Bars & Pubs

How Four Pillars Managed To Bottle An Icon

By Ben Tyers
16th Jan 2019


It’s been a big few months on the St Kilda Esplanade following the reawakening of iconic hotel The Espy. We’ve looked deep into what went into breathing new life into the pub, along with what exactly you’ll be drinking once you walk up the well-known entry stairs.

When the Four Pillars team were approached by Sand Hill Road—Hotel Esplanade’s owners—to create a gin that represented The Espy, the answer was simply, “shit, yeah.”

“Hotel Esplanade and Four Pillars Gin are a match made in heaven (or a rock ‘n roller’s perfect vision of hell!) We’ve known the guys at Four Pillars for many years and they were the first people we told we’d bought The Espy.

The idea of collaborating to produce a special gin with Four Pillars was a dream opportunity to meld The Espy’s extraordinary history with a sense of cheeky adventure for a new chapter now to be written. The Espy and Four Pillars’ Sticky Carpet Gin is a respectful nod over the shoulder to all who went before us. And a lit flame to light the path for all who forge ahead!” said Andy Mullins of Sand Hill Road.

The team wanted the botanicals to have a deliberate pub feel. It features notes from Watt’s River Brewing’s dark stout, and they filled the stills with juniper, coriander, honey, roasted barley, cassia, green pepper, orris root, and Cascade hops. The botanical basket contained fresh lemon peel and ginger.

It’s a gin for beer lovers.

It all sounds bloody good, but the catch is that it’s available exclusively at The Espy in a number of cocktails the team are pouring up. Just in case you needed another excuse to drop in.

We had a chat with The Espy's architects about how they went about the massive renovation, read it here.

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