Daniel Motlop: From AFL star to craft spirits entrepreneur – S9E5

Seven Seasons Spirits founder Daniel Motlop

We’re joined this episode of the podcast by former AFL star Daniel Motlop, founder of Seven Seasons Spirits, which champions Australian native ingredients.

If you’re a fan of Australian Rules football, you’ll surely know the name Daniel Motlop.

A three-time Indigenous All-Star, Daniel played a total of 130 senior games for the North Melbourne and Port Adelaide football clubs.

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Daniel is a proud Larrakia man. The Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the Darwin region in Australia’s Northern Territory.

And since finishing playing footy, Daniel has embarked on a new career as an indigenous food and beverage entrepreneur.

You may have heard previously on this podcast how Daniel – through his food business Something Wild – created his first spirit, Green Ant Gin, in partnership with Adelaide Hills Distillery’s Sacha La Forgia.

Green Ant Gin has been hugely successful. And in April 2020, the ASX-listed company now known as Mighty Craft purchased a controlling interest in the brand to work with Daniel in accelerating its growth.

They’ve recently announced that Green Ant Gin is just the first in a range of products they’ll be releasing under a new banner, Seven Seasons Spirits.

And I took the opportunity to ask Daniel’s opinion on some of the ethical considerations involved with using native ingredients in drinks, as many Australian producers rush to embrace these incredibly unique flavours.

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