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The Distiller Bar - New Spirit Experience With A Twist

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February 4, 2022
November 15, 2021

From The Hotel Conversation, 14 November 2021.

The Distiller is a must try new bar that will offer a unique spirit experience in Melbourne that will open at the end of the month. Located in Northcote, in the trendy Welcome to Thornbury precinct, The Distiller will not only offer a delicious range of cocktails and drinks but masterclasses, tastings and other events.

From the team behind the high quality, authentic and accessible Australian spirit brands – Grainshaker Australian Vodka and NED Australian Whisky – The Distiller is set to become a must-visit destination for those looking for great drinks and a good time.

The large cocktail bar is hosted in a modern space, designed by Black Milk, with warm mahogany and leather finishes juxtaposed against industrial concrete. There’s an array of booths and high tables as well as a separate function space.

Of course, with The Distillery being a functioning distillery, the focal piece of the venue is the copper pot still and distiller Ruby Lewis working on small batch vodka products.  Essentially a vodka lab, The Distillery will be an incubator and innovation hub where Grainshaker will research and develop new products, collaborate with local distillers to help support Australia’s thriving spirits industry and push the boundaries of the products.

The venue offers Melburnians a new destination to not only relax and enjoy great drinks but they can choose to learn about the spirits and enjoy experiences with friends and colleagues.

The heart of The Distillery’s brand ethos is to create a unique offering for guests, one that highlights Aussie spirits and connects people to the drinks they are drinking and the distillation process. With only 8% of spirits consumed in Australia actually being made in Australia, The Distiller wants to flip the statistic!

Masterclasses and tastings will be hosted by the expert mixologists and distiller Ruby Lewis. Guests can taste vodka straight off the still, learn about infusions and create their own infused vodka, learn about the history of whisky and the production process as well as create their own cocktails. Whether a beginner or a connoisseur, a single or a group, there is an experience for everyone.

Locals and visitors to the area alike will appreciate the quality drinks available, making The Distiller ideal for after work sips, weekend get-togethers, mid-week nights out, Sunday sessions, celebrations and functions.

On the menu, there are much loved classics that have been given a ‘Distiller’ twist. The Macadamia Negroni has earthy, nutty notes and consists of Grainshaker Rye, macadamia, Sweet Vermouth, Ruby Bitter, the native Australian Wattle Seed and orange. For something more fruity and refreshing the Fancy Vodka Raspberry is the perfect choice with Grainshaker Vodka, homemade raspberry & thyme shrub, topped with lime & soda. For the whisky lovers Ned’s Mule with NED Australian Whisky, lime, Angostura Bitters, Fever Tree Ginger Ale and mint is a must try. The extensive cocktail menu is complimented by a range of spirits, wines and beers.

There are also a series of bar tasting flights available featuring Grainshaker and NED spirits.

Being located in the Welcome to Thornbury precinct has its advantages and guests can order from Mr Burgers simply using a QR code and their food will be delivered to the table.

With a regular live music program to entertain, The Distillery is set to become a live music destination in the North, one that is sure to keep guests in good spirits. DJ Edd Fisher will be curating the venue’s Saturday night music schedule.

For those yet to plan your Christmas party or just want to get a group of friends together, The Distillery experiences are perfect. Plus, there is a range of accessibly priced catering packages available for non-private functions that simply need booking one week in advance. Perfect for those who might be planning something last minute and don’t want to be locked into a high minimum spend.

And, of course, guests can take a piece of The Distillery home with a wide selection of signature NED and Grainshaker products available to purchase in the venue.

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