Craft spirits on the rise in New Zealand

The worldwide craft beer phenomenon has paved the way for craft spirits. With a boom in premium products overseas, from Japanese whiskies to British gins, trailblazing Kiwi distillers are taking inspiration from the land, forging alcohol with ingredients such as manuka and homegrown malted barley – creating a taste that is uniquely New Zealand. We explore some of the country’s best multi-award […]

NZ gold medal winning Rogue Society Gin launches in Australia

Rogue Society, a highly regarded and versatile artisan dry gin coming out of New Zealand, has recently made it’s Australian debut, travelling across the ditch to bring the ever-growing domestic market something refreshingly classic yet modernised for contemporary trends. “It was about creating a gin from the bottom of the world that turns tradition upside […]

Begin Distilling – gin distillery in the heart of New Plymouth

Dave and Jo James have three core business values: make it fun, make it together and make it right. The Taranaki couple are on the cusp of launching their line of boutique London-style gin, distilled in New Plymouth using ingredients grown and sourced in Taranaki and throughout New Zealand. Their “make it right” attitude comes from their experience working […]

Dancing Sands toasts success from Kiwi products

American distiller Ben Bonoma  and his British wife Sarah are on a mission to make New Zealand famous around the world for its gin. They bought existing distillery equipment and now make around 200 bottles a day of Dancing Sands Vodka, Sacred Spring Dry Gin and barrel-aged gin. After launching to market early last year, the entrepreneurs are […]

Rogue Society putting the tang in artisan gin

Canterbury-based gin producer Rogue Society is shaking up the premium liquor market. Co-founder Daniel McLaughlin weighs in on how important product design is in this competitive retail industry. Rogue Society Gin is a super-premium gin from the bottom of the world. We launched just under three years ago, after two years of development. We’ve always had a […]

Hi-Spirits to distribute New Zealand’s Scapegrace Gin

Distilled by Rogue Society Distilling Co, Scapegrace is made from spring water sourced from the country’s Southern Alps and 12 botanicals from around the world. Its name is a traditional word for rogue or rascal, and incorporates gin’s “murky history” with a black-tinted bottle – a shape based on an antique genever bottle. Hi-Spirits managing […]

Jo James declares gin business a possible conflict of interest

A Taranaki District Health Board candidate who is setting up a gin distillery says she’s aware of the possible conflict of interest. But Jo James says not all conversations about alcohol and health have to be negative. James and her husband David are establishing New Plymouth’s very own gin distillery, Begin Distilling, and hope to […]

Foley Family Wines buys Lighthouse Gin brand

Foley Family Wines [NZX: FFW], majority owned by American businessman and vineyard owner Bill Foley, has bought the Lighthouse Gin brand for an undisclosed amount. Lighthouse is made by Greytown-based boutique distillery Greytown Fine Distillates, was founded in 2007 by Neil Catherall, who will act as a consultant to Foley Family Wines. Read more: https://www.nbr.co.nz/article/foley-family-wines-buys-lighthouse-gin-brand-bd-157534