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.

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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
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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 to enjoy gin tasting flights, gin and tonics (and other mixers), gin liqueurs, select cocktails, or a beer or wine.  Cheese platters are also be available. Or simply call in to buy your favourite gin or liqueur to take home.

Bookings are preferred by calling 0423 000 166 or by email info@kilderkindistillery.com.au

We 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 general enquiries phone or email Chris

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

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