Archie Rose to build second distillery

18 May, 2018 by Andy Young

Archie Rose Distilling Co. has started work on the construction of a new distillery and bond store in Botany, just four kilometres south of its current Rosebery location, which is due to be completed by mid-2019.

As well as increasing the distilling capacity for Archie Rose, the new distillery will enable the team to turn the current Rosebery distillery into a dedicated research and development facility. This will focus on innovation, R&D trials and limited release products.

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The new bond store will see the company bring its existing whisky stock into a centralised bond store, which means it can be better monitored during its maturation and will further enable additional capacity for gin, whisky and vodka production.

Adding to this, the distillery has also announced that it has added 10 new staff to its ranks since the beginning of 2018, as the company looks to continue its strong growth.

Archie Rose founder, Will Edwards, described the new site as a “massive step” for the company, saying: “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. 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.”

“Finally, and arguably most excitingly, once the Botany site is completed we’ll dedicate our current Rosebery distillery entirely to R&D, limited release trials and the weirder innovation projects we are constantly undertaking and love to work on. 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.”

Archie Rose will use a $500,000 Coles Nurture Fund, interest-free loan to help with the move and Edwards added that he is looking at bringing in more sustainable, environmentally-friendly and leading edge equipment into the new facility.

“Although growing exponentially and producing absolutely world-class spirit, the Australian distilling industry is very much at its infancy, and we’re really excited to be leading the way in terms of energy efficient spirits production at scale,” Edwards said.

“We are investing in best practice and world-class distilling equipment at our new site, both to continually improve the quality of spirits as well as reduce our water, gas and power consumption per litre. Some of this new production equipment will be the first of its kind in the Australian distilling industry and is currently only utilised by a handful of distilleries globally, and reaffirms our commitment to innovation and progression while also minimising our environmental footprint.”

Coles Managing Director John Durkan congratulated Archie Rose on the innovative, environmentally conscious approach to Australian spirit production.

“Australia currently imports a large volume of spirits and I’m delighted we can support small Australian business to bring consumers unique, energy efficient spirits made using Australian native ingredients,” he said.

The Archie Rose Bar will continue to operate at Rosebery along with the ‘Blend Your Own Gin’ and ‘Blend Your Own Whisky’ experiences that the distillery currently offers.