Manly Spirits Co Distillery
4A/ 9-13 Winbourne Road, Brookvale NSW
02 8018 5144
Sydney’s northern beaches have scored their first artisan distillery. Combining the easy-breezy Manly lifestyle with a contemporary urban sophistication, Manly Spirits Co. Distillery is shaking up the spirits game.
Owners, David Whittaker and Vanessa Wilton’s passion for craft spirits and love for their northern beaches’ lifestyle, is heavily reflected in this modern distillery. Combining their respective chemical engineering and creative design backgrounds, the pair teamed up to provide their beachside locale with sustainable spirits that highlight the flavours, textures and aromas of their natural surrounds.
David and Vanessa enlisted the helping hands of Ex-Beefeater and Plymouth distiller, Tim Stones, as well as Forager, Elijah Holland, to bring their vision of crafting native Australian based vodkas, gins, whiskeys and the like to life. While Tim is busy at work attending to the custom-made copper pot stills that line the Brookvale warehouse, Elijah’s work focuses on sourcing sustainable botanicals and marine articles to flavour their white spirits. For example, Manly Spirits Gin is distilled with hints of juniper, coriander, orris root, cardamom, orange, Tasmanian Pepperleaf and sea lettuce. These contrasting citrus and sweet flavours compete to produce a harmonic smooth gin that encapsulates native Australian essences.
When it comes to distilling, these sustainable ingredients are met with traditional distillation methods as well as innovative, modern techniques used to ensure a unique flavour. Each of the copper stills are named after one of David and Vanessa’s four children, who have watched this project run from concept to operation over the course of 18 months. Bella, the 600-litre copper pot, is used to produce botanical vodkas and gins, Matthew and Harrison take the form of 1000 litre and 1500 litre stills that produce whisky, and Jordan is the smallest (and youngest) 50 litre copper pot, used for experimenting with white spirits.
Manly Spirits Co. has also opened the doors to a bar, operating on Thursdays through to Sundays, where you can check out their latest brews as well as a beach inspired cocktail or two. If you just can’t choose, opt for a tasting flight so you can have a sample of everything. Distillery tours are also offered, so you can treat your senses and learn firsthand everything there is to know about artisan distilling.