Master Distillery of Manchester Three Rivers Gin, Dave Rigby, started his career as a qualified University Lecturer having studied for postgraduates in Film Scriptwriting and Higher Education and Research. Dave left his post at the University of Salford in 2012 to open the independent café bar, Cuckoo, in North Manchester.

Having been inspired by the burgeoning craft spirits scene developing at the time, Dave together with three of his friends began work on building Manchester City Centre’s first ever Gin Distillery and created what would eventually become the multi award-winning Manchester Three Rivers Gin.