Raise A Glass To Norwest As Hills Distilling Co. Brings Bespoke Spirits Home

Drink, Sydney / 19 March 2024
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Raise A Glass To Norwest As Hills Distilling Co. Brings Bespoke Spirits Home

Drink, Sydney / 19 March 2024

The Hills District just got a whole lot more spirited.

For residents of Sydney’s Hills District, a new chapter in local libations has begun. Hills Distilling Co., the first distillery to call the area home, has opened its doors in Rouse Hill. This venture by Momento Hospitality, a hospitality group deeply rooted in the Hills for over four decades, marks a return to handcrafted excellence and a celebration of local flavours.

The distillery itself is a testament to functionality and aesthetics. Designed by Archebiosis architects, the space features an industrial feel softened by a colour palette inspired by the botanicals used in their spirits. The ground floor houses the Cellar Door, a welcoming bar area where visitors can sample the distillery’s creations.

Hills Distilling Co making cocktail

But the magic truly happens on the mezzanine level. This is where the heart of the operation lies – gleaming stainless steel tanks for blending stand alongside rows of wooden barrels patiently maturing for future releases. Here, the distillery team meticulously crafts their spirits, using a combination of time-honoured techniques and innovative approaches.
Hills Distilling Co. takes pride in its focus on locally sourced ingredients. Their flagship gin, “Article No. 9,” exemplifies this philosophy. Juniper berries provide the foundation, the cornerstone of a classic London Dry gin. But the magic lies in the subtle nuances that follow. Cascara berries, a byproduct of coffee processing, add a touch of sweetness reminiscent of dried fruits. Coriander seed lends a gentle spice, while the inclusion of native wattle seed imparts a unique roasted richness, grounding the gin with an undeniably Australian character.

Every bottle of Hills Distilling Co. spirit reflects this dedication to quality and local flair. Filled, polished, and labelled by hand, each bottle bears the mark of the maker, a personal touch that speaks volumes about their commitment to the craft.

For those seeking a deeper understanding of the distilling process, Hills Distilling Co. offers engaging experiences on Thursdays. Guided tours led by their passionate distillers take visitors on a journey through the fascinating world of spirit creation. Explore the inner workings of the distillery, from the gleaming tanks to the rows of ageing barrels, and gain firsthand insights into the meticulous steps involved. To complete the experience, enjoy a selection of cheese and charcuterie pairings, perfectly complementing the botanical notes of their spirits.

Fridays at Hills Distilling Co. are all about celebrating the finished product. The Cellar Door transforms into a vibrant space for tastings. Sample their range of spirits, from the juniper-forward gin to the smooth vodka and the intriguing Australian white malt (a collaboration with neighbouring Australian Brewing Co.). Explore their selection of premium mixers and delve into their cocktail menu, showcasing the versatility of their spirits.

To add a delightful culinary touch, Chef Sebastian Tan from JINJA, the acclaimed Cantonese restaurant, curates a rotating menu of handmade dumplings, offering a delicious accompaniment to the drinks.

Hills Distilling Co. offers a welcoming and informative experience. their commitment to local ingredients, innovative techniques, and artisanal craftsmanship shines through in every bottle. So, next time you’re in the Hills District, raise a glass to a new chapter in local libations and discover the spirit of the Hills.

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