Hand crafted spirits of distinction

At Kilderkin Distillery our focus is on the very best premium gin and whisky. We are dedicated, passionate purists, that have been dreaming about and planning our distillery for a long time. Our stills are designed for lightness of spirit, to produce a smooth and clean drink. Our gins are beautiful neat, on ice or with your favourite mixer. We believe it is possible to design the perfect gin for all occasions.

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The name for our distillery is from a small oak barrel or cask, traditionally for ale or spirits, of 18 Imperial Gallons which is a metric equivalent of 81.8 litres. We believe that this size barrel will produce mature spirits of exceptional character.

Kilderkin Distillery Ballarat - Hand crafted spirits of distinction

Our story

Larrikin Gins and Liqueurs are produced by Kilderkin Distillery, a small distillery located in the historical city of Ballarat. The city has a long history of distilling, both illicit and licit, with the first legal distillery in the colony of Victoria producing gin and whisky in Ballarat from the 1860s until it closed in the mid-1930s.

For us it started over 10 years ago following a lifelong interest in distilling. After a few years of dreams and a few more careful planning, we fulfilled our ambition by launching Larrikin Gin in 2017, thus adding another chapter to distilling in Ballarat.

At Kilderkin Distillery, having fun is part of our identity but we do take some things seriously! We love to share the true-blue Australian larrikin spirit far and wide as well as in our hometown, the fair city of Ballarat.

We believe that there is a touch of larrikin in everyone, and we welcome all good-hearted souls from all walks of life who enjoy a laugh, drink responsibly and are good company to enjoy a Larrikin gin or liqueur!


We choose to vapour infuse our artisan gins with many different botanicals drawn from around the globe, including some wonderful and unique Australian botanicals. This production technique, which involves forcing the vapour through baskets containing the botanicals during distillation, allows the flavours to be slowly integrated in the gin. This ensures smooth and well-balanced spirits for everyone’s enjoyment, including those with a preference for drinking spirits neat, with selected mixers, and in cocktails. We are proud to say that our gins are distilled, hand bottled and labelled in the regional town of Ballarat, Victoria!


We aim to operate sustainably and are increasingly working towards reducing our carbon footprint. We have a range of strategies in place to achieve this including:

  • using recyclable packaging
  • minimising waste, for example, by recasting products (e.g., botanicals) and re-using water used in the distillation process
  • sourcing locally based products when we can
  • using energy efficient appliances
Kilderkin Distillery Ballarat - Hand crafted spirits of distinction


Our signature gins are Scoundrel, a London Dry Gin and Original Larrikin, an Australian Gin. Both are infused with juniper, coriander seed and a range of carefully selected botanicals. We also have our Buccaneer, a navy strength gin at 57% abv, a Barrel-aged gin and gin-based liqueurs.

We currently have spirit ageing in kilderkin barrels. After much consideration we selected these barrels to ensure timely ageing of our whisky taking account of the temperature changes across each year that impact on flavour. We expect our first whiskies to become available in  2022.

Why Larrikin?

Our definition of a larrikin is a person with apparent disregard for convention, but who is good-hearted and serious about gin. We want to honour this cheeky Australian side of our nature, while bringing you high-quality gin to enjoy.

We believe that every good moment starts with a larrikin… so get yours now!

On-line Sales

At Kilderkin Distillery we fully support the Responsible Service of Alcohol both at our Cellar Door and for on-line sales.  All our on-line orders are processed at the Distillery under Licence Number 32810087.   Please note as it is an offence to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years the Victorian licencing authority requires us to verify that the recipient is 18 years or over.

View our online Gin Store
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The Cellar Door is open on  Thursdays (11am to 5pm) Fridays (11am to 7pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (11am to 5pm).

We look forward to welcoming you there, where you can enjoy gin tasting flights, gin and tonics (and other mixers), gin liqueurs, select cocktails, or a beer or wine.  Cheese platters will also be available. Or simply call in to buy your favourite gin or liqueur to take home.

We will continue to process online orders.  Just go to our online store, add your gin selections to the cart and proceed to check out.

And if you are in Ballarat we also attend the Ballarat Farmers Market in Zoo Drive (Lake Wendouree) on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 9am to 1pm.

For all enquiries phone or email Chris

Cellar door address: 14A Hill Street, Mount Pleasant, Ballarat 3350 
Mailing address: PO Box 5523 Redan, 3350 VIC


We are proud to be part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival and along with our friends from Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese we are offering a gin and cheese master class.

The masterclass, “A dollop of cheese and a cheeky gin” is being held at the distillery on Saturday 28th May from 5.30 to 7.30.

Further details and ticket sales can be found here.

You can find our gin at one of the retailers below. Just click on your state to access the list. Please call beforehand to make sure they have the Larrikin Gin you are looking for!

Outlet name Suburb Postcode
Liquor Emporium St Peters ST PETERS 2044
Porters Liquor CASTLE COVE 2069
IGA Plus Liquor BELROSE 2085
Midway Cellars DENISTONE EAST 2112
Westleigh Cellars WESTLEIGH 2120
Gateway Liquor Wholesalers SOUTH GRANVILLE 2142
My Bottleshop MARRICKVILLE 2204
Oatley Cellars OATLEY 2223
IGA Plus Liquor WANGI WANGI 2267
Mane Liquor BELMONT 2280
Artisanal Cellars NEWCASTLE 2300
Supernatural Wine Cellars Byron Bay 2481
Cringila Cellars CRINGILA 2502
Deans Liquor NARELLAN VALE 2567
LiquorKart SMEATON GRANGE 2567
Independent Liquor Group ERSKINE PARK 2759


Outlet name Suburb Postcode
Woolloongabba Hotel- Urban Cellars Grange GRANGE 4051
Three Little Pigs Tavern – Black Sheep NEWMARKET 4051
Black Sheep Bottleshop EVERTON HILLS 4053
Osbourne Hotel – Highgate Hill Bottleshop HIGHGATE HILL 4101
Australian Liquor Marketers Pty Ltd – Misc Sales CRESTMEAD 4132
Salt Water Creek Hotel – Hope Island Cellars HOPE ISLAND 4212
Waxys – Ferry Road Wines SOUTHPORT 4215
Railway Hotel – Capri Wine and Beer ISLE OF CAPRI 4217
Beer and Wine Circle on Cavill SURFERS PARADISE 4217
Castletown Liquor CASTLETOWN 4812


Outlet name Suburb Postcode
PALS – Parafield Airport Liquor Store SALISBURY SOUTH 5106
Stirling Cellars STIRLING 5152
Outlet name Suburb Postcode
Vintage Cellars WILLIAMSTOWN 3016
Dan Murphys ASCOT VALE 3032
Foodworks ASCOT VALE 3032
Porters Liquor MOONEE PONDS 3039
Parkhill Cellars NORTH MELBOURNE 3051
Vintage Cellars CARLTON 3053
Village Vineyard CLIFTON HILL 3068
Carwyn Cellars THORNBURY 3071
Psarakos Market THORNBURY 3071
Upside Liquor THORNBURY 3071
Audacious Monk Cellars PRESTON 3072
Nicks Wine Merchants DONCASTER EAST 3109
Vintage Cellars DONVALE 3111
Fredricks Richmond RICHMOND 3121
The Burnley By The Liquor Masters RICHMOND 3121
Auburn Cellars HAWTHORN 3122
Strand Cellars CROYDON 3136
IGA Plus Liquor SOUTH YARRA 3141
Vintage Cellars TOORAK 3142
Armadale Cellars ARMADALE 3143
Vintage Cellars – High St ASHBURTON 3147
Cambridge Cellars CAULFIELD 3162
Vintage Cellars BALACLAVA 3183
Cellarbrations ELSTERNWICK 3185
Dan Murphys BRIGHTON 3186
Vintage Cellars – Church Street BRIGHTON 3186
Vintage Cellars – Hampton Street BRIGHTON 3186
Uncorked Wine Cellar SANDRINGHAM 3191
Beaumaris Cellars BEAUMARIS 3193
Dan Murphys SOUTH MELBOURNE 3205
Vintage Cellars ALBERT PARK 3206
Victorian Wine Centre MIDDLE PARK 3206
Casa De Vinos PORT MELBOURNE 3207
Cellarbrations LORNE 3232
Cellarbrations ALFREDTON 3350
Campana’s Deli BALLARAT 3350
IGA Supa Marks MANSFIELD 3722
Blairgowrie Licensed Grocery BLAIRGOWRIE 3942
Outlet name Suburb Postcode
Innaloo Speciality Liquor INNALOO 6018
Cellarbrations MULLALOO 6027
IGA Plus Liquor BALLAJURA 6066


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