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Most of us probably don’t think about the carbon footprint of what we drink. Whether it’s beer, wine, spirits, or even something softer, chances are that what you’re tipping back is produced in a massive factory that’s plugging out some serious carbon.
But, here’s a drink where you know what you’re pouring into your glass is absolutely carbon-neutral, and it’s being made in Victoria right now.
Kinglake Distillery is located in the hills above Victoria’s Yarra Valley. The distillery was launched in 2018 by third-generation ‘Kinglakers’ Sam Lowe, and Chantal Daniels. The distillery has no power, water, gas, or telephone lines into it, with the distillery using a mix of solar and generator power for electricity, a tank for gas, and a dam for recycling water. This joint is properly off-grid.
All whiskeys are made in Kinglake, from scratch by the owners. Kinglake Distillery’s single malt is made from the mountain stream that is on the property, with 80% of barley that’s used on-site sourced from New South Wales. The copper still that the team use was handmade for them by Tasmanian still maker, Knabb Lewer.
Find Kinglake Distillery at 410 O’Grady’s Road, Kinglake.
Gold was discovered in 1861 on Mount Slide to the east of the locality at an area which became known as Mountain Rush. A Mountain Rush Post Office opened on 7 May 1862, but closed in January 1863 as the miners moved to other locations.
- Whittlesea | 28km | 28-minute drive
- Yarra Glen | 36km | 32-minute drive
- Healesville | 43km | 43-minute drive