Celebrate World Gin Day by getting your hands on some local gin
In recent years, gin has taken the distilling world by storm. Each year on the second Saturday in June, a global celebration takes place – World Gin Day. Lucky for us in the Newcastle area, we don't need to go too far to get our hands on some quality gin. Here's our guide to gin distilleries in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, the Central Coast and Port Stephens if you're after a local tipple this World Gin Day.
Earp Distilling Co. have made a name for themselves on the distilling scene, winning medals at the World Gin Awards for their Just Juniper gin, No. 8 Dry Gin and Portside Gin. You can even become a distiller for a day at Earp's Gin School, based in their Carrington distillery.
Where: 41 Darling St, Carrington
Newcastle Distilling Co. now has two locations – one in Warners Bay and one in Pokolbin – so you can taste their gin across our region. Take your pick from the Dry Gin, Bathtub Gin and Strawberry Gin.
Where: 2/218 Warners Bay Rd, Warners Bay | 16 Pokolbin Mountains Rd, Pokolbin
They might be known for their brews, but Port Stephens-based brewery Murray’s even has their very own gin! The Murray’s gin range includes the Gaia Savorous Gin, Gaia Citrus Gin and Gaia Dry Gin.
Where: 3443 Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm
Allworth-based craft distiller, Kylie Sepos, brought The Farmer’s Wife Distillery to life back in 2018 and has made waves not only in the local gin game but across the globe. The Farmer's Wife Distillery has a gin for every season: their signature Autumn Dry Gin, Warm Winter Gin, Summer Spritz and Sweet Spring.
Where: 378 The Bucketts Way, Allworth
Calling the Central Coast home, Distillery Botanica created the first Australian gin to win gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. Gin lovers can sample Moore’s Dry Gin, Moore’s Distiller’s Cut - Juniper Gin, Moore's Blood Orange Gin and Roots & Leaves Dry Gin.
Where: 25 Portsmouth Rd, Erina
Located in the heart of Hunter Valley in Pokolbin, Hunter Distillery has been making themselves known in the local distillery game since their opening back in 2015. Sample the flavours of their four gins on offer: Copperwave Distilled Gin, Jail House Gin, Mystery Gin and Native Gin.
Where: 1686 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
Another local brewery making its way into the world of gin, Styx Brewery is set up in an old coal testing facility in Carrington. The team are slinging out a whopping six styles of gin: Acai Gin, Strawberry Gin, Limbic Series Floral Gin, Achilles Gin, Bullock Island Navy Strength Gin, and Amato Gin.
Where: 97 Wilson St, Carrington
Newy Distillery is a local craft distillery, bringing you its take on gin with a rather creative flair. Explore their range of signature gins, coloured gins, and fruit-infused gins.
Where: U13-14/17 Aluminium Cl, Edgeworth
Hidden away in the seaside paradise of Lemon Tree Passage, Lemon Tree Passage Distilling has become a go-to for Port Stephens gin and vodka lovers. Get your hands on a bottle of their signature Reliance Gin, Pink Gin or Lemon Bite Gin.
Where: 7/44 Cook Parade, Lemon Tree Passage
Opening in late 2019, Pokolbin Distillery serves up quality products inspired by the family’s Polish heritage alongside Australia’s native botanicals. Taste the Hunter Valley-based distillery’s goods including the Blue Island Gin, Bush Gin, Native Plum Finger Lime Gin, and Classic Dry Gin.
Where: 2198 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
Kawal Rock Distillery is a unique distillery and vineyard in the Fordwich region of the Hunter Valley. It crafts bespoke spirits from local ingredients, including its Signature Gin, Pink Diamond Gin and Itchy Wombat Gin.
You might know Hope Distillery for its events or brewed goods, but did you know gin is on the menu too? Hope Distillery was established in 2020, and has produced a Pokolbin Dry Gin, Navy Strength Gin, Hopped Gin, Spiced Gin and Pink Grapefruit Gin.
Where: 2213 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
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