Manly Spirits Co.
“Brewvale” – that’s what the co-founder of Manly Spirits Co Vanessa Wilton calls the few blocks surrounding her distillery. That’s instead of Brookvale. Within less than one kilometre there’s 4Pines, Nomad Brewing Co and Dad & Dave’s.
Location is very important for this northern beaches spirit maker. Its Marine Botanical Vodka is distilled in sea parsley foraged from Whale Beach and kelp that’s washed up on nearby beaches, such as Manly and Collaroy. To balance that briny sea flavour, roasted wattle seed, orange peel and cardamom are added, resulting in an earthy vodka that pairs well with ginger ale or gingery cocktails.
It’s the gins, though, that have caught people’s attention. Its Australian Dry Gin was awarded a silver medal (London dry style) at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards in 2018. It also has a Barrel-Aged Gin (Whisky Cask 02), and Coastal Citrus (made using fresh lemon aspen, coriander leaf, sea parsley, Meyer lemon and myrtle).
Wilton runs the distillery with her partner David Wittaker and head distiller Tim Stones (ex-Beefeater gin). The distillery offers one-hour tours (Friday to Sunday) and a tasting bar where you can order classic cocktails with a twist along with charcuterie and cheeses and a small selection of local wines and beers.