Sydney-based Archie Rose Distilling Co. has commenced construction of a new distillery and bond store in Botany, scheduled for completion in mid-2019.
The new site, located just south of the brand’s Roseberry distillery, will feature energy efficient brewing and distilling technology, some of which is the first of its kind in Australia.
It will be custom built to accommodate Archie Rose’s unique production processes, including its six-malt single malt mash bill, extensive use of specialty roasted malts, malted rye and individually distilled gin botanicals.
The site will also enable Archie Rose to bring its existing whisky stock into a centralised bond store to better monitor maturation and provide additional capacity for gin, vodka and whisky production.
The Rosebery distillery will become a dedicated space for research and development projects, limited release trials and a greater focus on sustainable distilling practices.
Archie Rose founder Will Edwards says the new location is a big step for the brand.
“Not only will it allow us to bring all our casks, packaging, raw materials and team back under one roof, but it provides us with the opportunity to re-conceive and design every aspect of the distillery specifically to suit our unique production methods,” he says.
“For example, customising the mill and brew house to be able to handle our six-malt, high specialty roasted malt mash bill as well as malted rye and a modified gin still to further increase the clarity of our individually distilled botanical distillates.
“The Botany expansion also allows us to consider sustainability in not just our processes (as we have done since day one) but also our production equipment, to use less water, power and gas, and capture and reuse as much energy as possible throughout the distilling process.”
Edwards says the team is excited to dedicate the current Rosebery distillery to R&D.
“It’s a pretty huge pilot distillery for an R&D program, but it’s reflective of how important innovation is to us as distillers, and we’re incredibly excited to share the good, not so good and just plain weird things that will no doubt come out of that site,” he says.
The Archie Rose Bar will continue to serve drinks and offer Blend Your Own Gin and Blend Your Own Whisky experiences, in addition to its upgraded food menu which now features local offerings from Continental Deli, Kingsmore Meats, Ester and Kristen Allan the Cheesemaker.
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