Archie Rose builds second distillery

May 17, 2018
By Alana House

Archie Rose Distilling Co. has announced it has commenced construction of a new distillery and bond store in Botany, scheduled for completion mid-2019.

The project will free up additional capacity for R&D projects, limited release products, and a greater focus on sustainable distilling practices.

The Botany site, 4km south of Archie Rose’s current Rosebery distillery, will be designed and constructed from the ground up, featuring world-class energy efficient brewing and distilling technology, some of which is the first of its kind in Australia.

It will be specifically engineered and custom built to accommodate Archie Rose’s unique production processes; including its six-malt single malt mash bill, extensive use of specialty roasted malts, malted rye and individually distilled gin botanicals.

Once completed, the Botany site will also enable Archie Rose to bring its existing whisky stock into a centralised bond store to better monitor maturation and provide additional capacity for gin, vodka and whisky production.

The Rosebery distillery will then dedicated exclusively to R&D projects and limited release trials that explore the fringes of spirits production.

“This new site is a massive step for us,” says Archie Rose founder, Will Edwards. “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.”

The Archie Rose Bar will continue to open as usual.

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