Steven Woodburn

Sydney’s Rouse Hill is gearing up to swing open the doors to its first locally owned microdistillery.

Hills Distilling Co. welcomes the public from 15 March with its own line of spirits covering gin, vodka, and Australian white malt all made with locally sourced ingredients.

The venue is the work of Momento Hospitality which has a pub-centric portfolio including The Governor Hotel, Hillside Hotel, and the soon-to-open Oran Park Hotel.

The distillery has been split into multiple spaces including a ground-floor cellar door, seating area, retail area, and tasting table, with tanks and barrels located on the mezzanine level.

Guests can attend a range of different masterclasses including tours of the production space and gin-making each led by the team of in-house distillers.

As for food, there are two main options; cheese and charcuterie from Alex Keene (Sarinos) or dumplings from Sebastian Tan (Jinja).

Drinks will showcase the distillery’s own products including Article No.9 gin made with cascara, coriander seeds, pepper berries, and plenty of juniper as well as its Australian white malt product, which is a collaborative effort with Australian Brewing Co.

The venue is open for appointment-only gin-making classes and tours from 3-6pm on Thursdays, with the main cellar door open on Fridays from 3-6pm.