“For us it’s been a very organic process – having the bar in fitzroy, The Rum Diary Bar, we’ve always created our own house products such as ginger beer and a spiced rum. The popularity of the rum kept growing over the years, so we kept tweaking and improving it, as time went on people kept asking to buy it for home, so we increased production and started selling it to customers and then into other bars,” says Hamish Goonetilleke the man behind Rum Diary Spiced Rum
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Master Alchemist and Ironbark Distillery Director is Reg Papps who opened the distillery with his wife Greta just three years ago. Their vision is to produce high-end spirits with a distinctly Australian twist. Reg honed his craft over a career spanning 26 years in industrial distillation, but when he was made redundant from Shell, he took the opportunity to transfer the skills learned to a much smaller scale and Ironbark Distillery was born.
“It won’t be long until craft distilleries join the ranks of breweries/brew pubs – one will always be within a 30 minute commute!” Applewood’s Brendan Carter is excited about the boom in craft distilleries, likening it to the boom in craft brewing in the noughties.
“It took three years to research and cut through the red tape. We did hundreds of small test distillations before deciding on the final recipe.” Here’s how Four Pillars Gin got started.