It’s hard to believe that Four Pillars Gin launched less than two years ago (around the same time The Gin Queen was born). In that short time the Four Pillars brand has taken the gin world by storm, both here and overseas, winning several accolades along the way.
All of this has been achieved within a small space generously loaned to Four Pillars by Rob Dolan wines, but with 3 different gin styles and Cameron Mackenzie’s creativity to house, it was time to expand into their own Four Pillars Distillery, and last week I had the pleasure in joining the team at the official opening.
Four Pillars have invested in two new Carl stills, Jude, named after Stuart Gregor’s mum, and Eileen, (a much smaller still, arriving soon) named after Matt Jones’ mum.
Cam told me in no uncertain terms that opening the distillery was not part of a plan to become contract distillers. “Far from it!”, he said “Collaboration is what we have always been about and having Jude and Eileen will offer us increased flexibility to create unique gins with selected partners”.
In spite of the shed’s vastness (and very high ceilings!) the team have created a welcoming bar space with a fantastic team behind it, including Troy (St. Ronan’s cider maker and formerly of Innocent Bystander up the road) and Scott Gauld. The bar is stocked with some great local tipples as well as Four Pillars aplenty.
A small shop offers books, Four Pillars branded glassware and 200ml bottles of Four Pillars. Handy!
I cannot wait to see what’s in store and am heading back to take a peek at Eileen when she arrives!
The distillery welcomes walk-in tasters ($10 per head, refundable with any retail purchase) Thursday- Monday 10.30am-5.30pm and from November 16th Thursday-Sunday 10.30am-5.30pm and Friday and Saturday 10.30am-9.00pm. For more information click here.
Four Pillars Distillery, 2A Lilydale Road, Healesville.