of admirers amongst the world’s gin-loving community, the brand’s big break came with the introduction of its second gin – simply named Six Dogs Blue Gin – in 2017.  Amongst the very first of its kind in the world, this amazing naturally blue-coloured gin incorporates the blue pea flower, which not only gives the gin its striking colour, but which also causes the Gin to change colour to a light pink when combined with tonic!

“The blue pea flower – an antioxidant and alleged aphrodisiac in traditional eastern medicine - is truly an amazing flower that will react to the pH level of any mixer by changing colour.  It’s easy to see why we call it our ‘party gin’, but in fact the true magic comes from the addition of home-grown and freshly harvested rose pelargonium that gives the gin much of its lightness, softness and smoothness and it is these qualitites that somehow took the local market by storm and which seem to appeal also to a much wider international audience,”he says. 

Today the range consists, in addition to the Karoo and Blue gins, of a further three gins.  The first of these is the Six Dogs Pinotage Stained Gin that employs a highly innovative technique of extracting the colour and flavour of this quintessential South African grape cultivar to create a deeply layered gin with hints of cognac, port, sherry or a good red wine – the perfect winter or after-dinner gin.  

By contrast, the Six Dogs Honey Lime Gin, with its refreshing mouthfeel that deliberately sets the tanginess of the lime against the subtle sweetness of the honey, has a delightful spring or summer feel about it and just might be the best way to start an evening.  Interestingly, the honey in this gin comes from bees that have been rescued from stressful urban areas and relocated to hives on the farm.

Most recently, the company added the Six Dogs Blue Light Gin to its range, in a nod to a growing consumer interest in lower alcohol strength products.  While sharing many of the characteristics of the Blue Gin, the botanicals in this product have been enhanced to ensure a full-flavour gin, despite an alcohol level of 24% relative to the normal 43%, that will completely satisfy the “sober curious” drinker.

With their distinctive bottle, beautifully designed labels and amazing packaging it is easy to see why each of the gins in the Six Dogs range will stand out on a bar counter or on the shelves of any liquor retail outlet.  But as Charles’ brother Glenn, responsible for the sales and marketing function, explains, the success of the brand is as much a function of the passion and hard work of the team of Six Dogs employees and associates as it is the quality of the gins themselves.

“When we launched our first gin, not one of us had any background or experience in the liquor industry and we had to learn the hard way, by pounding the streets, knocking on doors, slowly building an online and social media presence, and always seeking the advice and assistance of the people in the trade,” he says. “In hindsight this proved to be a great strategy as it underscored the importance of relationship-building, which today is one of the key values of our brand, along with quality, innovation and passion.”

Of course the COVID pandemic took its toll on Six Dogs Distillery as it did on so many businesses in the hopitality sector, particularly in view of the total ban on alcohol sales in South Africa over much of the period.  Never ones to simply wait for things to improve, the team at Six Dogs decided to set up an associate business in The Netherands – at the height of the pandemic - in order to extend the brand’s footprint in Europe.  This is proving to be a sucessful strategy:

“In the space of only a few months, and from a zero base, we have seen The Netherlands grow from non-existent in terms of our global sales to our second best market after South Africa itself.  Again, this is a factor of our actually being on the ground to build the brand, while having warehouse facilities in the country means that we can guarantee a regular supply without having to depend upon the lengthy process of shipping  product from South Africa,” says Glenn.  “We are much looking forward to using The Netherlands as a base from which to grow our pack of Six Dogs fans across Europe!”

It's not all plain sailing.  The brand must compete against literally thousands of other craft gins from all over the world for shelf space, and in many instances competitor brands are far more established and have way deeper pockets when it comes to marketing expenditure.  But this seems only to drive the team at Six Dogs to ever greater heights:

“I have complete confidence in the quality of our products, the design of the packaging and most of all the passion of our team.  Yes, it’s tough out there, but we are lucky to have so many great supporters in the trade and amongst our customer base, and on top of all of that, we’re having the time of our lives.  How can we not succeed?”, says Glenn.

From a dog shed on a farm in Africa to the world, the team at Six Dogs lives by the brand’s motto: “born to explore”.  Long may the journey of exploration continue!

October 9, 2022

Dutch courage: A small Gin Distillery from Africa makes a dent on the international gin scene

A dusty and well-worn dirt track, somewhere on the fringes of the otherwise endless and arid Karoo region in South Africa, leads to an oasis of indescribeable beauty.  Close to the tiny village of De Wet, but not too far from the major highway between Cape Town and Johannesburg, this is the home of Six Dogs Distillery, one of South Africa’s most renowned boutique gin distilleries.

Arrive at the farm where the Distillery is situated and be prepared for an unusual welcome: six canines – four large and gentle Great Danes and two smaller dogs – all demanding your attention, which is inevitably drawn to the circle of mountains and the line of trees that surround this  perfect little valley.  They will accompany you too to the stoep or verandah area where you will be able to take in the spectacular views while sipping on a range of delicate hand-crafted gins.

“Because we could” is the obvious answer from Charles Bryant, Master Distiller and one of the original founders of Six Dogs, when you ask why this former capital markets trader and serial entrepreneur turned his hand to perfecting the art of gin distillation.  But that simple answer belies a fascinating story of how a business born in a shed on the farm where the dogs sleep (hence the name) only seven years ago spawned one of the most well known gin brands in South Africa and one that now has a presence in some thirty countries around the world.

Acknowledging that the then booming craft gin trend in the UK and Europe spurred his interest, Charles explains that the natural and unusual flora to be found in the Karoo area provided the opportunity to create something quite unique.  Armed only with an adventurous spirit and a makeshift still constructed out of an old copper geyser found lying around the farm, he set about distilling his first batch of gin – in the dogs’ shed! 

There followed a period of two years during which Charles learnt everything he could about gin, while also roping in to the fledgling business his brother Glenn and great friend Luigi Marucchi.  Following something in the region of 187 iterations, the first gin – aptly named Six Dogs Karoo Gin – was created. 

A delicate and balanced gin in the London Dry tradition, Karoo Gin incorporates the likes of wild lavender – foraged from the surrounding area – and the delicate blossom of the harsh Karoo Thorn tree along with a range of other botanicals that include lime, mandarin and home-grown lemon buchu, also native to the area.

“Despite, or perhaps because of, our humble origins in a shed where the dogs sleep, we wanted to create a gin that would be able to compete with the very best in the world”, says Charles. “What sets our gin apart is the range of botanicals that we have access to in this special part of the world, including those that are foraged or grown by ourselves or by our neighbours, and the purest mountain water that we are the first to draw”.  

While Charles was hard at work doing his research, developing his product, and testing it against the best gins that the world had to offer, a new Distillery was built on the farm and a gleaming copper still installed, all under the watchful eye of Luigi.  At the same time the necessary liquor distribution license applications were duly processed by the relevant authorities.

When the Karoo Gin was launched towards the end of 2016, it was the founders’ intention that this would be the brand’s sole product, for which it was expected that the Distillery would be more than adequate in terms of production capacity.  A thirst for innovation, however, led over the ensuing years to the development of a range of other Gins, which, when coupled with the brand’s unexpected success, necessitated the establishment of a second distillery which is today managed by Luigi in his home town of George. 

Charles explains that while the flagship Karoo Gin has earned a loyal and growing following of admirers amongst the world’s gin-loving community, the brand’s big break came with the introduction of its second gin – simply named Six Dogs Blue Gin – in 2017.  Amongst the very first of its kind in the world, this amazing naturally blue-coloured gin incorporates the blue pea flower, which not only gives the gin its striking colour, but which also causes the Gin to change colour to a light pink when combined with tonic!

“The blue pea flower – an antioxidant and alleged aphrodisiac in traditional eastern medicine - is truly an amazing flower that will react to the pH level of any mixer by changing colour.  It’s easy to see why we call it our ‘party gin’, but in fact the true magic comes from the addition of home-grown and freshly harvested rose pelargonium that gives the gin much of its lightness, softness and smoothness and it is these qualitites that somehow took the local market by storm and which seem to appeal also to a much wider international audience,”he says. 

Today the range consists, in addition to the Karoo and Blue gins, of a further three gins.  The first of these is the Six Dogs Pinotage Stained Gin that employs a highly innovative technique of extracting the colour and flavour of this quintessential South African grape cultivar to create a deeply layered gin with hints of cognac, port, sherry or a good red wine – the perfect winter or after-dinner gin.  

By contrast, the Six Dogs Honey Lime Gin, with its refreshing mouthfeel that deliberately sets the tanginess of the lime against the subtle sweetness of the honey, has a delightful spring or summer feel about it and just might be the best way to start an evening.  Interestingly, the honey in this gin comes from bees that have been rescued from stressful urban areas and relocated to hives on the farm.

Most recently, the company added the Six Dogs Blue Light Gin to its range, in a nod to a growing consumer interest in lower alcohol strength products.  While sharing many of the characteristics of the Blue Gin, the botanicals in this product have been enhanced to ensure a full-flavour gin, despite an alcohol level of 24% relative to the normal 43%, that will completely satisfy the “sober curious” drinker.

With their distinctive bottle, beautifully designed labels and amazing packaging it is easy to see why each of the gins in the Six Dogs range will stand out on a bar counter or on the shelves of any liquor retail outlet.  But as Charles’ brother Glenn, responsible for the sales and marketing function, explains, the success of the brand is as much a function of the passion and hard work of the team of Six Dogs employees and associates as it is the quality of the gins themselves.

“When we launched our first gin, not one of us had any background or experience in the liquor industry and we had to learn the hard way, by pounding the streets, knocking on doors, slowly building an online and social media presence, and always seeking the advice and assistance of the people in the trade,” he says. “In hindsight this proved to be a great strategy as it underscored the importance of relationship-building, which today is one of the key values of our brand, along with quality, innovation and passion.”

Of course the COVID pandemic took its toll on Six Dogs Distillery as it did on so many businesses in the hopitality sector, particularly in view of the total ban on alcohol sales in South Africa over much of the period.  Never ones to simply wait for things to improve, the team at Six Dogs decided to set up an associate business in The Netherands – at the height of the pandemic - in order to extend the brand’s footprint in Europe.  This is proving to be a sucessful strategy:

“In the space of only a few months, and from a zero base, we have seen The Netherlands grow from non-existent in terms of our global sales to our second best market after South Africa itself.  Again, this is a factor of our actually being on the ground to build the brand, while having warehouse facilities in the country means that we can guarantee a regular supply without having to depend upon the lengthy process of shipping  product from South Africa,” says Glenn.  “We are much looking forward to using The Netherlands as a base from which to grow our pack of Six Dogs fans across Europe!”

It's not all plain sailing.  The brand must compete against literally thousands of other craft gins from all over the world for shelf space, and in many instances competitor brands are far more established and have way deeper pockets when it comes to marketing expenditure.  But this seems only to drive the team at Six Dogs to ever greater heights:

“I have complete confidence in the quality of our products, the design of the packaging and most of all the passion of our team.  Yes, it’s tough out there, but we are lucky to have so many great supporters in the trade and amongst our customer base, and on top of all of that, we’re having the time of our lives.  How can we not succeed?”, says Glenn.

From a dog shed on a farm in Africa to the world, the team at Six Dogs lives by the brand’s motto: “born to explore”.  Long may the journey of exploration continue!

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A dusty and well-worn dirt track, somewhere on the fringes of the otherwise endless and arid Karoo region in South Africa, leads to an oasis of indescribeable beauty.  Close to the tiny village of De Wet, but not too far from the major highway between Cape Town and Johannesburg, this is the home of Six Dogs Distillery, one of South Africa’s most renowned boutique gin distilleries.

Arrive at the farm where the Distillery is situated and be prepared for an unusual welcome: six canines – four large and gentle Great Danes and two smaller dogs – all demanding your attention, which is inevitably drawn to the circle of mountains and the line of trees that surround this  perfect little valley.  They will accompany you too to the stoep or verandah area where you will be able to take in the spectacular views while sipping on a range of delicate hand-crafted gins.

“Because we could” is the obvious answer from Charles Bryant, Master Distiller and one of the original founders of Six Dogs, when you ask why this former capital markets trader and serial entrepreneur turned his hand to perfecting the art of gin distillation.  But that simple answer belies a fascinating story of how a business born in a shed on the farm where the dogs sleep (hence the name) only seven years ago spawned one of the most well known gin brands in South Africa and one that now has a presence in some thirty countries around the world.

Acknowledging that the then booming craft gin trend in the UK and Europe spurred his interest, Charles explains that the natural and unusual flora to be found in the Karoo area provided the opportunity to create something quite unique.  Armed only with an adventurous spirit and a makeshift still constructed out of an old copper geyser found lying around the farm, he set about distilling his first batch of gin – in the dogs’ shed! 

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There followed a period of two years during which Charles learnt everything he could about gin, while also roping in to the fledgling business his brother Glenn and great friend Luigi Marucchi.  Following something in the region of 187 iterations, the first gin – aptly named Six Dogs Karoo Gin – was created. 

A delicate and balanced gin in the London Dry tradition, Karoo Gin incorporates the likes of wild lavender – foraged from the surrounding area – and the delicate blossom of the harsh Karoo Thorn tree along with a range of other botanicals that include lime, mandarin and home-grown lemon buchu, also native to the area.

“Despite, or perhaps because of, our humble origins in a shed where the dogs sleep, we wanted to create a gin that would be able to compete with the very best in the world”, says Charles. “What sets our gin apart is the range of botanicals that we have access to in this special part of the world, including those that are foraged or grown by ourselves or by our neighbours, and the purest mountain water that we are the first to draw”.  

While Charles was hard at work doing his research, developing his product, and testing it against the best gins that the world had to offer, a new Distillery was built on the farm and a gleaming copper still installed, all under the watchful eye of Luigi.  At the same time the necessary liquor distribution license applications were duly processed by the relevant authorities.

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When the Karoo Gin was launched towards the end of 2016, it was the founders’ intention that this would be the brand’s sole product, for which it was expected that the Distillery would be more than adequate in terms of production capacity.  A thirst for innovation, however, led over the ensuing years to the development of a range of other Gins, which, when coupled with the brand’s unexpected success, necessitated the establishment of a second distillery which is today managed by Luigi in his home town of George. 

Charles explains that while the flagship Karoo Gin has earned a loyal and growing following of admirers amongst the world’s gin-loving community, the brand’s big break came with the introduction of its second gin – simply named Six Dogs Blue Gin – in 2017.  Amongst the very first of its kind in the world, this amazing naturally blue-coloured gin incorporates the blue pea flower, which not only gives the gin its striking colour, but which also causes the Gin to change colour to a light pink when combined with tonic!

“The blue pea flower – an antioxidant and alleged aphrodisiac in traditional eastern medicine - is truly an amazing flower that will react to the pH level of any mixer by changing colour.  It’s easy to see why we call it our ‘party gin’, but in fact the true magic comes from the addition of home-grown and freshly harvested rose pelargonium that gives the gin much of its lightness, softness and smoothness and it is these qualitites that somehow took the local market by storm and which seem to appeal also to a much wider international audience,”he says. 

Today the range consists, in addition to the Karoo and Blue gins, of a further three gins.  The first of these is the Six Dogs Pinotage Stained Gin that employs a highly innovative technique of extracting the colour and flavour of this quintessential South African grape cultivar to create a deeply layered gin with hints of cognac, port, sherry or a good red wine – the perfect winter or after-dinner gin.  

By contrast, the Six Dogs Honey Lime Gin, with its refreshing mouthfeel that deliberately sets the tanginess of the lime against the subtle sweetness of the honey, has a delightful spring or summer feel about it and just might be the best way to start an evening.  Interestingly, the honey in this gin comes from bees that have been rescued from stressful urban areas and relocated to hives on the farm.

Most recently, the company added the Six Dogs Blue Light Gin to its range, in a nod to a growing consumer interest in lower alcohol strength products.  While sharing many of the characteristics of the Blue Gin, the botanicals in this product have been enhanced to ensure a full-flavour gin, despite an alcohol level of 24% relative to the normal 43%, that will completely satisfy the “sober curious” drinker.

With their distinctive bottle, beautifully designed labels and amazing packaging it is easy to see why each of the gins in the Six Dogs range will stand out on a bar counter or on the shelves of any liquor retail outlet.  But as Charles’ brother Glenn, responsible for the sales and marketing function, explains, the success of the brand is as much a function of the passion and hard work of the team of Six Dogs employees and associates as it is the quality of the gins themselves.

“When we launched our first gin, not one of us had any background or experience in the liquor industry and we had to learn the hard way, by pounding the streets, knocking on doors, slowly building an online and social media presence, and always seeking the advice and assistance of the people in the trade,” he says. “In hindsight this proved to be a great strategy as it underscored the importance of relationship-building, which today is one of the key values of our brand, along with quality, innovation and passion.”

Of course the COVID pandemic took its toll on Six Dogs Distillery as it did on so many businesses in the hopitality sector, particularly in view of the total ban on alcohol sales in South Africa over much of the period.  Never ones to simply wait for things to improve, the team at Six Dogs decided to set up an associate business in The Netherands – at the height of the pandemic - in order to extend the brand’s footprint in Europe.  This is proving to be a sucessful strategy:

“In the space of only a few months, and from a zero base, we have seen The Netherlands grow from non-existent in terms of our global sales to our second best market after South Africa itself.  Again, this is a factor of our actually being on the ground to build the brand, while having warehouse facilities in the country means that we can guarantee a regular supply without having to depend upon the lengthy process of shipping  product from South Africa,” says Glenn.  “We are much looking forward to using The Netherlands as a base from which to grow our pack of Six Dogs fans across Europe!”

It's not all plain sailing.  The brand must compete against literally thousands of other craft gins from all over the world for shelf space, and in many instances competitor brands are far more established and have way deeper pockets when it comes to marketing expenditure.  But this seems only to drive the team at Six Dogs to ever greater heights:

“I have complete confidence in the quality of our products, the design of the packaging and most of all the passion of our team.  Yes, it’s tough out there, but we are lucky to have so many great supporters in the trade and amongst our customer base, and on top of all of that, we’re having the time of our lives.  How can we not succeed?”, says Glenn.

From a dog shed on a farm in Africa to the world, the team at Six Dogs lives by the brand’s motto: “born to explore”.  Long may the journey of exploration continue!

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A dusty and well-worn dirt track, somewhere on the fringes of the otherwise endless and arid Karoo region in South Africa, leads to an oasis of indescribeable beauty.  Close to the tiny village of De Wet, but not too far from the major highway between Cape Town and Johannesburg, this is the home of Six Dogs Distillery, one of South Africa’s most renowned boutique gin distilleries.

Arrive at the farm where the Distillery is situated and be prepared for an unusual welcome: six canines – four large and gentle Great Danes and two smaller dogs – all demanding your attention, which is inevitably drawn to the circle of mountains and the line of trees that surround this  perfect little valley.  They will accompany you too to the stoep or verandah area where you will be able to take in the spectacular views while sipping on a range of delicate hand-crafted gins.

“Because we could” is the obvious answer from Charles Bryant, Master Distiller and one of the original founders of Six Dogs, when you ask why this former capital markets trader and serial entrepreneur turned his hand to perfecting the art of gin distillation.  But that simple answer belies a fascinating story of how a business born in a shed on the farm where the dogs sleep (hence the name) only seven years ago spawned one of the most well known gin brands in South Africa and one that now has a presence in some thirty countries around the world.

Acknowledging that the then booming craft gin trend in the UK and Europe spurred his interest, Charles explains that the natural and unusual flora to be found in the Karoo area provided the opportunity to create something quite unique.  Armed only with an adventurous spirit and a makeshift still constructed out of an old copper geyser found lying around the farm, he set about distilling his first batch of gin – in the dogs’ shed! 

There followed a period of two years during which Charles learnt everything he could about gin, while also roping in to the fledgling business his brother Glenn and great friend Luigi Marucchi.  Following something in the region of 187 iterations, the first gin – aptly named Six Dogs Karoo Gin – was created. 

A delicate and balanced gin in the London Dry tradition, Karoo Gin incorporates the likes of wild lavender – foraged from the surrounding area – and the delicate blossom of the harsh Karoo Thorn tree along with a range of other botanicals that include lime, mandarin and home-grown lemon buchu, also native to the area.

“Despite, or perhaps because of, our humble origins in a shed where the dogs sleep, we wanted to create a gin that would be able to compete with the very best in the world”, says Charles. “What sets our gin apart is the range of botanicals that we have access to in this special part of the world, including those that are foraged or grown by ourselves or by our neighbours, and the purest mountain water that we are the first to draw”.  

While Charles was hard at work doing his research, developing his product, and testing it against the best gins that the world had to offer, a new Distillery was built on the farm and a gleaming copper still installed, all under the watchful eye of Luigi.  At the same time the necessary liquor distribution license applications were duly processed by the relevant authorities.

When the Karoo Gin was launched towards the end of 2016, it was the founders’ intention that this would be the brand’s sole product, for which it was expected that the Distillery would be more than adequate in terms of production capacity.  A thirst for innovation, however, led over the ensuing years to the development of a range of other Gins, which, when coupled with the brand’s unexpected success, necessitated the establishment of a second distillery which is today managed by Luigi in his home town of George. 

Charles explains that while the flagship Karoo Gin has earned a loyal and growing following of admirers amongst the world’s gin-loving community, the brand’s big break came with the introduction of its second gin – simply named Six Dogs Blue Gin – in 2017.  Amongst the very first of its kind in the world, this amazing naturally blue-coloured gin incorporates the blue pea flower, which not only gives the gin its striking colour, but which also causes the Gin to change colour to a light pink when combined with tonic!

“The blue pea flower – an antioxidant and alleged aphrodisiac in traditional eastern medicine - is truly an amazing flower that will react to the pH level of any mixer by changing colour.  It’s easy to see why we call it our ‘party gin’, but in fact the true magic comes from the addition of home-grown and freshly harvested rose pelargonium that gives the gin much of its lightness, softness and smoothness and it is these qualitites that somehow took the local market by storm and which seem to appeal also to a much wider international audience,”he says. 

Today the range consists, in addition to the Karoo and Blue gins, of a further three gins.  The first of these is the Six Dogs Pinotage Stained Gin that employs a highly innovative technique of extracting the colour and flavour of this quintessential South African grape cultivar to create a deeply layered gin with hints of cognac, port, sherry or a good red wine – the perfect winter or after-dinner gin.  

By contrast, the Six Dogs Honey Lime Gin, with its refreshing mouthfeel that deliberately sets the tanginess of the lime against the subtle sweetness of the honey, has a delightful spring or summer feel about it and just might be the best way to start an evening.  Interestingly, the honey in this gin comes from bees that have been rescued from stressful urban areas and relocated to hives on the farm.

Most recently, the company added the Six Dogs Blue Light Gin to its range, in a nod to a growing consumer interest in lower alcohol strength products.  While sharing many of the characteristics of the Blue Gin, the botanicals in this product have been enhanced to ensure a full-flavour gin, despite an alcohol level of 24% relative to the normal 43%, that will completely satisfy the “sober curious” drinker.

With their distinctive bottle, beautifully designed labels and amazing packaging it is easy to see why each of the gins in the Six Dogs range will stand out on a bar counter or on the shelves of any liquor retail outlet.  But as Charles’ brother Glenn, responsible for the sales and marketing function, explains, the success of the brand is as much a function of the passion and hard work of the team of Six Dogs employees and associates as it is the quality of the gins themselves.

“When we launched our first gin, not one of us had any background or experience in the liquor industry and we had to learn the hard way, by pounding the streets, knocking on doors, slowly building an online and social media presence, and always seeking the advice and assistance of the people in the trade,” he says. “In hindsight this proved to be a great strategy as it underscored the importance of relationship-building, which today is one of the key values of our brand, along with quality, innovation and passion.”

October 9, 2022

Dutch courage: A small Gin Distillery from Africa makes a dent on the international gin scene

A dusty and well-worn dirt track, somewhere on the fringes of the otherwise endless and arid Karoo region in South Africa, leads to an oasis of indescribeable beauty.  Close to the tiny village of De Wet, but not too far from the major highway between Cape Town and Johannesburg, this is the home of Six Dogs Distillery, one of South Africa’s most renowned boutique gin distilleries.

Arrive at the farm where the Distillery is situated and be prepared for an unusual welcome: six canines – four large and gentle Great Danes and two smaller dogs – all demanding your attention, which is inevitably drawn to the circle of mountains and the line of trees that surround this  perfect little valley.  They will accompany you too to the stoep or verandah area where you will be able to take in the spectacular views while sipping on a range of delicate hand-crafted gins.

“Because we could” is the obvious answer from Charles Bryant, Master Distiller and one of the original founders of Six Dogs, when you ask why this former capital markets trader and serial entrepreneur turned his hand to perfecting the art of gin distillation.  But that simple answer belies a fascinating story of how a business born in a shed on the farm where the dogs sleep (hence the name) only seven years ago spawned one of the most well known gin brands in South Africa and one that now has a presence in some thirty countries around the world.

Acknowledging that the then booming craft gin trend in the UK and Europe spurred his interest, Charles explains that the natural and unusual flora to be found in the Karoo area provided the opportunity to create something quite unique.  Armed only with an adventurous spirit and a makeshift still constructed out of an old copper geyser found lying around the farm, he set about distilling his first batch of gin – in the dogs’ shed! 

There followed a period of two years during which Charles learnt everything he could about gin, while also roping in to the fledgling business his brother Glenn and great friend Luigi Marucchi.  Following something in the region of 187 iterations, the first gin – aptly named Six Dogs Karoo Gin – was created. 

A delicate and balanced gin in the London Dry tradition, Karoo Gin incorporates the likes of wild lavender – foraged from the surrounding area – and the delicate blossom of the harsh Karoo Thorn tree along with a range of other botanicals that include lime, mandarin and home-grown lemon buchu, also native to the area.

“Despite, or perhaps because of, our humble origins in a shed where the dogs sleep, we wanted to create a gin that would be able to compete with the very best in the world”, says Charles. “What sets our gin apart is the range of botanicals that we have access to in this special part of the world, including those that are foraged or grown by ourselves or by our neighbours, and the purest mountain water that we are the first to draw”.  

While Charles was hard at work doing his research, developing his product, and testing it against the best gins that the world had to offer, a new Distillery was built on the farm and a gleaming copper still installed, all under the watchful eye of Luigi.  At the same time the necessary liquor distribution license applications were duly processed by the relevant authorities.

When the Karoo Gin was launched towards the end of 2016, it was the founders’ intention that this would be the brand’s sole product, for which it was expected that the Distillery would be more than adequate in terms of production capacity.  A thirst for innovation, however, led over the ensuing years to the development of a range of other Gins, which, when coupled with the brand’s unexpected success, necessitated the establishment of a second distillery which is today managed by Luigi in his home town of George. 

Charles explains that while the flagship Karoo Gin has earned a loyal and growing following of admirers amongst the world’s gin-loving community, the brand’s big break came with the introduction of its second gin – simply named Six Dogs Blue Gin – in 2017.  Amongst the very first of its kind in the world, this amazing naturally blue-coloured gin incorporates the blue pea flower, which not only gives the gin its striking colour, but which also causes the Gin to change colour to a light pink when combined with tonic!

“The blue pea flower – an antioxidant and alleged aphrodisiac in traditional eastern medicine - is truly an amazing flower that will react to the pH level of any mixer by changing colour.  It’s easy to see why we call it our ‘party gin’, but in fact the true magic comes from the addition of home-grown and freshly harvested rose pelargonium that gives the gin much of its lightness, softness and smoothness and it is these qualitites that somehow took the local market by storm and which seem to appeal also to a much wider international audience,”he says. 

Today the range consists, in addition to the Karoo and Blue gins, of a further three gins.  The first of these is the Six Dogs Pinotage Stained Gin that employs a highly innovative technique of extracting the colour and flavour of this quintessential South African grape cultivar to create a deeply layered gin with hints of cognac, port, sherry or a good red wine – the perfect winter or after-dinner gin.  

By contrast, the Six Dogs Honey Lime Gin, with its refreshing mouthfeel that deliberately sets the tanginess of the lime against the subtle sweetness of the honey, has a delightful spring or summer feel about it and just might be the best way to start an evening.  Interestingly, the honey in this gin comes from bees that have been rescued from stressful urban areas and relocated to hives on the farm.

Most recently, the company added the Six Dogs Blue Light Gin to its range, in a nod to a growing consumer interest in lower alcohol strength products.  While sharing many of the characteristics of the Blue Gin, the botanicals in this product have been enhanced to ensure a full-flavour gin, despite an alcohol level of 24% relative to the normal 43%, that will completely satisfy the “sober curious” drinker.

With their distinctive bottle, beautifully designed labels and amazing packaging it is easy to see why each of the gins in the Six Dogs range will stand out on a bar counter or on the shelves of any liquor retail outlet.  But as Charles’ brother Glenn, responsible for the sales and marketing function, explains, the success of the brand is as much a function of the passion and hard work of the team of Six Dogs employees and associates as it is the quality of the gins themselves.

“When we launched our first gin, not one of us had any background or experience in the liquor industry and we had to learn the hard way, by pounding the streets, knocking on doors, slowly building an online and social media presence, and always seeking the advice and assistance of the people in the trade,” he says. “In hindsight this proved to be a great strategy as it underscored the importance of relationship-building, which today is one of the key values of our brand, along with quality, innovation and passion.”

Of course the COVID pandemic took its toll on Six Dogs Distillery as it did on so many businesses in the hopitality sector, particularly in view of the total ban on alcohol sales in South Africa over much of the period.  Never ones to simply wait for things to improve, the team at Six Dogs decided to set up an associate business in The Netherands – at the height of the pandemic - in order to extend the brand’s footprint in Europe.  This is proving to be a sucessful strategy:

“In the space of only a few months, and from a zero base, we have seen The Netherlands grow from non-existent in terms of our global sales to our second best market after South Africa itself.  Again, this is a factor of our actually being on the ground to build the brand, while having warehouse facilities in the country means that we can guarantee a regular supply without having to depend upon the lengthy process of shipping  product from South Africa,” says Glenn.  “We are much looking forward to using The Netherlands as a base from which to grow our pack of Six Dogs fans across Europe!”

It's not all plain sailing.  The brand must compete against literally thousands of other craft gins from all over the world for shelf space, and in many instances competitor brands are far more established and have way deeper pockets when it comes to marketing expenditure.  But this seems only to drive the team at Six Dogs to ever greater heights:

“I have complete confidence in the quality of our products, the design of the packaging and most of all the passion of our team.  Yes, it’s tough out there, but we are lucky to have so many great supporters in the trade and amongst our customer base, and on top of all of that, we’re having the time of our lives.  How can we not succeed?”, says Glenn.

From a dog shed on a farm in Africa to the world, the team at Six Dogs lives by the brand’s motto: “born to explore”.  Long may the journey of exploration continue!

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A dusty and well-worn dirt track, somewhere on the fringes of the otherwise endless and arid Karoo region in South Africa, leads to an oasis of indescribeable beauty.  Close to the tiny village of De Wet, but not too far from the major highway between Cape Town and Johannesburg, this is the home of Six Dogs Distillery, one of South Africa’s most renowned boutique gin distilleries.

Arrive at the farm where the Distillery is situated and be prepared for an unusual welcome: six canines – four large and gentle Great Danes and two smaller dogs – all demanding your attention, which is inevitably drawn to the circle of mountains and the line of trees that surround this  perfect little valley.  They will accompany you too to the stoep or verandah area where you will be able to take in the spectacular views while sipping on a range of delicate hand-crafted gins.

“Because we could” is the obvious answer from Charles Bryant, Master Distiller and one of the original founders of Six Dogs, when you ask why this former capital markets trader and serial entrepreneur turned his hand to perfecting the art of gin distillation.  But that simple answer belies a fascinating story of how a business born in a shed on the farm where the dogs sleep (hence the name) only seven years ago spawned one of the most well known gin brands in South Africa and one that now has a presence in some thirty countries around the world.

Acknowledging that the then booming craft gin trend in the UK and Europe spurred his interest, Charles explains that the natural and unusual flora to be found in the Karoo area provided the opportunity to create something quite unique.  Armed only with an adventurous spirit and a makeshift still constructed out of an old copper geyser found lying around the farm, he set about distilling his first batch of gin – in the dogs’ shed! 

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There followed a period of two years during which Charles learnt everything he could about gin, while also roping in to the fledgling business his brother Glenn and great friend Luigi Marucchi.  Following something in the region of 187 iterations, the first gin – aptly named Six Dogs Karoo Gin – was created. 

A delicate and balanced gin in the London Dry tradition, Karoo Gin incorporates the likes of wild lavender – foraged from the surrounding area – and the delicate blossom of the harsh Karoo Thorn tree along with a range of other botanicals that include lime, mandarin and home-grown lemon buchu, also native to the area.

“Despite, or perhaps because of, our humble origins in a shed where the dogs sleep, we wanted to create a gin that would be able to compete with the very best in the world”, says Charles. “What sets our gin apart is the range of botanicals that we have access to in this special part of the world, including those that are foraged or grown by ourselves or by our neighbours, and the purest mountain water that we are the first to draw”.  

While Charles was hard at work doing his research, developing his product, and testing it against the best gins that the world had to offer, a new Distillery was built on the farm and a gleaming copper still installed, all under the watchful eye of Luigi.  At the same time the necessary liquor distribution license applications were duly processed by the relevant authorities.

When the Karoo Gin was launched towards the end of 2016, it was the founders’ intention that this would be the brand’s sole product, for which it was expected that the Distillery would be more than adequate in terms of production capacity.  A thirst for innovation, however, led over the ensuing years to the development of a range of other Gins, which, when coupled with the brand’s unexpected success, necessitated the establishment of a second distillery which is today managed by Luigi in his home town of George. 

Charles explains that while the flagship Karoo Gin has earned a loyal and growing following of admirers amongst the world’s gin-loving community, the brand’s big break came with the introduction of its second gin – simply named Six Dogs Blue Gin – in 2017.  Amongst the very first of its kind in the world, this amazing naturally blue-coloured gin incorporates the blue pea flower, which not only gives the gin its striking colour, but which also causes the Gin to change colour to a light pink when combined with tonic!

“The blue pea flower – an antioxidant and alleged aphrodisiac in traditional eastern medicine - is truly an amazing flower that will react to the pH level of any mixer by changing colour.  It’s easy to see why we call it our ‘party gin’, but in fact the true magic comes from the addition of home-grown and freshly harvested rose pelargonium that gives the gin much of its lightness, softness and smoothness and it is these qualitites that somehow took the local market by storm and which seem to appeal also to a much wider international audience,”he says. 

Today the range consists, in addition to the Karoo and Blue gins, of a further three gins.  The first of these is the Six Dogs Pinotage Stained Gin that employs a highly innovative technique of extracting the colour and flavour of this quintessential South African grape cultivar to create a deeply layered gin with hints of cognac, port, sherry or a good red wine – the perfect winter or after-dinner gin.  

By contrast, the Six Dogs Honey Lime Gin, with its refreshing mouthfeel that deliberately sets the tanginess of the lime against the subtle sweetness of the honey, has a delightful spring or summer feel about it and just might be the best way to start an evening.  Interestingly, the honey in this gin comes from bees that have been rescued from stressful urban areas and relocated to hives on the farm.

Most recently, the company added the Six Dogs Blue Light Gin to its range, in a nod to a growing consumer interest in lower alcohol strength products.  While sharing many of the characteristics of the Blue Gin, the botanicals in this product have been enhanced to ensure a full-flavour gin, despite an alcohol level of 24% relative to the normal 43%, that will completely satisfy the “sober curious” drinker.

With their distinctive bottle, beautifully designed labels and amazing packaging it is easy to see why each of the gins in the Six Dogs range will stand out on a bar counter or on the shelves of any liquor retail outlet.  But as Charles’ brother Glenn, responsible for the sales and marketing function, explains, the success of the brand is as much a function of the passion and hard work of the team of Six Dogs employees and associates as it is the quality of the gins themselves.

“When we launched our first gin, not one of us had any background or experience in the liquor industry and we had to learn the hard way, by pounding the streets, knocking on doors, slowly building an online and social media presence, and always seeking the advice and assistance of the people in the trade,” he says. “In hindsight this proved to be a great strategy as it underscored the importance of relationship-building, which today is one of the key values of our brand, along with quality, innovation and passion.”

Of course the COVID pandemic took its toll on Six Dogs Distillery as it did on so many businesses in the hopitality sector, particularly in view of the total ban on alcohol sales in South Africa over much of the period.  Never ones to simply wait for things to improve, the team at Six Dogs decided to set up an associate business in The Netherands – at the height of the pandemic - in order to extend the brand’s footprint in Europe.  This is proving to be a sucessful strategy:

“In the space of only a few months, and from a zero base, we have seen The Netherlands grow from non-existent in terms of our global sales to our second best market after South Africa itself.  Again, this is a factor of our actually being on the ground to build the brand, while having warehouse facilities in the country means that we can guarantee a regular supply without having to depend upon the lengthy process of shipping  product from South Africa,” says Glenn.  “We are much looking forward to using The Netherlands as a base from which to grow our pack of Six Dogs fans across Europe!”

It's not all plain sailing.  The brand must compete against literally thousands of other craft gins from all over the world for shelf space, and in many instances competitor brands are far more established and have way deeper pockets when it comes to marketing expenditure.  But this seems only to drive the team at Six Dogs to ever greater heights:

“I have complete confidence in the quality of our products, the design of the packaging and most of all the passion of our team.  Yes, it’s tough out there, but we are lucky to have so many great supporters in the trade and amongst our customer base, and on top of all of that, we’re having the time of our lives.  How can we not succeed?”, says Glenn.

From a dog shed on a farm in Africa to the world, the team at Six Dogs lives by the brand’s motto: “born to explore”.  Long may the journey of exploration continue!

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