ABOUT REED & CO
MEET THE REED & THE CO
Hamish Nugent and Rachel Reed are the owners/creators/makers behind Reed & Co Distillery. As reputable ex-chefs, Hamish & Rachel put quality and balanced flavours at the core of the product and distillery experience.
The goal for them is simple; to create great quality drinks that they enjoy, and share them with others.
Pushing the craft and uncovering and discovering new techniques is where these distillers like to play. That is exactly how it started. Inspired by the surrounding landscape the ex-chefs were experimenting with distillation techniques to manipulate flavour in their dishes using local botanicals. In 2016 they installed their first copper still, Molly, on the premises of their awarded restaurant (Tani). The same botanicals they were using in the plate went on to produce what was then one of the first native bush gins in Australia- Remedy Small Batch.
Since then, they have gone on to produce unique refined and balanced craft spirits like Gin & Juice alternative gin, NEO Yuzu New World Gin, and locally produced Yuzushu and alternative Koji spirits.
THE DISTILLERY & THE CRAFT
The still room houses 2 Copper stills Molly & Mabel as well as a cold vacuum still. We are currently in the middle of a build for a 2nd manufacturing distillery which will house our new vacuum still for the production of Shochu and other koji spirits.
WHAT WE MAKE
The spirit making process happens onsite, so there are botanicals, tanks, barrels and lab tests a plenty filling up the space. We are proud to say that we do all of our own fermentation on site. So you will often see koji production taking place out the back, and many long ferments bubbling away getting ready for distillation.
15 WILLS STREET, BRIGHT
The distillery was originally established in 2016 at our hatted Good Food regional restaurant of the year, Tani Eat & Drink. The restaurant doors were closed in 2017 to make room for Reed & Co Distillery at our 15 Wills Street space, situated in the centre of Bright.
An unassuming building, a former mechanics workshop, has been transformed into a welcoming local with indoor and outdoor seating. The space encompasses a distillery door, bar, and is shared with friends & local family business- Sixpence Coffee.
THE DISTILLERY DOOR & BAR
Reed & Co Distillery door & Bar welcomes you to 15 Wills Street to enjoy cocktails, spirits tastings and the distillery door bottle shop.
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BRIGHT, VIC HIGH COUNTRY
We are located in the picturesque Alpine town of Bright, surrounded by mountains, rivers, bush and pine forests. Bright is situated in Victoria's high country, just 3.5 hours out of Melbourne's CBD.
Bright is a getaway destination all throughout the year, as it is the perfect spot to take advantage of access to Victoria's alps, national parks, and home-grown food and wine.
It is a must-visit destination for outdoor enthusiasts and casual getaways alike with great accommodation & outdoor activity in every season including cycling, kayaking or bushwalking in the warmer seasons. Of course it is well known as the perfect base for a trip to the snow at Mt Hotham or Falls Creek in the winter.
For those who just want to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings, Autumn is the perfect time to visit to enjoy the changing colours of the landscape, witnessing the deciduous trees in their autumnal splendour.
The Ovens river becomes a summer water playground as the weather warms up and is a popular spot for people to unwind.
Our distillery sits right in the heart of town alongside breweries, cellar doors, cafes and restaurants.
DISTILLING OUR LANDSCAPE
Reed & Co are creatives, distillers, and makers. Reed & Co honour the value of knowledge, passion, and time that goes into developing skills and techniques as a true artisan craft distillery. Equal parts wild and refined, we like to go to the space where art meets science to produce the perfect drink.
The High Country landscape inspired us to make our very first spirit, Remedy Australian Dry Gin. It's a true bush gin that represents the place it is from and craft of its makers. Place, quality and craft remain at the heart of everything we do.
We can't help but be inspired by the valley, mountains, rivers, pine forest, and bushland. This is reflected in every spirit, in every bottle. We create from nature, both wild and nurtured to produce flavours that are unashamedly North East