Australian alcohol is developing a fantastic reputation all over the world.

Our wine is world class, our beer is exported to hundreds of countries and now our spirits are jumping into the spotlight. And what better place to explore our best rums, smoothest vodkas, most famous whiskies and ever-popular gins than at the source?

 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Baldwin Distilling Company

1a/70 Dacre St, Mitchell ACT

baldwindistilling.com.au

Anthony Baldwin admits to developing a weakness for American-style bourbon during visits to the USA while working for various IT companies. Upon returning home, he realised how many amazing American bourbons simply weren’t available in our stores. In protest, he developed Baldwin Distilling Company.

 

The Canberra Distillery

24 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT, Barton

thecanberradistillery.com.au

It took Tim Reardon nearly 50 attempts and about three years to create a gin he was happy with. Tim’s gin venture, The Canberra Distillery, began in his garden shed behind his home in Canberra, and today, his brand is bringing happiness to people all over the country.

 

Underground Spirits

2/66 Primmer Crt, Kambah ACT

undergroundspirits.com.au

Dr Toby Angstmann is an obstetrician, former rugby union player and father of four. How did he squeeze opening a boutique distillery into his busy life? We are glad he did, Underground Spirits it’s all about innovation, science and distilling with precision and the result is a unique, innovative product.

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Archie Rose Distilling Co.

85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW

archierose.com.au

When Will Edwards opened Archie Rose Distilling in 2013, Sydney had been without an urban distillery since 1853. Hoping to bring the city’s distilling industry back to its glory days, Will created a brand that dedicated itself to honouring age-old methods and ingredients.

 

Cape Byron Distillery

80 St Helena Rd, McLeods Shoot NSW

capebyrondistillery.com.au

Cape Byron Distillery is the product of an unlikely partnership between three-time Master Distiller of the Year, Jim McEwan, and the Pam and Martin Brook’s family’s farm-cum-rainforest in the Byron Bay hinterland.

 

Distillery Botanica

25 Portsmouth Rd, Erina NSW, 2250

distillerybotanica.com

Thanks to a passion for potting and bottling plants, Distillery Botanica is able to trace their botanicals all the way from the garden to the glass. The leafy oasis that surrounds the distillery is just a short trip from New South Wales’ Central Coast.

 

Manly Spirits Co.

4A/ 9-13 Winbourne Road, Brookvale NSW, 2100

manlyspirits.com.au

Located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, it’s no surprise that Manly Spirits Co. distillations are inspired by their stunning seaside surrounds. Designed to highlight the flavours, textures and aromas of our natural surrounds, their gin and unique botanical vodka are distilled with locally foraged ingredients.

 

Poor Toms Gin

6 Chalder Ave, Marrickville NSW, 2204

poortomsgin.com.au

Crafted from Australian wheat spirit and botanicals such as fresh green apple, native strawberry gum leaf and chamomile, as well as juniper, of course, the small-scale operation produces clean, aromatic gins that the locals love.

 

QUEENSLAND

Beenleigh Rum

142 Distillery Road, Eagleby QLD, 4207

beenleighrum.com.au

Beenleigh is renowned for creating Australia’s first rum over 130 years ago. The heritage-listed distillery remains in its original location, on the aptly named Distillery Road, nestled on the banks of the Albert River in Eagleby, South-East Queensland

 

Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company

22 Commercial St, Bundaberg QLD,4670

www.kalkimoon.com

Kalki Moon spirits are made in what is quite possibly Australia’s most well-known town when it comes to alcohol, Bundaberg. However, it is not trying to replicate the famous rum recipe invented down the road but is instead straying from the local norm with their award-winning gin.

 

Mt Uncle Distillery

1819 Chewko Rd, Walkamin, QLD 4872

mtuncle.com

The Atherton Tablelands is known as the ‘food bowl of the tropics’ for its plantations of tropical fruit, macadamia orchards and fields of sugarcane. But it’s also famous for something else: Far North Queensland’s first and (currently) only distillery.

 

Saleyards Distillery

52 Gladstone Rd, Allenstown QLD, 4700

saleyardsdistillery.com

A couple spotting an old pub on a holiday in Central Queensland and then enlisting a group of friends to purchase the joint with the ambition of turning it into a distillery could be the start of a sitcom, but it’s the true origins of Saleyards Distillery.

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Hills Distillery

Cellar Door Coming Soon!

adelaidehillsdistillery.com.au

Adelaide Hills Distillery is owned by Sacha La Forgia, a winemaker who spent 6 years travelling and exploring the amazing worlds of wine and distilling. In 2014, he returned to Australia and start his own distillery that looks primarily to native Australian ingredients. 

 

Applewood Distillery

24 Victoria Street, Gumeracha SA, 5233

applewooddistillery.com.au

Applewood Distillery’s spirits showcase the plethora of native ingredients available in the Adelaide Hills in a way that has given the brand a unique and utterly Australian identity. Paying homage to the custodianship of the Indigenous people who maintained the land remains at the heart of Applewood.

 

Kangaroo Island Spirits

856 Playford Hwy, Cygnet River SA, 5223

kispirits.com.au

Kangaroo Island Spirits owners Jon and Sarak Lark honeymooned on the island and fell in love with it immediately. Specialising in handcrafted premium Australian spirits, Kangaroo Island Spirits was South Australia’s first boutique distillery. Its award-winning range is produced with the philosophy of ‘slow spirits’ in mind. 

 

The McLaren Vale Distillery

725 Chapel Hill Rd, Blewitt Springs SA, 5171

themclarenvaledistillery.com.au

The McLaren Vale Distillery uses elite wine barrels from the McLaren Vale region as the casks for their single malt whiskies, something that the distillers believe gives their spirits a sense of terroir, as well as unique character and flavour.

 

Never Never Distilling Co.

13/2 Brandwood St, Royal Park SA, 5014

neverneverdistilling.com.au

There’s a certain romance about the Never Never Distilling Co. Their Triple Juniper Gins has ranked as one of Drinks International’s Top Trending Gins for 2018, so it should be at the top of your “must-try” list!

 

Twenty Third Street Distillery

Corner Renmark Ave & Twenty Third St, Renmark SA, 5341

23rdstreetdistillery.com.au

The libations created at Twenty Third Street are steeped in history. The heritage building that the distillery occupies was once upon a time the first wine and spirit cooperative in Australia, it has now been reincarnated as Twenty Third Street Distillery.

 

TASMANIA

Hartshorn Distillery

50 Devlyns Rd, Birchs Bay TAS, 7126

The Hartshorn family, who also own Grandvewe Cheese, have managed to create spirits from their often-wasted sheep whey. It may be a weird concept but this tiny Tassie distillery is changing the identity of spirits not only in Australia but all over the world.

 

Hobart No. 4 Gin

1/10 Lamb Pl, Cambridge TAS, 7170

sullivanscove.com/range/gin/hobart-no-4/

Hobart No. 4 gin is made at iconic Hobart whisky distillery, Sullivans Cove Distillery. The traditions of the distillery are closely tied to Tasmania’s historical roots, using the old-fashioned distillation methods favoured during Hobart’s colonial era to create a purely Tasmanian spirit.

 

Lark Distillery

14 Davey St, Hobart TAS 7000

lardistillery.com

Tasmania’s boutique spirits industry wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Bill Lark. In 1992, he overturned a law that was put in place in 1901 that prevented small distilleries from starting up, and it was from here that iconic whisky brand Lark Distillery was born.

 

McHenry Distillery

229 Radnor Rd, Port Arthur TAS, 7182

mchenrydistillery.com.au

Down on the Tasman Peninsula, surrounded by national park and native reserves, sits Australia’s southern-most whisky distillery. McHenry Distillery is a family run business that produces an award-winning range of whisky, vodka and gin, each of which encapsulates the very best of the state. 

 

Sullivans Cove Distillery

1/10 Lamb Pl, Cambridge TAS, 7170

sullivanscove.com

Though it is now regarded as one of the best whiskies in Australia, if not the world, Sullivans Cove Distillery comes from humble beginnings. Tasmania’s second oldest whisky distillery had a pretty poor reputation in its early days but the entry of head distiller, Patrick Macguire changed everything and established the whisky powerhouse we know today. 

 

VICTORIA

Bass & Flinders Distillery

232 Red Hill Rd, Red Hill VIC, 3937

bassandflindersdistillery.com.au

Symbolising the urge to explore uncharted territory, two famous Australian explorers, George Bass and Matthew Flinders have served as the inspiration behind, Bass & Flinders, a unique distillery business in Red Hill.

 

Four Pillars Gin

2A Lilydale Rd, Healesville VIC, 3777

fourpillarsgin.com.au

If someone asked you to name a great gin, it’s not unlikely that Four Pillars would come to mind. Since its inception in 2013, the brand has been singlehandedly revolutionising the Australian spirits market one G&T at a time.

 

Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery

34 Macbeth St, Braeside VIC, 3195

hippocampusmd.com.au

Hippocampus won a gold medal at its very first San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2015. They blew away the competition at the prestigious competition so it is safe to say that this gin is something special.

 

Melbourne Moonshine

8 George St, South Melbourne VIC, 3205

melbournemoonshine.com

While many associate ‘moonshine’ with bootleg liquor, the two Misters (as they are known) at Melbourne Moonshine are giving this Prohibition-era spirit a modern makeover.

 

Patient Wolf Distilling Co.

342C Albert Rd, Brunswick VIC,

patientwolfgin.com

As the saying goes, a gentleman is simply a patient wolf – and patience is something you need in abundance when it comes to crafting the perfect gin. Patient Wolf owners Matt Argus and Dave Irwin exercised three years of patience before distilling their first bottle.

 

STARWARD Distillery

50 Bertie St, Port Melbourne VIC, 3207

starward.com.au

STARWARD Distillery is a distinctly Australian With barrels imbued with the history of local wineries and the whisky matured by the temperamental Melbourne weather, STARWARD is a quintessentially Australian product – a whisky to call our own. 

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Illegal Tender Rum

35 Illyarie Rd, Springfield WA, 6525

illegaltenderrumco.com

For Codie Palmer, Illegal Tender Rum was born from a chance meeting in his mid-twenties that inspired Codie to leave his job behind him, sell his house and car and follow his dream of creating an all-Australian spirits company.

 

Old Young’s

10581 West Swan Rd, Henley Brook WA, 6055

oldyoungs.com.au

Old Young’s combines the traditional with the nouveau, resulting in a range of boutique spirits in flavours that range from Pure to Pavlova. Based in the beautiful Swan Valley, the distillery neighbours some of WA’s best wineries and craft breweries, road trip anyone?

 

Whipper Snapper Distillery

139 Kensington St, East Perth WA, 6004

whippersnapperdistillery.com

The recipe for Whipper Snapper’s whisky began in World War II when a couple of bomber pilots, one Australian and one American, bonded over their two great loves: planes and whisky. The war ended and the comrades returned home, but the recipe they formulated lived on in bootleg spirits brewed in a shed in Scarborough.


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