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Whether it’s sipped neat or mixed in a cocktail, we Filipinos love our gin. We’re one of the world’s largest gin consumers, drinking up nearly 46% of annual global production, but most of what we drink is mass-produced, with the local spirits market making up only 3% of global spending.
That’s where Full Circle Craft Distillers Co. comes in. Starting off as a passion project between writer/filmmaker Matthew Westfall and his wife Laurie, Full Circle Distillers want to get Filipinos into drinking better gin by elevating the local spirits industry and putting the Philippines among the best in the global spirits market.
Inspired by Matthew’s grandfather, who moved to Manila from Russia in 1918 to work at the San Miguel Brewery, Full Circle Distillers uphold time-honored craft techniques in gin production to produce a line of high-quality, artisanal spirits that showcase some of the best and boldest flavors the country has to offer.
After four years of perfecting their recipe, ARC Botanical Gin was born. The award-winning spirit carries a blend of 28 fresh botanicals; 22 of which are sourced and hand-foraged from around the country. Featuring the flavors of pomelo from Davao, oranges from Sagada, pine buds from Benguet, and mangoes from Pangasinan to name a few, each sip of ARC Botanical Gin showcases the richness and diversity of flavors in the Philippines.
ARC Botanical Gin, ARC Barrel Reserve Gin, and ARC Lava Rock Vodka make up Full Circle Craft Distillers Co.’s flagship line of spirits.