Bars & Pubs

Pull Up A Stool, This Valley Gin Distillery Just Launched Weekend Gin Tasting Sessions

By Ranyhyn Laine
24th Jun 2020

cocktails line up in a row at a bar
A mural of a dog on the wall in the gin tasting room
The bar and gin still in the tasting room.
A cocktail and menu on a table.
A sign with the outline of a dog on the outside of the brick building.
cocktails line up in a row at a bar
A mural of a dog on the wall in the gin tasting room
The bar and gin still in the tasting room.
A cocktail and menu on a table.
A sign with the outline of a dog on the outside of the brick building.

We know you love gin. We know because you frothed over this epic gin festival, went mad for these gin making classes and lost your minds when this local gin distillery opened to the public. And now, you can get excited all over again, because Winston Quinn, the master Brisbane gin distillers that we told you about last year, have finally opened up their tasting room and are ready to welcome gin lovers in with open arms. 

Located in Prospect Street in Fortitude Valley, the gin tasting room is perfectly located for a spot of gin swilling with your crew before heading out to dinner or on to more drinks at one of the many bars and restaurants nearby. Taking over a brick-fronted warehouse in the quiet street, the large open space is where Winston Quinn’s incredible gins are planned, bottled and shipped from, though the actual distilling is done locally elsewhere. There is a copper still on site where the crew make special release gins, and may soon be holding master distiller classes—but more on that to come.

A hand holding a pink cocktail in a short glass, adorned with flowers

The tastings themselves take place in the front area of the industrial space, where a stunning bar has been set up and surrounded by a mix of vintage lounges, plush velvet chairs, wooden tables and of course, plenty of bottles of Winston Quinn gin on display (if you’ve seen the bottles, you’ll know they’re pretty enough to be used as decor). 

Each tasting session lasts 90 minutes, and includes a sample of each of the distillery's four different gins, all of which come with their own garnishes. You can sample them straight, or add a dash of tonic or soda water, depending on how hard core you are. The $30 sessions also include a G&T to be redeemed at the bar, and if that all leaves you wanting more, there’s a cocktail menu to indulge in, with cocktails inspired by the different gins, as well as a few classic concoctions—think negronis, espresso martinis and a fruity Pimms jug spiked with Winston Quinn’s Pink Fit and Skinny Jeans gin.

A cheese and charcuterie platter on a table with cocktails.

If all the booze leaves you peckish, or you just need to line your stomach before downing straight gin, there’s a daily cheese board and grazing plate to share. Liquor licensing and COVID regulations do mean you won’t be able to linger past your 90 minute slot, however, so choose wisely. 

Bonus, you get $10 off any of the distilleries 700ml bottles with any Tasting Room ticket purchase, which you can take advantage of right there at the venue. And frankly, if you can walk out of there without wanting to buy a bottle of Slim Crop gin, your willpower is much stronger than ours. Sessions are open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and you can book yours here.

Read all about Winston Quinn, including the dogs who gave the distillery its name, here.

Image credit: Supplied

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