Located just 25 minutes north of Hobart, 7K distillery is the love child of Tyler Clark, a budding Australian entrepreneur who left his everyday life behind and set out to build a dream.
Two modified shipping containers house our beautifully crafted 1100L copper pot still along with our laboratory, bottling line, storage space, barrel house, and everything else that comes with the everyday running of the distillery. The idea of fitting out a couple of steel boxes came to us naturally, as we are both enthusiastic about implementing the environmentally sustainable model of reuse, recycle and restore as much as possible.
This ethos carries through into the distillery in a lot of aspects, such as reusing steel for construction, reducing waste, and finding ways to utilise remaining waste product instead of just sending it down the drain or into the bin.
Opting to design and build the still from scratch was an important part of the development of 7K. Not only did its ground-up design cater for the confined size requirements of the proposed shipping container distillery, but knowing every nut and bolt—and of course, how it was going perform under operation—gave Tyler more of a personal connection with the still itself.
Another aspect of our personal lives that carries over into 7K Distillery is getting out into the wild and foraging for native botanicals, such as those that we use in our gin. There comes a particular satisfaction with searching for and learning about the native produce that our state has to offer. We’ve found that with so many different varieties of plants, fruits, and seeds available to us, the process becomes like a puzzle: we get to choose the pieces and figure out how they fit together by studying their characteristics, and experimenting to discover how they can be blended to create something beautiful. From strawberry eucalyptus to wild fennel and pepperberry, Tasmania’s native produce is wholly unique, a characteristic which is passed on to our product.
It was in September of 2016, at the beginning of the distillery's construction, that Tyler met Harry Foster—an (over) enthusiastic 22 year-old cocktail bartender from North Queensland, who found Tasmania and fell in love with environment, food, and amazing fresh produce. With a shared passion for gin, spirits, and the alcohol industry, it was inevitable that the two would combine their creative interests and work together to begin 7k Distillery.
Now, a year on, the boys are pushing boundaries with native produce, creating unique craft spirits with the hope of inspiring and tantalising palates Australia-wide.