Like you, we love gin. So much so, that we wanted to create our own, with two things in mind - simple and utterly delicious. So, as the saying goes, ‘how hard can it be?’ It turns out it is harder than it looks.
Three of the founders (Tommy
) worked together at Commonfolk Coffee
in Mornington where it was soon realised we all liked gin. Soon the Monday knockoffs started and we would take it in turns to bring a new bottle to share with the group. Each week we had to work harder to find something new and interesting, it became pretty competitive between us as to who could get the best and most exclusive gin. As our catalogue of gin grew, so did our numbers soon we had extras most weeks who followed the rules and each bought a new bottle to share with the group. An enthusiastic gym owner, Lachie
from Virtus Performance
in Mornington, became obsessed with gin basically overnight. Sam
the owner of Commonfolk Coffee, he was our boss so we figured getting him along was key to keeping these ever expanding knockoffs alive. Lastly a friend and one of Commonfolk’s suppliers, James
from Four Pours
It was one of these afternoons when James started talking about how we should do this ourselves. The original 3 had always talked of grand plans about how we could do this so much better, how one day we would have our own gin and live our distillery dreams. It never really seemed attainable though, just mates talking over G&Ts. James painted the picture of us producing a gin and him distributing him though his wine and spirits company. Duh, a distribution network before we had a product, that's a no brainer. We added Sam for his business acumen, and Lachie for….. we added Lachie because he likes gin. Within months we were talking to some distillers who could contract distill for us, we ended up after many months of ups and downs with the legends at Alchemy Distillers is Healesville. We settled on a recipe and dove straight into a 1000 litre batch. That was February 2019 and the rest is delicious history!