A new 'alcohol ideation' space has opened in East London this month that's aimed at the bartending and drinks development community.
Crucible, the brainchild of Stuart Bale – former head bartender at award-winning London cocktail bar 69 Colebrook Row – acts as an alcohol laboratory, with equipment including a centrifuge, vacuum packing machines, a rotary evaporator, a water bath and a dehydrator.
The space also includes a co-working area with hot desks, a stocked bar (supplied free of charge by beverage brands keen to tap into influencer consumer groups) and a photo booth for users to showcase their creations.
Membership costs between £69-£135 ($92-$181) per month and is not exclusive to those working solely with alcohol. Current members include a hand soap brand and an executive development chef from high-end UK restaurant chain the Gordon Ramsay Group.
Bale hopes that the co-working concept will encourage individuals to share ideas, bringing collaboration to an industry that often keeps recipes a close-guarded secret.