Our story

For us it started over 15 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 establishing Kilderkin Distillery in 2016 and launching our first gins in 2017, thus adding another chapter to distilling in Ballarat.

The distillery is located in an inner suburb of the 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.

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 mid 2023.

As a small family business we are proud of having grown since we started and are now employing local staff to support the ongoing growth and expansion. Having fun is part of our identity and we love to share the true-blue Australian larrikin spirit far and wide as well as in our hometown.