Itinerant Spirits Distillery opens in the historic Ballarat train station precinct 

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Itinerant Spirits Distillery opens in the historic Ballarat train station precinct 

Words by Staff Writer

Explore the craft of distilling, perfect your cocktail recipes, and immerse yourself in the world of spirits right here at Itinerant Spirits, Ballarat's newest and most exciting destination distillery.

Ballarat’s iconic train station precinct just got a major boost in spirits with the arrival of Itinerant Spirits, the city’s latest multi-spirit distillery. Tucked away within the historic 160-year-old Ballarat Goods Shed, this world-class distillery is concocting three exceptional spirits – Gallivanter Gin, Vansetter Vodka, and Wayfarer Whiskey, all infused with a generous dose of local pride.

The key to their distinctive flavour? Locally sourced grains, botanicals, and the pure volcanic spring water from Ballarat itself.

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The brainchild of Brad Wilson, owner of Little Lon Distillery in Melbourne, and Craig Ryan, this 140-seat venue is not just a distillery; it’s a multi-spirit destination for locals, travellers, and spirit enthusiasts.

Presenting a unique atmosphere where modern aesthetics seamlessly blend with vintage charm, here, you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail in the splendid heritage building, share stories with friends, unwind with a dram in the dedicated whiskey den, or host a party in the upstairs area with a fantastic view of the entire space, including their striking copper stills.

All the whiskey, gin, and vodka products are expertly manufactured and served from the Goods Shed using locally grown ingredients, and they are proofed with nearby volcanic spring water. These products will be distributed nationwide and exported internationally, showcasing the capacity to manufacture over one million bottles each year. The team at Itinerant Spirits is passionate about all things spirits and is ready to guide you through their menu, suggesting perfect pairings.

Itinerant Spirits’ Spirits include the Gallivanter Gin, which is a delightfully juniper-forward gin with bright citrus, creamy lemon, grapefruit, and unique botanicals from Victoria’s Grampians; the Vansetter Vodka which is a rich, smooth, and well-rounded vodka meticulously crafted for balance and purity, made from local Western Victorian grains; and the Wayfarer Whiskey, which is a unique whiskey made using the grains-on distilling method for full and rich flavour, currently ageing in barrels.


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But that’s not all – Itinerant Spirits offers a delectable menu featuring mouthwatering pizzas, cheese and charcuterie boards, and a variety of share plates from neighbouring Atlantic Group restaurants, Nolan’s and Boomtime Dumplings.

With its heritage setting and carefully crafted spirits, Itinerant Spirits is more than just a distillery; it’s an experience worth seeking out. Stationed in a heritage train goods shed in Ballarat, it’s a multi-spirit destination designed to play host to locals, travellers, tourists, and spirit enthusiasts. This new distillery adds an exciting dimension to Ballarat’s historic train station precinct.

Ready for a distillery experience worth the journey? Visit Itinerant Spirits at Lydiard Street North, Soldiers Hill, VIC 3350. Whether you’re a seasoned spirit enthusiast or simply looking for a great place to relax, this multi-spirit destination in the heart of Ballarat, Western Victoria, is the perfect stop.

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