For local distiller and qualified medical laboratory scientist Brogan Carr, making gin hits that sweet spot right between science and art. Along with her father Simon, Carr's created three signature gins, setting out to show the world just how diverse this spirit can be. There's the juniper-forward Australia Dry Gin dubbed Everyday Salvation, a fruity new-age number called Evening Light, and the navy strength edition called Royal Blood — a savoury concoction that pulls its flavours from Australian sea parsley, saltbush and roasted wattle seed.
And it's with this character-filled trio that the Carrs have launched their new Richmond gin making operation and tasting bar to the public. North Street is now home to the modern, industrial but warm, Brogan's Way Distillery.
It's a welcoming space that's primed for sipping gin when the bar opens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights — whether enjoyed straight, as part of a tasting flight, or infused into one of the exclusive cocktails. A collaborative effort between Brogan and the legendary Shaun Byrne (Gin Palace, co-founder of Maidenii Vermouth), the cocktail menu features bitters, aperitifs and digestifs also made by the talented gin-maker. And you'll find a strong lineup of tonics from Strangelove and Capi, carefully chosen to complement those house tipples.
Visitors will be able to get stuck into a range of grazing platters, antipasto boards and charcuterie plates, starring local ingredients, even including pickles made using the distillery's spent botanicals.