Distilleries and breweries you need to know about

Gin

Ironbark Distillery in the Hawkesbury Valley has created an award-winning gin that features wattleseed in the botanical blend. Tastings are available 12pm – 6pm six days a week, or by appointment and you can host private events on-site.

Four Pillars Gin Distillery in the Yarra Valley is consistently rated number one on Tripadvisor for attractions in the region. Started by advertising legend Stuart Gregor (along with two of his mates), the team pride themselves on creating what they deem the best gin in the world.

Archie Rose Distillery in Rosebery was one of the first distilleries to offer tastings and tours of its inner-Sydney industrial digs. The team here also make vodka and whiskey, as well as tailor-made spirits for venues like ICC Sydney.

Garden Grown is a new gin being produced in partnership with The Australian Botanic Gardens at Mount Annan. Using native ingredients sourced from the gardens, enjoy this gin at one of the zen-inspired architectural venues on-site.

Beer

Hemingway’s in Cairns and Port Douglas are two of the newest kids on the block as far as brewery venues go. The fun thing is that you can catch a tourist train to the Port Douglas brewery (and critically, back to your accommodation).

Stone and Wood in Byron Bay is a 100% independently owned and operated regional brewery. With a hippie vibe, this is a fun place for a group tasting or tour.

Wayward Brewing Co. in Camperdown, Sydney, is a rare venue indeed in the sense that you can BYO catering. Available for private events outside of opening hours, this is a hidden gem with a very friendly, casual atmosphere.

Little Creatures in Geelong and Fremantle, while not available for private parties, can accomodate large groups for tastings and tours. White Rabbit brewery is located adjacent to Little Creatures in Geelong and can be booked for exclusive use.

Whiskey

If you’re willing to head south to Hobart, you’ll be warmly welcomed by the elegant whiskies of Lark Distillery.

In fact, Tasmania has so many locally made whiskey on offer that you can book a number of specialised distillery tours, a highlight of which is a visit to Southern Wild distillery. Due to the apple-y nature of Tasmania, make sure you try the schnapps while you’re there.

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