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Distillery Tour & Tasting

Distillery Tour & Tasting

  • Duration: 1 Hours
  • Location : Burleigh Heads, QLD
  • Product code: TOUR&TASTING

Sip, sample and hear the story behind the Gold Coast's first gin, whiskey & vodka craft distillery.

This guided distillery tour will introduce you to the gin-making process and the Gold Coast’s thriving craft spirit culture.

Enjoy a gin and tonic on arrival and tastings of our award-winning spirits and liqueurs as you are guided through the distillery and introduced to the history of Granddad Jack, the processes involved in making our beloved spirits and given a behind the scenes tour of our family-owned distillery. 

A little bit about Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery... Built with up-cycled materials, this old surfboard warehouse has been converted to expose a raw and rustic, one-of-a-kind distillery. David & Luke Ridden are recreating age-old family recipes in memory of David's grandfather and Luke's great-grandfather, Granddad Jack. Each of our award-winning spirits is handcrafted, made from locally or nationally sourced raw materials and still hand waxed! Production is on full show to visitors from the Tasting Room and when inside you can smell the aromas of the botanicals and whiskey as it seeps through the oak barrels surrounding you. 

We're a family-friendly neighbourhood distillery in the backstreets of Burleigh and have helped to build the epic craft culture the Gold Coast is renowned for. Just a short 2minute walk to the beach and surrounded by breweries, cafes and restaurants ( and great people ) you can quickly see why we've been landmarked as a 'must-see' destination on the Gold Coast. Come and see for yourself. 

Please note, if you wish to stay after the tour ( recommended ) you will need to book a table also. 

Things you should know before booking:

  • This is a private experience, we're not open to the public or spectators. 
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of the distillery tour, to make sure we can start on time and you don't miss out on anything.
  • All participants must be 18years or older. We advocate a responsible drinking policy and believe in enjoying alcohol responsibly. 
  • You must organise your own transport. Due to the nature of the event, all participants are responsible for organising their own transportation to and from the experience as alcohol will be consumed during the experience.

Need to ask a few questions? Feel free to contact our legendary bookings team at [email protected] or phone 07 5612 5783.

PRIVATE BOOKINGS: Subject to availability, we can now consider bookings for private tours outside of our regular tasting room hours.  Private Distillery Tours & Tasting - $45 per person Private Tasting and Talk - $35 per person

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7 of the Gold Coast's best breweries and distilleries

Drink in a frothy beach brew or hand-crafted cocktail at these local breweries and distilleries.

By Sophia Watson

With innovative new brewing methods and an inclusive culture of dedicated brew-masters who love to experiment, you’ll be glad you stopped in at one – or pub-crawled to all – of the region's breweries. In the mood for something stronger? Enjoy a gorgeous cocktail made with artisan spirits in the chic surrounds of one of the area's boutique distilleries. Discover a few of our favourites here.


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Black Hops Brewing taphouse, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, QLD © Black Hops Brewing

Where: Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads

If you’re into places that are more about keeping it real than being ‘trendy’, this is the brewery for you. Black Hops Brewing is the story of three Gold Coast mates (Dan, Eddie and Michael) making craft beer and sharing everything they learn along the way. In the setting of a very cool yet unassuming beach shack bar, you’ll be drinking from one of eight taps among stacks of kegs, fermenters and malt sacks. But that’s what’s so great about Black Hops: they’re understated all round. Even their beers don’t scream at you. Instead, smooth ales like the Beach House are made for long, chilled out sunny afternoons on the coast.


Burleigh Brewing Company in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, QLD © Burleigh Brewing Company

Burleigh Brewing Company Taphouse, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland © Burleigh Brewing Company

Where: Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads 

Established in 2006 by Peta and Brennan Fielding, Burleigh Brewing Company is said to be the one that began the Gold Coast’s love affair with craft beer 15 years ago. Unsurprisingly, they’ve won a slew of national and international awards, including World Beer Award Gold Medals, not to mention they beat out the Germans themselves for Best German Beer at the 2012 World Beer Cup – an impressive feat. Head into their brewery and taphouse for some live music, delicious food truck eats and good times.

Granddad Jacks

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Granddad Jacks Craft Distillery, Miami, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Where: 45 Lemana Ln, Miami

The first distillery on the Gold Coast to be based by the beach, Granddad Jacks is home to a tasting room, distillery and shop. Sample the gin, whisky and spirits at the bar, or take a tour of the distillery. Be sure to book into a Make Your Own Gin experience , hosted once a week, where you'll choose your own botanicals and learn to distil using copper stills. Of course, you'll take your bottle home with you as a brag-worthy souvenir.  


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Lost Palms Brewing Company beer garden, Miami, Gold Coast, Queensland © Lost Palms Brewing Company

Where: Oak Avenue, Miami 

Breweries have a reputation of feeling a bit masculine. So if you're after a good beer with a side of playful femininity, head to  Lost Palms Brewing Company . This pastel pink and mint taphouse makes the Gold Coast seem a little more gold. Located among the industrial factory yard trendiness of Miami, you’ll enjoy a cute clubhouse feel, fairy lights and all, against the backdrop of gleaming silver beer stacks and a colourful concrete playground with a basketball hoop should the mood strike you. Enjoy the sunshine and modern takes on beer philosophy with must-try brews like the Beetroot Sour.


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Where: Traders Way, Currumbin Waters

Set up by five of the Gold Coast’s most iconic pro surfers, including three-time world champ, Mick Fanning, and his best mate, world champ Joel Parkinson,  Balter Brewing is about the “enjoyment of a task without any particular skill for it”. This is a brewery where taste is the number one priority. Balter themselves note, “A neat can and cool place to hang out are great, but if our brews don’t tickle your tongue and put a grin on your head, then we haven’t done our job.” 

Located in the cruisy beach town of Currumbin, there are few places on the Gold Coast you’ll want to spend a Sunday afternoon more than Balter. Be sure to sneak in one of their award-winning pale-ales while grooving along with the taphouse DJ as you play a round of ‘World Tinnie Hurling’ – a game they invented just for the occasion of sunny Gold Coast afternoons.

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Fortitude Brewing Co., Gold Coast, Queensland © Fortitude Brewing Co.

Where: Long Road, Mount Tamborine

If you’re looking for a very chill atmosphere where the lush natural Gold Coast landscape creeps in, then Fortitude Brewing Co is your kind of place. The good folks at FBC have built a brewery to suit Australia’s rugged exteriors and soft-hearted interiors. their range of brews are full bodied, bold, yet also balanced. They’re not so crafty that the flavours will alarm you and not so mainstream that you’ll find them just anywhere. In fact, they refer to themselves as the ‘Goldilocks of beer’ – because they’re just right.

For a lazy afternoon session or a night reminiscing about the good old days with mates, FBC has a beer suited to your taste buds and mood.

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Wildflower, Gold Coast, Queensland © Destination Gold Coast

Where:  2/486 Scottsdale Dr, Varsity Lakes

You may describe Wildflower distillery as "Burleigh in a bottle." Based in the Gold Coast suburb of Burleigh, Wildflower boasts some of the area's best gin and vodka. The distillery's signature gin is infused with honey from the distiller's backyard, meaning you'll taste hints of the local flora. Stop into the bar for a taste.

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5 Distilleries to Discover Along the Oregon Coast

by Rusty Rae | Jun 19, 2019

If you’re looking for diversity in your spirits, look no further than the Oregon Coast. From Astoria all the way to Charleston, near the state’s southern border, five distilleries (and seven tasting rooms) punctuate highway 101, with each distiller bringing a different passion to a variety of delectable liquors. Add these stops to your next trip along the coast.

Pilot House Distilling

Opened in 2013, Pilot House Distilling — headquartered in Astoria and featuring a tasting room in Seaside — is known for its A-O (for Astoria, Oregon) Bourbon and A-O Whiskey, which is aged over four years in Oregon oak barrels. The popular spirit is currently sold out next batch is ready.

In addition to its whiskey, Pilot House also offers a traditional London dry-style gin and its Painted Lady Gin, as well as four flavors of vodka: Bar Pilot Traditional Vodka, Bar Pilot Lemon Ginger Vodka, Bar Pilot Cucumber Vodka, and  Pilot Jalapeño Lime Vodka.

It’s 5 Artisan Distillery

Just down the road from Pilot House in Seaside, the It’s 5 Artisan Distillery tasting room sells whisky produced by owner Colin Levi in his facility in Cashmere, Washington. He too takes pride in sourcing ingredients locally. A visit to the tasting room in Seaside gives aficionados the opportunity to taste a wide variety of spirits from whiskey and bourbon, to liquors and favorites like gin and vodka.

Cannon Beach Distillery

Not far from Seaside is Cannon Beach Distillery , where the passion for the distillation process and a quality product shines through. Here, owner Mike Selberg brings his ardor to life in a number of spirits, available for tasting or by the bottle.

Selberg uses a custom designed and built copper Vendome still to produce his spirits and takes pride that all his distillations are 100-percent produced from scratch using Oregon products wherever possible. “Obviously, agave is not found in Oregon,” he quipped when speaking of the two agave labels he produces. He also offers three rums and a pair of gins, as well 17 whiskey releases since opening his operation in July of 2012.

“Those whiskies have all sold out by the bottle, though some are available for sipping at our tasting room,” he said. “We hope to have our next distillation available in July, but it likely will sell out in two or three days.”

With a degree in natural science from the University of Puget Sound, Selberg said after fooling around with home brewing and helping a friend with bathtub gin, he began looking into distillation.

“Honestly, it was more attractive to me than making wine, and I really fell in love with the process,” he said.

Selberg has found his artistic outlet in the production of his spirits, which is evidenced in the labels available at the distillery. For example, the Il Keyote Spirits from Agave (made from organic Blue Weber Agave), which also takes a Selberg turn for the best from the traditional tequila-making process.

Distilled and matured more like brandy, according to Selberg, Il Keyote is aged in toasted American oak barrels for a quintessential  flavor needing no lime or salt. “The sky is really the limit when it comes to developing the artistry of flavors and tastes in spirits,” he said.

Rogue Distillery

For a decade or so the Rogue Distillery has been hand-crafting a variety of spirits made from ingredients grown on the Rogue farms in the Tygh Valley and in Independence, Oregon. Currently, distiller Brian Pribyl is producing four whiskies and a pair of gins.

A graduate of Oregon State University’s Fermentation Science program, Pribyl brings a decade of experience in real-world distilleries to the Rogue whiskies and gins he produces in Newport. After graduating and starting his career as the assistant distiller at Rogue, Pribyl spent time in Tennessee at a craft distillery producing bourbon and brandy and then went to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he helped start a craft distillery before returning to Newport.

Rogue produces two gins: spruce Gin and Pinot Spruce Gin; as well as four whiskies: Oregon Rye Malt, Oregon Single Malt, Dead Guy, and the newly released Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey, which Pribyl  notes is one of the first produced via cross pollination between the ale side of the company, its cooperage and the distillery.

One of the few organizations that makes its own barrels, this gives Rogue an added level of control in the process of making ales and whiskeys. The Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey, for example, begins its life as Dead Guy Ale and is distilled from that wash. It is then aged for a year in barrels that are specially toasted and charred. After a year in the barrels, it’s  transferred for storage to stainless steel tanks.

The barrels are then taken to the brewery where they are used for aging Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout. After about a year of aging, the stout and the barrels are returned back to the distillery and the Rolling Thunder Whiskey is transferred back into the barrels for three to four years of aging until it reaches a specific flavor profile.

Stillwagon Distillery

South of Newport in Bandon, Stillwagon Distillery produces the most number of rums in Oregon with 18 and counting, not to mention a single-malt bourbon and vodka. Here, owner and chief distiller Richard Stillwagon is focused on producing spirits that are almost 100-percent sustainable.

Stillwagon’s road to distilling was a long one that led to the creation of a single-column still originally intended for distilling water. However, when Stillwagon learned that the distillation of spirits took less energy, the idea for Stillwagon Distillery was born. “I really came to distillation and producing spirits kind of by accident,” Stillwagon said.

Stillwagon’s market research indicated rum was one of the smaller shelves in the liquor store, and while sugar isn’t a local product, molasses — which is the original base product of rum — is.

“No one is making what we are,” he said, but Stillwagon’s true mission may be his passion for producing spirits in a totally sustainable environment.

At Stillwagon Distillery, nothing is wasted in the distillation process. “We want to work with Mother Nature, not against her,” Stillwagon said. “Ultimately, we want to produce great products, but we also want to ensure that we leave behind a better world than found.”

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Scotch has become a huge part of Scotland’s identity and is also a major driver for tourism. With its five whisky regions – Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside – offering their own distinct style and flavour, as well as its cities, towns and stunning countryside, there’s so many places to explore on a Scottish whisky trip.

From distilleries and visitor attractions to dedicated bars and tours, we pick out some of the best experiences and places in Scotland for whisky lovers.

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Did you know that Scotland is home to more than 140 malt and grain distilleries? This makes it the “greatest concentration of whisky production in the world”, said the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). No matter which distillery you choose to visit, “you can expect great Scotch whisky, a warm Scottish welcome, and a fabulous day out”.

The abundance of distilleries in Scotland is “heaven for whisky lovers”, but it can also be “a challenge when you’re on the road and trying to keep track of them all”, said Wandering Spirits Global . The distillery tour planning and travel tips website has put together a superb and very handy interactive Scotland whisky distillery map , above. Wandering Spirits Global notes that black pins show distilleries not open to the public; distilleries with green pins are open to the public; orange pins by appointment only; and yellow pins are under construction and not currently open to the public.

Bertie’s Bar at The Fife Arms in Braemar is a bit of a “misnomer”, said Millie Milliken on Master of Malt . “Because there isn’t actually a bar.” What you will find is 365 whiskies lining the walls of this “seriously plush space” giving off “the vibe of being a library of booze”. Opened in 2021, Bertie’s Bar is a “dram-lover’s dream come true”, said Alice Lascelles in the FT . “Is this the best whisky bar in the world?”

Based in “the heart of one of the “biggest whisky producing regions”, The Highlander Inn in Craigellachie, Speyside, is “more of an institution than a bar”, said Sean Murphy in The Scotsman . Boasting a collection of more than 400 different whiskies “it is a must see.”

“Topping the list in terms of its range”, The Quaich Bar at the Craigellachie Hotel has a “whopping” 1,000 bottles of whisky to choose from and “specialises in global single malts”, said Milliken. “This is one you want to have on your Instagram feed.”

The Pot Still in Glasgow offers a menu with more than 800 whiskies and hosts private tastings in the bar. The Pot Still has had “a few name changes along the way”, but since the latter half of the 19th century people have been enjoying a whisky here, said VisitScotland . It’s another of the most Instagrammable whisky bars to be found in the country.

On Edinburgh’s Rose Street, The Black Cat is the spot for “unpretentious whisky drinking”, said Milliken. With a “whisky-laden bar”, it does a “good job of mixing the classics with new and limited bottlings”.

Located in the heart of Speyside, Rothes Glen offers the “ultimate Highlands experience”, an exclusive-use castle that sleeps up to 30 guests, said Robert Jackman on Spears . It was designed by the famous whisky architect Charles Chree Doig and “at the top of it all” sits the whisky observatory – an “exceptional private space to sample the best offerings from the nearby distilleries”.

History and whisky “go hand in hand”, but they’re “even closer bedfellows” at Dornoch Castle , said Peter Ranscombe in Decanter . With rooms in the castle itself and in surrounding cottages, this is an “ideal hideaway” for a whisky break.

It’s “no surprise” that a boutique hotel named after an “internationally famous distillery” should be a great place to drink whisky, said The Luxury Editor . Found in a “remote nook” of the Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth, the Glenmorangie House provides “beautiful surroundings in which to enjoy a few drams”. The entire house “pays homage to the drink”, and with just nine bedrooms, “a stay here feels very exclusive”.

Established in 1763, The Glenturret in Perthshire is Scotland’s oldest working distillery, said Forbes . It is also the “world’s first Michelin star whisky distillery”. “Intimate” restaurant Lalique “mixes the luxury with the everyday”, said the Michelin Guide , both in its “surroundings” as well as in its dishes, “with the likes of tattie scone served alongside Highland Wagyu and caviar”.

The Glenturret offers tours where visitors will be guided through the distillery and the whisky-making process before enjoying a tasting from the distillery’s core whisky range.

Edinburgh has an amazing history which is “soaked in the whisky industry”, said Jason Thomson on . And there’s plenty to drink in for whisky lovers, literally.

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The city is “exceptionally well served” by whisky bars, said Forever Edinbugh . From the “winding streets” of the Old Town to “cosmopolitan” Leith, “you’re never far away from a great bar to enjoy a dram”. Top whisky bars to visit include Usquabae in the West End, which is “crammed” with more than 400 whiskies, and The Albanach on the Royal Mile, which has a “fantastic selection” of more than 220 malts and blends.

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Chef Rick Stein once called The Canny Man’s the “best pub in the world” – and “it’s hard to argue with that”, said Time Out . The pub in Morningside has a menu of more than 240 malt whiskies and visitors have the option to buy a range of whisky flights. The best place in the city to “round off a day of whisky sampling” is The Devil’s Advocate , said VisitScotland . “Tucked away” just off the Royal Mile, there’s 300 whiskies from all over the world and the staff “can make a mean cocktail”.

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Should you be spending a weekend in Edinburgh , then save some time to go on a whisky tour or tasting. The Edinburgh Whisky Trail offers a guided walking tour through New Town, Old Town and Southside of the city, where guests can visit unique bars and venues. Holyrood Distillery offers tours, tastings and a whisky and beer festival, while The Dome has a whisky experience in collaboration with The Macallan and I.J. Mellis Cheesemongers.

One must-visit place in Edinburgh is The Scotch Whisky Experience, located by the castle at the top of the Royal Mile. It’s recommended that you book a gold tour as not only do you spend time learning about how Scotch is made, but you also get to sample four delicious whiskies.

The five-star experience also has its own restaurant and whisky bar on the lower-ground floor, said Forever Edinburgh . At the Amber Restaurant & Whisky Bar, the food offering is “a highlight”. Visitors can enjoy a “delicious Scottish tapas” or a full three-course meal, while sampling some drams, of course.

Another top whisky attraction in Scotland’s capital is Johnnie Walker Princes Street. Spread over eight floors, this visitor experience is “solid proof that Scotch whisky tourism is on the rise”, said Prestige magazine. Located in the heart of the city, this is the “centrepiece” of Diageo’s £185m investment in Scotch whisky tourism in Scotland, and the “largest single investment of its kind ever seen”. Set over 6,640 square metres, the visitor centre uses “world-first technology to reimagine the traditional whisky tour experience”.

As well many whisky experiences, Johnnie Walker Princes Street also features retail areas, a unique underground cellar and rooftop bars.

For half a century, the “tiny, remote, eccentric” Kinloch Lodge has been among the “best-loved of Scottish hotels”, said Condé Nast Traveler . Located on the Isle of Skye, this is a place that is “as grand as all get-out”, but feels “totally down to earth, in a setting of surpassing natural beauty”.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the Excise Act, whisky’s so-called “Year Zero”, Kinloch Lodge has introduced a new package stay dedicated to whisky. It costs from £850 per person based on two sharing and includes three nights’ half-board accommodation. Guests will also get to enjoy a special Torabhaig cocktail on arrival, dinners, hearty Scottish breakfasts, countryside walks, a picnic basket, tutored whisky tasting and a tour of Torabhaig Distillery, Skye’s newest distillery.

Coach tour operator Rabbie’s has various small group whisky tours of Scotland , departing from locations such as Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen and Glasgow. One highlight is the four-day Islay and the Whisky Coast tour, which departs from the capital. The journey goes through the mountainous landscapes of the western Highlands to the distillery in Oban, where guests can sample whisky that has been perfected over 200 years.

Next, travel to the Isle of Islay to be guided around one of Scotland’s oldest and finest distilleries – Bowmore – to enjoy a tour before arriving at the modern Ardnahoe Distillery. At both, admire the craftmanship, passion, and spirit that goes into each drop of whisky.

Ride up to a remote stretch of Islay where Bruichladdich distillery awaits. Scotland’s most famous whiskies – Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg – follow. Taste whiskies that are intensely flavoured and rich, all while visiting Islay’s historical sites like the ruins of Kildalton Church and Dunyvaig Castle. Price from £425 per person for departures from June 2023.

Located in central Edinburgh, the five-star Glasshouse Hotel has a whisky experience package that’s available throughout 2023. The package includes overnight accommodation with breakfast for two guests, the 90-minute Johnnie Walker Journey of Flavours tour including three whisky long drinks, and a whisky amenity in the room.

The boutique city centre property serves itself to guests as a “perfect blend of heritage and modernity with a whisky twist”, said Joshua King in Scotland on Sunday Travel . One of the most popular spots at the hotel is “The Snug”, an intimate hideaway offering access to almost 160 Scotch whisky varieties. There are also 17 luxurious suites all named after local whisky distilleries or regions.

Rates at The Glasshouse Hotel including the whisky experience package start from approximately £485 per room, per night (rates subject to change and availability).

The world-renowned Gleneagles hotel has launched “Pursuits”, its own limited-edition single malt Scotch whisky range. The five-star luxury resort in Perth has sourced exceptional casks from four distinguished Scottish whisky distilleries to provide enthusiasts with the opportunity to own these single malt whiskies, each unique in its own right and limited to one cask per expression.

The series is named after and inspired by four popular countryside activities offered at the estate – fishing, falconry, shooting and horse riding – and all four expressions were bottled in December 2022. The bottles are individually hand-engraved, numbered and available for purchase at the hotel’s Still Room for £1,200.

There are two notable new whisky distilleries scheduled to open this summer in Scotland: The Port of Leith Distillery in Edinburgh and ili distillery on Islay. “Rising up from the waterfront” beside the Royal Yacht Britannia, the “impressive” Port of Leith Distillery will be Scotland’s “first vertical distillery”, said the World Whisky Day website. With a target capacity of 200,000 litres per year, iii will be the “smallest of Islay’s many whisky distilleries”, but it has “pretty big ambitions” and aims to be “highly sustainable and carbon-neutral from the outset”.

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If you search for ‘pure bliss’ in the dictionary, it’ll read something along the lines of: reclining back after a hard day’s work in a sunny armchair with an overflowing G&T, vodka tonic or a whisky.

Whether you’re a spirit aficionado or a recent addition to the fan club, you’ll no doubt be stoked with all the distilleries on and around the Gold Coast. For your drinking pleasure, we’ve put them all in one handy list, so you can add them all to the bar cart immediately. 

Here are all the best distilleries on the Gold Coast, handpicked by us for your drinking pleasure.

Husk Distillers

If you needed further proof that rum was having a serious moment, then the opening of Husk Distillery is it. Exploding in popularity thanks to their iconic Ink Gin brand, Husk Rum & Gin Distillery is Australia’s first paddock to bottle Agricole rum distillery, which means it’s made from freshly crushed sugar cane juice, instead of molasses. Nestled in the adorable village of Tumbulgum, the luscious property boasts 60 stunning acres of grazing cattle, sugarcane rainforest and, of course, the distillery. You’ve got to try the indigo-hued Ink Gin, which tastes as pretty as it looks and their top-notch rums, including the Triple Oak Rum and Spiced Bam Bam. To fully appreciate these sips, book yourself in for a distillery tour, where you can get a behind the scenes look at how the spirits are produced, score a G&T on arrival and finish up with a rum tasting. 

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Paneszki Artisan Distillery

Every now and then, we step into a space and immediately get this feeling that we’ve walked into something special. Well, that’s exactly the feeling we get when we visit Paneszki Artisan Distillery . This family-owned Polish vodka distillery prides itself on small-batch production of all spirits, with 100% of their alcohol from raw ingredients, and you can taste the passion and dedication in every sip. The beautifully designed 1920’s tasting room oozes intimate vibes, with plush armchairs, chandeliers and dark curtains seamlessly working together to create a stunning space. Harnessing traditional methods with modern flavours, their vodka has an exceptionally smooth and creamy taste with subtle undertones of vanilla and citrus. This isn’t that cheap Smirnoff you used to drink in the nightclubs—something truly special is happening here.

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The Miami-based distillery was the first to open its doors back in August 2018 and since then has won multiple awards for its spirits including just this year claiming the title of  World’s Best Coffee Liqueur at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (Barbershop Coffee). The space serves chic loft vibes with exposed brick walls, arched ceilings, lush hanging greenery, recycled wood and steel beams. And, we have to give a shout out to the epic concrete slab bar—it’s just begging for you to pull up a stool and settle in for the night. Pop in for an amazing gin, vodka, whiskey and don’t forget to bring your dog as well.

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Tamborine Mountain Distillery

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Just a short drive off the beaten track, Tamborine Mountain is natural beauty meets country charm epitomised. Embark on an idyllic adventure to the mountain and it would be rude not to pay a visit to the iconic Tamborine Mountain Distillery . The boutique distillery manufactures the finest liquors, vodkas, rum and gin and their reputation has steadily grown, as a result of winning over 300 prestigious international awards. Wander through the gorgeous Elizabethan Tudor style building and stop for a sample in their intimate tasting room, which is too good to pass up at just $8 per tasting. If you can’t make it to the distillery, you don’t have to miss out—order your favourite tipple online and get it delivered directly to your doorstep. Winning.

WildFlower Gin Distillery

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WildFlower are known for their delicious botanical gin flavours and when they opened up their own gin distillery bar in March this year, we were so ready to get down there, curl up on their vintage couches and sip on their inventive and award-winning flavours. The stylish space features an eclectic fit-out that invites you to sink into antique leather chairs—gin in hand, of course—and soak up the unique decor. Vintage collectables like typewriters, antique phones, a piano and a very distinctive chandelier cluster around the space and add to the eclectic vibe. The smart WildFlower Gin folk are catering to all your gintastic needs and are offering gin-making and gin-tasting sessions , so you can learn the secrets behind your favourite tipple and create your very own unique blend.

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Beenleigh Artisan Distillery

When you hear about Australia’s oldest operating distillery, you know it’s worth a visit (or a few). Beenleigh Artisan Distillery is surrounded by both sugarcane and rum distillery history—they’re the legendary OG creators behind Australia’s original rum in 1886. Over 136 years later, they’re still crafting small-batch rum the traditional way with Australia’s finest molasses and every drop of their golden liquid ages gracefully in American Oak casks, to create their distinctive flavour and velvety-smooth finish. They’ve got a bunch of awesome experiences to give you a behind the scenes insight into the distillery, including a craft-your-own-rum tasting experience, distillery tours and a beer pairing. We’ll raise a glass to that.

So, you’ve taken our sound advice, visited these epic distilleries and now you’re keen to keep the night going. Keep the bevvies and the good vibes flowing at the stunning new waterfront pavilion taking the Coast by storm .

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We're very proud to have won multiple prestigious awards since opening our Gold Coast Tasting Room & Distillery in August 2018 and invite you to join us on a tour or visit the Tasting Room to try for yourself (at either location).

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Visit our Albion neighbourhood tasting room and enjoy a tasting board with our award-winning craft spirits or a drink from our seasonal cocktail menu. Bring in your own food (or order in) and sample the single-keg beer or cocktail of the week. Open from 2pm Thursday to Sunday. BYO Food. Family Friendly. Dog Friendly. Live music on weekends.

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Sip, sample and hear the story behind  Granddad Jack's  - Brisbane's newest artisan gin, whiskey, vodka & liqueur distillery. Join us for a tour and complimentary tasting of our award-winning spirits & liqueurs as you're guided through the distillery and given a behind-the-scenes look into the production of our world-class artisan spirits.

Our distillery tours operate before we open on weekends. Bookings are essential. Available every Saturday & Sunday  before we open the tasting room. DURATION: 1HR

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Join our experienced Brisbane team during one of the intimate experiences we offer at our Albion tasting room. Book yourself a Cheese and Spirit Experience or a Cocktail Masterclass and enjoy a few hours in good company and even better spirits. Looking for a private experience for your team or group of friends? We also cater to private events, reach out to our friendly teams to discuss a tailored event package. Book online below.

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We're incredibly proud to announce that Granddad Jack's Tasting Rooms have collectively received over 550 five-star reviews, has been voted a 2022 Trip Advisors 'Travellers Choice' and have recently been recognised as a 2023 'Best of Queensland Destination' with Tourism & Events Queensland for the third year.

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Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery is a family-owned and operated producer of award-winning spirits and liqueurs. With two established distilleries in Queensland and international expansion in seven countries, our exceptional range of handcrafted spirits, including gins, vodka, coffee liqueur, and single-barrel whiskey, are enjoyed around the world.

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