We started with the idea of making a kick-ass tonic many years ago but then thought ‘why the not go all the way and create a great modern Australian gin?’
We established Four Pillars Distillery with a clear purpose in mind. We wanted to elevate the craft of distilling in Australia and celebrate the art of cocktail making.
We thought, if we can do that we can help people drink better, not more. If the drinks we created evoked the diverse and cosmopolitan spirit of the Australia we love, we would have the makings of a modern classic Australian brand. Gin was our first spirit of focus.
The founders of Four Pillars (three bald pillars: Stu, Matt and Cam from left to right) have always loved gin and cocktails. And Cam and Stu have worked in wine for more years than they’d care to remember.
Their drive to create Four Pillars can be summed up as follows: We just love great drinks, we love cocktails, and we love craft.
Then followed years of research, test-distilling, importing and commissioning a bespoke copper pot still, filing forms with the government, sourcing the best botanicals from across Australia and around the world, and custom-making an amazing bottle to finally bring you Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin in December 2013.
Crafted in a truly modern Australian style our first release gin captures the flavours of both Asia and the Mediterranean. Four Pillars Distillery uses a copper pot still from CARL Artisan Stills in Germany, and produces in small batches of just 460 bottles which are then individually numbered and labeled.
On World Gin Day, 14 June 2014, we released our first Barrel Aged Gin. This very limited release gin was rested in a solera of French oak barriques for between three and six months to create a complex, delicious and entirely too sippable gin. And it also sold out within weeks.
We launched our third 'baby' later in 2014 - a Navy Strength Gin which, at 58.8% ABV, is ‘gunpowder proof’. Bars and at-home bartenders alike love this overproof gin carrying big flavour, with fresh finger-limes, turmeric and ginger. Plus it's won the 'Master' medal at the Global Gin Masters in London in both 2015 and 2016.
And we're now making some 'non-gin' products (the very decadent Orange Marmalade and Breakfast Negroni, made from the oranges used in our distillations), and have plans for a bitters (among other things).