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Gin’s trending. Big time.

Know what you like but aren’t sure why you like it? If that sounds like you, your answers lie right in the heart of the city, at the home of one of Australia’s most awarded distilleries — Prohibition Liquor Co. What’s fast becoming everybody’s favourite tipple can be enjoyed year-round; with the warmer months the perfect time for a refreshing “shower in a glass”.

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The name’s a throwback to the way of the world in the 1920s. Nearly 100 years later, what started as a side-hustle in 2015 for Wes Heddles and Adam Carpenter in a backyard garage, went from small-batch craft gin distillery to taking the world by storm. A truck full of international gin and spirits awards in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas and London created serious demand for their product — and in turn, an urgent need to upsize from their garage to a commercial site on Gilbert Street.

“Now, it’s a city-based distillery that you can visit and get to know everything there is to know about gin,” says Adam.

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Gilbert Street has become a destination for people wanting something different. “It’s a great little community, and we
have a lot of first-name conversations,” says Wes. But don’t start picturing an episode of Cheers, with only the occasional new face walking in the door. They host weddings, cocktail classes, gin masterclasses, painting classes, gin blending classes, gin and yoga classes, and even ping pong tournaments where members can fight it out for a bottle of top-shelf Prohibition Gin. They also do gin flights and masterclasses aboard the iconic Popeye on the River Torrens over summer. Now, there’s an idea for a staff catch-up or end-of-year party!

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The cafe attracts people earlier in the day, when the distillery and tasting room aren’t open. A tasty menu of light bites accompanies your coffee and, of course, your gin. Think pastries, croissants, cakes or sweet treats, salads and sandwiches.

And when the tasting room opens, staff can walk you through the history of the gin, the botanicals and how to garnish them all — from their classic Bathtub Cut Gin, Shiraz Barrel Aged Gin, Navy Strength and brand-new Juniperus; to their dark pink Moonlight Gin, and the vibrant Blood Orange Gin and Blood Orange Cello featuring fresh juice that goes from Loxton orchard to bottle in four days flat! The tasting room menu is the perfect pairing, featuring sliders, toasties, cheese platters, antipasto, tapas and more.

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“It’s an education centre, and not just for our gin, but for gin in general,” says Wes. You can book any of their distillery experiences via the website.



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