Bill Lark, Founder of the Lark Distillery To Speak At Australia Trade Tasting

Bill LarkTasmania is ideally situated to make malt whisky, and yet 150 years after the last licensed Tasmanian distillery closed its doors, it took a whisky lover to realise the environment was perfect.

Bill Lark realised that that everything you need for a world-class whisky was in Tasmania – rich fields of barley, an abundance of wonderfully pure soft water, highland peat bogs, and the perfect climate to bring all the ingredients together in a marriage of science, art and passion.

The vision of producing Tasmanian malt whisky was born on a trout fishing trip in the highlands of Tasmania. Bill’s father in-law Max produced a wonderful bottle of single malt, and as they enjoyed a drink in the park at Bothwell, surrounded by Georgian buildings, barley fields and the gentle flowing of the Clyde River, Bill remarked to Max, “I wonder why there isn’t anyone making malt whisky in Tasmania?”

It was not long after, Bill’s casual remark had turned into a reality. Within only a few years, Bill had changed the alcohol industry in Australia, re-written distillery law and launch a multi-million dollar business Lark Distillery, which today exports around the globe with huge demand in Australia.

It was 1992 when Bill and his wife, Lyn, decided to make whisky, and legally they required a licence. However, according to the 1901 Distillation Act they had to do so in large volumes.

“So I introduced myself to our local MP Duncan Kerr and told him the problem and he got on the phone to talk to (Federal MP) Barry Jones,” Bill recalls.

Within a few months the archaic law had been amended and Bill and Lyn had their licence – the first distillery in Tasmania since 1839.

Starting out with a small distillery in nearby Richmond in 1997, in 2000 they opened a cellar door at Constitution Dock in Hobart, the same year Bill quit surveying, followed six years later by a 1ha distillery, bond store and brew house in Richmond, where they now feed Scottish highland cattle spent grain and run tours for tourists.

Today the Lark Distillery is one of Australia’s leading distilleries, producing high quality, premium spirits using traditional time honoured methods. The Distillery runs an 1800 litre copper pot still along with a 500 litre spirit still, and produces ten to twelve 100 litre barrels per month. The range of distilled products includes the flagship Single Malt Whisky, Premium Vodka, Gin, and TASI aromatica bush Liqueur.

Bill is now regarded as the grandfather or godfather of Australian whisky and we are pleased to have Bill speak at AuTT Conference.

Distilleries, Distributors, Importers, Get Inspired By Bill At AuTT Conference on 1st September.


Craft Distilleries in Australia






A List of Unique Craft Distilleries in Australia

The Australian Distillery

The Australian Distillery is Nestled amongst the picturesque rolling hills and pristine beaches of the Illawarra, The Australian Distillery produces premium world class spirits using only the finest Australian grains and the purest of waters.
Using unique blends of the finest ingredients, our spirits are hand crafted by a master distiller. Our traditional hand beaten copper pot stills capture the authentic flavours and aromas that truly reflect the highest standards of premium spirits.

Australian Spirits Distilling Co. Pty Ltd
P: 02 4234 3555, F: 02 4234 3888, M: 0422 880 727, E:

Great Southern Distilling Company

Great Southern Distilling Company is a boutique distillery, producing premium quality spirits using time honoured techniques and traditional copper pot stills.
The distillery sits on the edge of the Princess Royal Harbour in Albany on the South West coast of Western Australia.  The beauty of the region is undeniable, forests tall and rich, beaches white and endless, rain fresh from melted Antarctic snow caps.
Using locally sourced ingredients of outstanding quality they produce small batches of hand crafted spirits. Limeburners Single Malt Whisky is produced from Southern Wheat Belt barley and the white spirits are distilled using grapes from the Great Southern and Margaret River wine regions.

252 Frenchman Bay Rd.,
Robinson, Albany, WA 6330
Phone: 08 9842 5363
Mailing Address: PO Box 1597, Albany WA 6331

Lark Distillery

Lark Distillery is an Australian single malt whisky, proudly unique in character and style, crafted in small batches exclusively from pure Tasmanian ingredients, matured in small barrels, hand-bottled by whisky lovers in Tasmania for whisky lovers world-wide.

Lark Distillery was the first licensed distillery in Tasmania since 1839. It was established in 1992 to produce  Australian malt whisky, rich in character with a big finish using Tasmanian ingredients

Phone 03 6231 9088, Fax: 03 6231 9082
Address: 14 Davey Street, Hobart 7000, Tasmania, Australia

Hoochery Distillery

Don’t be fooled by imitations – Hoochery Distillery claim to make the only Rum in Western Australia, With the red-eyed crocodile representing their regalia. They urge you to ask the other rums where they were really made, distilled and bottled — they can’t say Kununurra!

Distillery Telephone: 08 9168 2467, Office Telephone: 08 9168 2122,
Office Address: 300 Weaber Plains Road, Kununurra, 6743, WA, Postal Address: Po Box 497, Kununurra, 6743, WA

The West Winds Gin

The West Winds Gin is a gin lovers gin, set apart by utilizing native botanicals like wattle seed and bush tomato and the pristine waters of Margaret River in Western Australia.

“The West Winds” name is a tribute to the ocean breezes used for centuries by sailors to cross the Indian Ocean from South Africa to the west coast of Australia and beyond in a search for the riches of the new world.

Phone: 0412 THE GIN

Kangaroo Island Spirits

Kangaroo Island Spirits makes premium Australian Gin, Vodka and Liqueurs. Their cellar door on Kangaroo Island offers tastings of our award winning range and is also the home to an 80lt copper pot still.

Premium spirits include their flagship gins; Wild Gin,O Gin and Mulberry Gin (seasonal product), as well as other spirits and liqueurs available.

856 Playford Highway
Cygnet River, South Australia, Australia
+61 408 818 012

Starward Distillery

STARWARD began with a simple vision: offer the world a modern whisky unshackled from tradition. This whisky is the culmination of nine years of research and development. Working with Australian barley and barrels they adjusted and re-adjusted distilling and maturation techniques from around the world – continually observing the influence of time, place and the natural elements.

STARWARD borrows from the past without being constrained by it, and combines it with the best Australia has to offer: barley, barrels, and climate.
This world class malt is a true reflection of the place and people who make it.

New World Whisky Distillery
181 Larkin Street
Essendon Fields VIC 3041
Tel. 03 9005 4420

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