We know how to distill! Our wine is world-class, our beer is exported to hundreds of countries, and our spirits are being celebrated the world over. What better place to explore our best rums, smoothest vodkas, most famous whiskies and ever-popular gins than at the source? Here are 32 of our favourites!
Bass & Flinders Distillery
232 Red Hill Rd, Red Hill VIC, 3937
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
If someone asked you to name a great gin, it’s more than likely 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
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.
8 George St, South Melbourne VIC, 3205
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,
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.
50 Bertie St, Port Melbourne VIC, 3207
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.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Baldwin Distilling Company
1a/70 Dacre St, Mitchell ACT
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
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.
2/66 Primmer Crt, Kambah ACT
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
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
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.
25 Portsmouth Rd, Erina NSW, 2250
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
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
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.
142 Distillery Road, Eagleby QLD, 4207
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
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
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.
52 Gladstone Rd, Allenstown QLD, 4700
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.
Adelaide Hills Distillery
68 Chambers Rd, Nairne SA 5252
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.
24 Victoria Street, Gumeracha SA, 5233
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
14 Davey St, Hobart TAS 7000
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.
229 Radnor Rd, Port Arthur TAS, 7182
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
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.
Illegal Tender Rum
35 Illyarie Rd, Springfield WA, 6525
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.
10581 West Swan Rd, Henley Brook WA, 6055
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
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.