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The Whiskery is where the locals go on the Bellarine to get a stiff drink in a slice of paradise
With so many award-winning wineries on the Bellarine Peninsula, it’s a bit surprising that it took so long for a distillery to pop up. Thank goodness it did, though, because Drysdale is a different place since Bellarine Distillery and its cellar door, the Whiskery, opened.
The story of the Bellarine Distillery begins in 2012 when husband and wife Russ Watson and Lorelle Warren decided to make something from their passion for whisky. Three years later they received their first still and by the start of 2018 had released their first gin, with their first batch of whisky to be released in the winter of the same year.
Having a drink at the Whiskery is an unpretentious affair: it feels a little like having a drink in a lush, fairytale beer garden. But the staff’s conviviality is genuine and is backed by the quality of their spirits and cocktail menu. Those who turn their noses up at G&Ts will be converted by the Whiskery’s version, which is smooth, fragrant and just a little bit citrusy. It’s best enjoyed sitting by the venue’s fireplace, or under the trees on a sunny day where you can watch staff pottering around for cocktail ingredients.
At the time of writing the Whiskery is only open Fridays to Sundays and there is a no-booking policy. The staff can rustle up something light to eat with your drink (think pizzas and cheese platters) but at its heart the Whiskery is about imbibing. Don’t get stuck as designated driver, or if you do, make sure you pick up some of the distillery’s Teddy and the Fox gin to enjoy at home.
Cnr Scotchmans Rd & Portarlington Rd
|Opening hours:||Fri-Sun 11am-5pm|