Whether you’re a die-hard gin lover, or a newcomer to the G&T fan-club, we’ve rounded up the best gin distilleries in Brisbane and surrounds for your drinking pleasure.
Read on to find out where you can get your gin fix this weekend!
Brisbane Distillery | West End
Keen to get your hands dirty? Say hello to DIY gin, with Brisbane Distillery’s famous Gin School! Grab your mates and enrol in the class where you’ll not only learn all about the art of gin-making, but you’ll also create your very own, bespoke bottle of the stuff! Enjoy drinks, gin tastings and snacks throughout the class, and at the end you’ll have your own bottle to take home with you and enjoy with your friends and family!
Fonzie Abbott | Albion
Boasting “hot coffee, cold beer, and good chat” seven days a week, this Fox Street distillery has its humble beginnings in coffee roasting. Founded in 2010, the business started out as a coffee brewing company, and over the years transformed into an award-winning distillery, with its Wishbone Gin taking home silver in the 2019 Tasting Australia Spirit Awards. Inspired by surfing and travel, consider Fonzie Abbott’s spirits your one-way ticket to a good time.
Wildflower Gin | Varsity Lakes
A relative newcomer on the gin scene, this Gold Coast distillery was founded in 2018, and has since made its mark on the spirits industry with small batches of subtly flavoured gin. The boutique distillery’s Wildflower Signature Gin takes inspiration from the wildflowers that flourish in the Gold Coast region, and combines flavours of juniper, myrtle and honey to create a botanical blend that has proved popular with local gin aficionados. Although Wildflower Gins’ bar isn’t yet open to the public, they offer gin masterclasses, where patrons are guided by a master distiller and taught how to mix their own bottle of gin.
Fortune Distillery | Noosa
It doesn’t get much more authentic than Fortune Distillery – producing hand bottled and hand labelled bottles of spirits since 2019, this distillery proves that gin really can be a labour of love. Using traditional distilling processes and a 3.75 tonne copper pot to create its unique brews, this Noosa distillery is home to a range of award-winninng gins, including its Signature Gin and Peter Phillips Navy Strength Gin. Oh, and did we mention that each bottle of spirits comes with its own collectable woven patch? Stick or sew it onto your jacket, hat or bag and rep the Fortune brand everywhere you go!
Grandad Jacks | Noosa
A family-owned-and-operated brewery located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Grandad Jack’s Craft Distillery pays homage to the founders’ grandfather who was a lover of friends, family, good times and whiskey. Making use of 90-year-old recipes and local ingredients, this distillery produces a range of spirits and liqueurs. Gin lovers can make friends with the iconic Greenhouse Gin, which is a smooth, clean and botanical blend inspired by the larrikinism of Grandad Jack. Visitors can also dabble in gin-making, tastings and tours, where they’ll learn all about the history of the brewery and the Gold Coast’s thriving craft culture.
Head just over the border to the northern rivers of NSW!
Husk Distillers | Tumbulgum
If show-stopping cocktails are your thing, you can’t go past Husk Farm Distillery and their famous Ink Gin. Touted as the first-ever colour changing spirit, the chemical make-up of Ink Gin means that it changes colous right before your very eyes – simply add tonic water, lime or lemon! It’s not just a pretty tipple though – Husk’s gins are made for smooth drinking, with citrus and floral notes that are sure to leave even the fussiest gin lovers satisfied. Nestled in the Tweed Valley only several hours drive from Brisbane, this destination is one well worth the journey.
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