Brisbane Distillery Company
Located in the leafy heart of West End sits Brisbane Distillery Company – a small-batch distillery that specialises in grain-to-glass distilling. The distillery features two space-age iStills are made from six millimetres of stainless steel and come with built-in automated programs for mashing, fermenting, and distilling for the production of whiskey, rum, brandy, gin, vodka, and liqueurs. Currently Brisbane Distillery stocks five kinds of gin in its core range, including Big Red (a robust gin infused with sun-dried tomato, tomato flakes, basil, celery and pepper), Phat Chai (a gin infused with chai spice aromatics like cardamom, clove, ginger and cinnamon with a citrus finish), the Game of Eucalyptus (featuring strawberry, eucalyptus, lemon myrtle, kakadu pluma and finger lime), the classic Brisbane Dry (bergamot, lemon myrtle, orange peel, pepper berry, juniper) and the Queensland Dry. Also included in the range is Brisbane Distillery’s own French Caribbean-style agricole rhum, which is made using sugar cane juice sourced from Rocky Point Sugar Mill, and a pineapple-and-lime-infused vodka. In 2020 the distillery expanded next door, adding a length cocktail bar and expanding its gin-school facilities. Here guests can make their way through a 25-strong cocktail list, while distilling enthusiasts can sign up for a class at gin school. Each session gives guests the chance to sample and formulate their own gin, which can be bottled and taken home. Bookings for gin school are online now (the two-hour class includes drinks, light snacks and the take-home bottle) and can be made via the Brisbane Distillery website.