You can’t deny that gin is having a bit of a moment right now. Small batch distilleries are popping up all over the place and are doing their thing to elevate Australia's palate for locally crafted gin. One brand that’s leading the charge is Four Pillars, a Victorian-made gin distillery that’s making serious waves from their home in the Yarra Valley.
Luckily for us city slickers, we won’t have to travel over to Healesville to try Four Pillars. The distillery is hosting a winter residency at Melbourne’s oldest pub, the Duke, all winter long.
Head up to level one of the Duke’s Flinders Street digs for a gin-ful collection of cocktails, tasting flights and nips from the Four Pillars back catalogue.
The biggest plus for Four Pillars is how incredibly drinkable their gin is – the team recommend starting simply with their Rare Dry Gin and pairing it a tonic and some garnishes. The Duke’s friendly staff will be on hand to talk you through the Four Pillars varieties, including their Spiced Negroni Gin and Navy Strength Gin.
If you’re feeling classic, start with one of their gin and tonics. You’ll be able to take your pick from any Four Pillars gins and then mix it with Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic.
There are $25 gin tasting flights available with a selection of Four Pillars Gins, Herno Gin and the Four Pillars x Herno collaboration gin. You can build your own gin and tonic tasting flight by choosing three gins to mix with tonic and topping them off with a fun garnish like lemon, orange, thyme or rosemary.
Then there’s the cocktail menu – take your pick from a Navy Strength South Side (served with lime juice sugar and mint), a Spiced Negroni (with Campari, sweet red vermouth and orange), a Rare Gin Tom Collins (with lemon juice, sugar and soda) or a Barrel Aged Old Fashioned (with sugar, bitters and an orange peel).
These drinks will be available all day, every day on level one of the Duke until the end of winter. After work drinks, perhaps?