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Introducing new Ballarat distillery Itinerant Spirits

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02 Oct 2023

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Ballarat’s newest multi-spirit distillery has opened in the city’s historic train station precinct.

Itinerant Spirits is housed within the 160-year-old heritage-listed Ballarat Goods Shed.

Located at 200 Lydiard Street North, its within metres of the Ballarat Train Station and Quest Ballarat Station.

Image: Tony Evans

Itinerant Spirits’ world-class distilling operation produces three different spirits – Gallivanter Gin, Vansetter Vodka and Wayfarer Whiskey – using locally-grown grains, botanicals and natural volcanic spring water.

In addition, the 140-seat venue offers an extended curation of spirits, a pizza menu, cheese and charcuterie boards plus sharing plates from neighbouring The Goods Shed restaurants Nolans and Boom Time Dumplings (set to open in November).

The charming bluestone walls and high ceilings of the historic building will also host regular gin and cocktail masterclasses.

With the capacity to produce 1.2 million bottles per year, Itinerant Spirits is decked out with a 3000-litre vodka and whiskey-producing German Kothe still, a 650-litre gin still and a 24,000-litre on-grain brewhouse.

Image: Jake Roden

Gallivanter Gin and Vansetter Vodka are both available now, while the Wayfarer Whiskey matures in ex-bourbon barrels awaiting its future release.

The word “itinerant” – meaning to travel from place to place – encapsulates the story of founders Brad Wilson (Little Lon Distilling Co founder and advertising creative) and Craig Ryan (ex-Quest Apartment Hotels chief commercial officer), who have lived and worked across the globe.

Ex-Four Pillars distilling guru James Fairlie joins Brad and Craig as the venue’s head distiller.

Itinerant Spirits is open seven days a week (Monday to Wednesday 4pm-late and Thursday to Sunday 12pm-late).

Main image: Jake Roden

Image: Tony Evans

Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.