Hand crafted spirits of distinction

Kilderkin Distillery Ballarat - 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.

Kilderkin Distillery Ballarat - Hand crafted spirits of distinction

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

Kilderkin Distillery

At Kilderkin Distillery our focus is on producing high quality craft spirits. We began by commissioning Peter Bailly, a highly regarded still maker from Knapp Lewer Contracting in Hobart, to manufacture two pot stills to our specifications.

The still designs incorporate specific features to ensure we have clean distilled spirits both for gin and for whisky. This means we can live our dream to produce high quality spirits that will be enjoyed by everyone, including those with a preference for drinking their spirits neat, as well as those who like to add their favourite mixers.

Chris Pratt & Scott Wilson Browne - Kilderkin Distillery

Our Story

When a brewer called Scott with a passion for fine craft beer and spirits, met a Scot called Chris with a lifelong interest in distilling, they decided that it was time to fulfill their ambition. Kilderkin Distillery was born in 2016 after many years of dreams, followed by careful planning.  Our first gins were released in 2017 with a gradual expansion of the range.  As the business developed Scott decided to return to running Red Duck brewery full time in 2020 and Chris took over the distillery with assistance from his partner Rebecca.

Located in the historical city of Ballarat, a city with a long history of distilling, both illicit and licit, Kilderkin Distillery is the first distillery in the region since the 1930s, the decade that saw the closure of Warrenheip Distillery, the first distillery in the colony of Victoria and well-known in its day for distilling gin and whisky.


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 from time to time we have special limited release gins that are available through our online store and selected outlets.

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  2021.

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Our Cellar Door is currently closed as we prepare to move to another location in Ballarat, which unfortunately may take a few months. But we look forward to welcoming you at our new Cellar Door sometime during the first half of 2021.

We continue to process online orders however and are offering free shipping on all orders.  Just go to our online store, add your gin selections to the cart and proceed to check out.

If you live in the Ballarat region you can also get the full range of our gins from Campana’s Cellar on the corner of Mair and Armstrong Streets.

And we 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



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