Bavay Distillery – Opening Soon
One of the most important figures of Australia’s brewing and distilling industries is forming the inspirational basis for Brisbane’s newest small-batch spirit makers. Bavay Distillery, named after famed Belgium-born brewer, industrial chemist and bacteriologist August de Bavay, will be opening at Morningside’s Rivermakers Estate in a couple of months time. The operation, which is taking shape in the stillhouse of the heritage-listed Commonwealth Acetate of Lime Factory (part of the Heritage Quarter lifestyle and entertainment precinct alongside Low and Slow Meat Co. and Revel Brewing Co.’s soon-to-open brewery and restaurant) will honour the craft of spirit making via the use of traditional and exotic methods. Monica, Bavay Distillery’s 500-litre copper-pot still, will concoct small batches gin, vodka, rum and whisky, each imbued with a quintessential Queensland spirit. The distillery’s 120-capacity bar space has been 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.