Who's New in the Brew?

Published on 01 September 2018

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Following a boom in craft beers comes the new trend, craft gin. So where can you uncover these treasures in Rocky?

Saleyards Distillery 

September marked one full year of trading for Saleyards Distillery, the one and only distillery located here in Rockhampton. For those of you who haven’t yet taken a swig of their famous Billy Goats Gin or Capricorn Spiced Rum, you’re definitely missing out.

The iconic mixes are distilled and bottled onsite at their distillery on Gladstone Road, which is something very special for our region.

The Saleyards Distillery has become a popular new hangout for locals looking for a tasty experience with mates. With the Billy Goats Gin and Capricorn Spiced Rum the pick of the menu. The distillery also offers rotating taps of other locally brewed beers by The Crafty Fox Brewers. There are 8 different crafts to choose from at a time, and these are rotated every fortnight to keep the excitement of exploring a new brew alive.

Billy Goat Gin.jpgWith a taste that is sure to leave you wanting more, it is no wonder the Saleyards Distillery have already started to add some awards to their trophy cabinet. Billy Goat’s Gin was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, which is known to be the most influential competition in the world. The awards didn’t stop there with their aged gin, Wise Old Goat, also bringing home the goods with a bronze medal. But this is just the start for the Saleyards Distillery - there are plenty more exciting things to come.

The dedication and hard work to build The Saleyards Distillery name and brand has been supported on a number of fronts. Owners Warren and Catie Brewer have been the visionaries whilst Carla and Simon Di Felice have put their hearts and souls into managing the day to day operations of the business. After relocating from Melbourne to Rockhampton, Carla says that it has been a massive change but they are absolutely loving it so far. They are really passionate about the products they are creating and can’t wait to see them make their way into more bars and stores across the nation.

Have you ever wondered how a craft spirit is distilled? Well now you can get the inside knowledge from local experts.

Saleyards Distillery run free tours of the distillery every Tuesday to Sunday by appointment. The tours last half an hour and are a great way to learn about the process of distillation. Upon completion you will be treated with a sample of some of Queensland’s finest spirits.

Accommodation is also available onsite at the distillery for anyone who is planning a big night or for those just needing a place to stay when they visit the region.

If you are a visitor, tourist or a Rockhampton local, be sure to make a date with friends to try out some of the best spirits you will ever taste made right here in the Rockhampton Region - we promise you won’t be disappointed.




Headricks Lane

Local brews are starting to become a trend with more people choosing to opt for a local brew, especially tourists who are keen to try something new at every destination. What better way to help make memories in our region, but to offer them a taste of our locally brewed delights.



With that being said, it’s not just the tourists who love a new taste, the locals love it as well. One of Rockhampton’s favourite establishments, Headricks Lane, have commenced brewing onsite with an official launch anticipated soon with core lines expected to hit taps within weeks.

You only have to look at the starting line of beers on tap at any modern pub to be able to see firsthand how consumer tastes are changing. The big traditional brands that have been mainstays for generations are making way for smaller breweries.

Headricks Lane Event Manager Eileen is excited by the commencement of the brewing, “Brewing onsite and allowing guests direct access to Head Brewer Alex Taubert gives Headricks Lane yet another unique offering for signature events in the region.”

“Our beer will be a unique blend of local and imported ingredients. It will have a balanced malt and fresh citus aroma with a crisp and refreshing taste,” she said.

The craft beer will be exclusively available on tap from Headricks Lane.