From Grain to Glass! The Rich Tapestry of Distilleries on the Gold Coast

Embark on a captivating journey of remarkable artisanal craftsmanship, rich traditions, and the tantalising flavours that have made the Gold Coast a hotspot for distilleries. Whether you are a seasoned connoisseur or an eager explorer seeking new taste sensations, these distilleries promise an unforgettable journey into the realm of handcrafted spirits. Prepare to be captivated by the passion, skill, and creativity of the boutique, family-run distilleries that share our home.  

This captivating trail invites visitors to peel back the curtain on a world where age-old distilling techniques intertwine with innovative approaches, resulting in small-batch spirits that are as exceptional as they are unique. Prepare to embark on an odyssey of flavours, where each distillery showcases its own distinct character and proudly shares the stories behind their craft. 

The Gold Coast’s boutique distilleries are more than just places of production; they are living legacies, passed down through generations, where passion and dedication flow alongside the spirits they create. Here, you will discover intimate family-run establishments, where expertise is nurtured and perfected over time, ensuring that every sip from their bottles is a testament to their unwavering commitment to quality. 

From the rich botanicals infused in gins to the carefully aged whiskies and exquisite liqueurs, their stories and expertise will leave you captivated. Take a glimpse into their world, and you’ll uncover the secrets behind their craft, gaining a deeper appreciation for the artistry that goes into each handcrafted bottle. 

 

Panezski Artisan Distillery

Panezski Artisan Distillery is born and bred on the Gold Coast and is the only dedicated small-batch vodka distillery located in the South-East. All of their spirits are produced in-house from grain, ensuring every single stage of the process is conducted in the distillery. They specialise in producing exceptionally smooth and flavour-filled spirits including Wheat Vodka, Rye Vodka, Krupnik, Aguardiente and of course, gin!

Cauldron Distillery 

Indulge in unique Queensland-inspired beverages, including the award-winning Five-To-Five Gin range and house-designed cocktail menu. Gaze over the vineyard or enjoy complimentary lawn games and a giant chess board or grab a bite to eat from the Cauldron Kitchen, serving simple but delicious meals.

Engage in Gin Making or Gin Blending classes that are sure to impress, with every participant taking home their very own personalised handmade gin. With free live music every Saturday and Sunday, and plenty of space for the kids to roam (fur babies welcome too!) they offer an environment where you can truly unwind.

And as proud winners of the Best of Queensland Experience 2023, you’ll find the essence of luxury, relaxation, and inspiration. It’s the perfect escape for those seeking the best that Queensland has to offer!

 

Smooth Hoperator 

Smooth Hoperator is the #1 choice for a fun brewery and distillery experience and day out on the Gold Coast, Northern NSW, Byron Bay and Brisbane region!

They focus on private group tours for girls’ days out, hens and bucks parties, birthdays, corporate groups, festivals and event transfers.

The Beer Bus/Party Bus is packed with fun surprises and has one of the best sound systems, LED party lighting, a roaming mic for karaoke during the drive and limo window tinting. The awesome ‘fun pilots’ will ensure you have the best day out and pick you up directly at your door.

When you join them, you aren’t just joining an experience, you are getting a refreshing guarantee of authentic locals, inside knowledge and experience.

Wild Flower Distillery 

Immerse yourself in the art of gin-making at Wildflower Distillery’s Gin Masterclasses. In just two hours, craft your own 500ml bottle of gin using our Alembic Pot Stills.

Learn about gin’s history, the distillation process, and select from over 50 botanicals to create your unique recipe.

You’ll be guided by one of the expert distillers, and as the class draws close, you’ll proudly take home your very own bottle of handcrafted gin – a testament to your newfound expertise. Share it with your friends or savour it on your own, knowing that you’ve created something truly special.

 

Hop On Brewery Tours 

Embark on an unforgettable distillery tour, available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, where you’ll visit four remarkable local venues.

Led by a qualified guide, indulge in tastings of gin, vodka, rum, whiskey, and more, while gaining insights into the distilling process. Enjoy a filling lunch and relax in private air-conditioned transport between venues.

Immerse yourself in the world of artisanal spirits, savouring the flavours, and discovering the passion and craftsmanship behind each bottle. Join in on this curated journey to unveil the essence of local distilling, leaving you with a newfound appreciation for the art of spirits.

White Oat Distillery

It all kicked off with a little skulduggery. Before the taproom, the distiller, Tudor, and one of the founders were raiding the supply room of a well-known brewery. Tudor kept watch, relaying instructions, while Andy simply pilfered anything he could get his hands on. In his haste, he grabbed a big bag of white oats.

From then on, the White Oat symbolised their spirit of roguish experimentation. Giving things a crack. Throwing caution out the supply room door. Creating old favourites with new ideas.

In an industry where things are generally done a certain way, they aren’t. With a tantalising tango of interesting flavour, White Oat’s latest Chilli Mango Gin swirls with luscious sweet fruity notes before stepping up the tempo with subtle uppercuts of spice. For those who don’t need extra spice in their life, but choose it anyway!

 

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