Mikey Enright, Julian Train and Tim Stones are the founders of Hickson House Distilling, which is coming to Sydney CBD in June 2021.
They joined us on the Drinks Adventures podcast to reveal some further detail on the exciting project, a full-scale production distillery located in the historic Rocks precinct.
Mikey and Julian are the people behind The Barber Shop – renowned for its selection of more than 700 gins – and The Duke of Clarence, their incredibly authentic homage to an English pub.
The hospitality veterans have teamed up with distiller Tim Stones, most recently of Manly Spirits in Sydney.
Tim learnt his craft alongside master distiller Desmond Payne at Beefeater Gin in London, who we met in Season Two of this podcast.
Hickson House will be producing gins, aperitifs, whiskies and specialist spirits crafted with locally-sourced ingredients, such as native botanicals from The Loch farm in Berrima, NSW.
There will be immersive, experiential tours, culminating with tastings, a spirit store and private dining experiences; with a mezzanine lounge sitting above an expansive bar, serving bespoke cocktails alongside a botanical-inspired menu.
The total business covers 450 square metres with 180sqm dedicated to the bar, kitchen and mezzanine area.
The space is designed by Sydney’s Steel & Stitch and Sara Mathers from the UK, working together to create a New York warehouse style bar beside an active distillery.
As you’ll hear in this episode, some of the other details are still under wraps. I did what I could to get as much info as possible for you.
Now, as there are more voices in this episode than we’re accustomed to, it probably helps to tell you that Julian is the one with the Australian accent.
But it’s Mikey you’ll hear from first up, giving you the background on how the project was first conceived.