When a brewer called Scott with a passion for fine craft beer and spirits, met a Scot called Chris with a lifelong interest in distilling, they decided that it was time to fulfil their ambition. Kilderkin Distillery was born in 2016 after many years of dreams, followed by careful planning.
Located in the historical city of Ballarat, a city with a long history of distilling, both illicit and licit, Kilderkin Distillery is the first distillery in the region since the 1930s, the decade that saw the closure of Warrenheip Distillery, the first distillery in the colony of Victoria and well-known in its day for distilling gin and whisky.
At Kilderkin Distillery our focus is on the very best premium gin and whisky. We are dedicated, passionate purists, that have been dreaming about and planning our distillery for a long time. Our stills are designed for lightness of spirit, to produce a smooth and clean drink. Our gins are beautiful neat, on ice or with your favourite mixer. We believe it is possible to design the perfect gin for all occasions.
The name for our distillery is from a small oak barrel or cask, traditionally for ale or spirits, of 18 Imperial Gallons which is a metric equivalent of 81.8 litres. We believe that this size barrel will produce mature spirits of exceptional character.
At Kilderkin Distillery our focus is on producing high quality craft spirits. We began by commissioning Peter Bailly, a highly regarded still maker from Knapp Lewer Contracting in Hobart, to manufacture two pot stills to our specifications.
The still designs incorporate specific features to ensure we have clean distilled spirits both for gin and for whisky. This means we can live our dream to produce high quality spirits that will be enjoyed by everyone, including those with a preference for drinking their spirits neat, as well as those who like to add their favourite mixers.
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