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Australian Distilling opens first of planned network of craft distilleries

Spirits maker, Australian Distilling Co, has commenced production at a new facility in Stepney, the first of a network of distilleries the company plans.

According to founder Michael Hickinbotham, Australian Distilling Co will build distilleries in cities around Australia, starting with Adelaide, with stills planned for Darwin, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Geelong.

“Our team of distillers journey across the country, partnering with local distilleries to produce our city gins in each city,” said Hickinbotham.

Founded in late 2018, the spirits maker has a growing distribution network across Australia, including BWS, Cellarbrations, the IBA Group (Thirsty Camel), Dan Murphy’s in South Australia, independent retailers and selected restaurants, bars and pubs.

Australian Distilling Co’s Master Distiller is Dr Graham Jones, who has taught generations of South Australian winemakers and distillers at the University of Adelaide for almost 30 years.

“Australian Distilling Co is a celebration of Australian communities,” Hickinbotham said.

“Our range of artisan small-batch distilled gins and premium craft-made spirits embody the flavour and character of key cities and regions. For example, Adelaide Gin botanicals include Kangaroo Island lavender. Similarly, our Adelaide Vodka is triple distilled from South Australian premium grapes and spring water from the Adelaide Hills.”

Last month the distillery released its first batch of vodka in Adelaide and will also produce its range of signature gin including – Shiraz, Rhapsody, and Australian Distilling Co Gin.  It plans to expand to include whiskey in the future.

“Australian Distilling Co is proud to make our first distillery investment in Adelaide as part of our commitment to South Australia and the spirits industry nationally,” he added. 


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