Alchemy Distillers, Healesville

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MELBOURNE | Alchemy Distillers is a new distillery and bar in Healesville that’s already made quite the splash since opening just a few months ago. Housed in an old bakery, as part of a laneway development that includes Joe Slinger and Yarra Valley Cellar Door, Alchemy is all about producing quality spirits that reflect the passions of the owners, with a sense of place.

Founders Evan Kipping and Jannick Zester use a 1000 Litre Hybrid Pot Still, which allows them to produce a variety of spirits including Alchemy’s core range and several smaller batches. Think Chamomile Gin, Quinoa Vodka, and Moonshine made using things like local strawberries, kumquats and grapes. You can try the spirits on their own, as part of a tasting flight, or in a cocktail, and bottles can be purchased to take home. We love the Chamomile gin, with a light floral backbone that works well as part of a cocktail or just on its own to sip. The Quinoa vodka also impressed us with its distinct nutty, grainy flavour – it goes really well with coffee based cocktails (try the Distillers Espresso Martini).

If you want something other than spirits, there’s also a few wines and craft beers on offer. There’s no kitchen on site, but you can get food from Joe Slinger which is part of the same complex, and eat it inside the bar area or in the alfreso space outside. And if you want to stay in Healesville for the night, Alchemy even have a two bedroom apartment available as accommodation across the road.

Alchemy also have a barrel aging program, which means you can expect to see some very interesting small batch releases in the future. If you’re interested you can also apply to be one of the 100 people who will be given their own 20 litre barrel. Participants will be taken through mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation of their spirit, and will be able to visit, sample the barrel and discuss its progress with the distillers. After two years, they will have the option to release the product from bond, continue to age it at the distillery or bottle it to take it home.

Alchemy Distillers

242 Maroondah Highway
Healesville
Victoria 3777
Australia

Telephone: 0499 783 385
E-mail: [email protected]
Website

Open
Thu – Sat: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Sun: 11:00am to 6:00pm

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