Calling All Gin Lovers! The Best Distilleries In And Around Brisbane
Gin, gin!By Alexandra Harris | 2nd June 2022
While we know you’re tantalised by a mixologist-made Mezcal libation at Brisbane’s best cocktail bars, and you froth at the thought of a frothy ale at one of our local breweries, but if you love a good G&T as much as we do (and we’re pretty sure you do), then you’re in for a real treat.
From artisanal gins to masterclass drop-making sessions with your mates, these leading distilleries are serving up the best in botanicals.
So, grab a designated driver a Brissy to Bryon Bay and everywhere in between, these are the best distilleries in Brisbane and beyond to educate your palate. Bottoms up!
By the way, we consider everyone in this list the best of the best! To make finding your next favourite that much easier, we’ve ordered the list alphabetically by suburb and also have filtering tabs for your convenience. Did we miss someone from the list? Let us know here! Hide the form
- Brisbane CBD
- North Brisbane
- East Brisbane
- South Brisbane
- West Brisbane
- Gold Coast
- Sunshine Coast
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Gin lovers, say hello to your new favourite hangout! This beautiful boutique distillery is a celebration of all things botanical, with offerings from bespoke gin making masterclasses to complimentary spirit tastings and an array of gorgeous cocktails from the bar. Keen to let your creativity shine? Book in a class at Brisbane Distillery’s Gin School, where you’ll learn the fine art of gin making. You’ll be spoiled for choice with over 140 botanicals to select from, distilled in your own mini copper still. Then, voila! You’re left with a bespoke bottle of gin. This distillery in Brisbane is a must-try, so grab a few friends and get mixing!
This family-owned, craft distillery is an epic little spot to enjoy fresh botanicals, dabble in gin-making, and immerse yourself in a tasty distillery tour. Set in a rustic, loft-style space, Granddad Jacks will not disappoint as you sip your way through a variety of their gorgeous flagship gins, all while nibbling on charcuterie. If you’re in the market for making your own, Granddad Jack’s Tasting Room offers a 4hr Gin making experience. Find yourself thirsty on the GC? Then head to their Miami location quick smart! The expert team will guide you through the entire process from choosing your botanicals to distilling using one of their custom-made 2L copper stills. With dinner, drinks, and your own bespoke bottle of gin included, gin-thusiasts, this one’s for you!
From coffee roasting to gin distilling, the team at Fonzie Abbott are truly masters of a good drop! Be sure to stop by and discover their Tank Bar, where you’ll be treated to an array of their freshest sips, including the iconic Wishbone Gin. Serving up organic, Australian botanicals from fresh orange to juniper and coriander seeds, make sure to wet your whistle at this good-time joint where the drinks are tasty and the banter is better.
Famous for their smooth and tantalising Ink Gin, this stunning distillery boasts the most gorgeous lawns, beautiful cellar bar, and restaurant. Perfect for enjoying an afternoon sojourn with your besties, you’ll find this scenic distillery nestled in the Tweed Valley, surrounded by local farms, lush greenery, rolling hills, and the Tweed River. Using sustainable practices with native ingredients to craft rare spirits, this is one trip to a distillery worth leaving Brisbane for!
Pomona Distilling Co.
This is well worth the road trip, promise! Located in the heart of the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Pomona Distilling Co. will treat you to a delectable array of drops and a relaxed menu filled with seasonal produce, fresh from farm to plate. Nab a spot in one of the distillery’s many outdoor spaces, soak up the sunshine, and quench your thirst with one of their signature G&T’s.
Cape Byron Distillery
Home to Brookie’s Gin, this iconic distillery is the ideal spot to enjoy a sneaky tipple and replete in Byron’s beautiful rainforest surroundings. Why not take a tour, where you’ll be greeted with a refreshing G&T garnished with native finger lime and aniseed myrtle. Every sip is handcrafted in the hinterland of Byron Bay, so why not grab a few of your BFF’s and make a day of it?
This small, boutique distillery is nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast and boasts a signature drop flavoured by the subtle balance of citrus, juniper, and backyard honey. Next time you’re on the coast, stop by and enjoy their gin-making masterclass, where you’ll select from over 50 botanicals, and take home your very own, bespoke gin.
‘Fortune’ Noosa Heads Distillery
Producing hand-bottled and labelled spirits since 2019, this quaint and vibrant distillery proves that gin really is a labour of love. Using traditional distilling processes to create a unique brew, this local Noosa spot is home to a range of award-winning gins just waiting to be sampled. Next time you find yourself craving a city escape, head for this distillery north of Brisbane in picturesque Noosa and quench your thirst here.