Four Pillars Gin and Drinks Lab

Victorian gin distillery Four Pillars has announced it will open in Sydney early next year. It will call Crown Street in Surry Hills home, in the historic 1930s Bussel Bros building adjacent to The Dolphin Hotel. Named the Four Pillars Gin and Drinks Lab, it will be the brand's first Sydney base; its Yarra Valley, Victoria, distillery will remain open.

The team will be bringing up Eileen, a 70-litre still, from its Healesville distillery door, which will be used to make small batches of the juniper spirit. Four Pillars has applied for a small-bar licence, and the company's creative director, James Irvine, will whip up gin cocktails.

Eileen will also be used for distilling masterclasses, plus tastings and gin parties will also happen on-site. A retail store will sell a range of gin-infused products, including marmalade, Gin Pig salami (made from pigs fed on gin botanicals used in the distilling process) and Hunted & Gathered chocolate. It will also stock bar kits, T-shirts, gin books and drinking miscellany.

Four Pillars launched in 2013 with the aim to take gin from kitsch to cool. It's known for using Australian botanicals such as eucalyptus, lemon myrtle and Tasmanian bush peppercorn in its distilling process. At its Healesville distillery door, about an hour outside of Melbourne, it offers gin tastings and G&T flights.

Sydney-based design firm Amber Road (Edition Coffee Roasters, Brix, Distillers Ume Burger) will be making-over the space. Four Pillars will also soon announce the talent that will bring the venue to life, and a range of other exciting happenings in its new space.

Four Pillars Gin and Drinks Lab is slated to open in early 2020.

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Updated: September 11th, 2019

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