Pavement Whispers: Bavay Distillery joins the ranks of Rivermakers Estate in Morningside
Pavement Whispers: Bavay Distillery joins the ranks of Rivermakers Estate in Morningside
Pavement Whispers: Bavay Distillery joins the ranks of Rivermakers Estate in Morningside
Pavement Whispers: Bavay Distillery joins the ranks of Rivermakers Estate in Morningside
Pavement Whispers: Bavay Distillery joins the ranks of Rivermakers Estate in Morningside
Pavement Whispers: Bavay Distillery joins the ranks of Rivermakers Estate in Morningside

Pavement Whispers: Bavay Distillery joins the ranks of Rivermakers Estate in Morningside

It’s been a long while since the Commonwealth Acetate of Lime Factory in Morningside was tasked with the distillation of alcohol, but soon the original 1920’s stillhouse will be a hive of small-batch spirit making once more when Bavay Distillery officially launches later this year. In addition to producing a range of handcrafted gins, vodkas, rums, and whiskies, Bavay Distillery will also boast a Gatsby-inspired bar serving tiered cocktail trees and an assortment of tasty tapas. Here’s the scoop …

Lovers of ice-cold beers and lovingly distilled spirits have a lot to thank Auguste de Bavay for. The Belgium-born brewer, industrial chemist, bacteriologist and metallurgist is hailed as one of the founding fathers of Australian brewing and spirits production. His discovery of Australia’s first pure strain of wild yeast helped set the blueprint for the traditional Australian ales and his work with Fosters, Cascade Brewery and Carlton and United Breweries in the early 1900s left an indelible impact on the country’s then-nascent beer industry. One of his late-career triumphs – developing the manufacturing process for acetone for use in producing cordite – led to de Bavay helping design and build the Commonwealth Acetate of Lime Factory at Colmslie where, roughly 100 years later, a new small-batch distilling operation is crafting spirits in his name. Bavay Distillery is a forthcoming craft spirits distillery situated at the heart of the Heritage Quarter lifestyle and entertainment precinct at Rivermakers Estate in Morningside, opening this year alongside Low and Slow Meat Co. and Revel Brewing Co.’s soon-to-open brewery and restaurant. The team behind Bavay is looking to honour and pay homage to the traditional craft of spirit making, evoking the precision and passion of Auguste de Bavay by using methods similar to those employed 100 years ago.

Bavay Distillery has transformed the heritage-listed factory’s original 1920’s stillhouse for its own spirit production space and bar area, where Monica, Bavay Distillery’s 500-litre copper-pot still, is being used to concoct small batches gin, vodka, rum and whisky – each flavoured and shaped via the use of old and exotic methods of bygone generations. The throwback approach will be translated to the space at large, with the distillery’s 120-capacity bar space given a glamorous Great Gatsby-inspired glow-up with a new copper-top bar, drop lighting and ample greenery juxtaposed against the structure’s industrial brick interior (an all-weather alfresco space will also form part of Bavay Distillery’s footprint). Guests can expect an extensive cocktail menu (including tiered gin cocktail trees for groups) and a range of light, tapas-style bites, while hobbyist distillers can sign up for hands-on blending masterclasses, in which they can craft and age their unique blends in custom coopered miniature barrels.

Bavay Distillery is expected to open before the festive season. Book mark its website, Instagram, and Facebook pages for updates.

 

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