We are an independent Australian distillery.
We take care in making our spirits. We use traditional methods, quality ingredients, tinker and taste as we go and bottle each small batch by hand.
Released late 2015, Hippocampus Gin is created using the one-shot method and is hand-bottled in small batches at our West Perth distillery. It is a traditional style gin with superb juniper character and subtle flavours from botanicals which have been used to make gin for hundreds of years. Our very first batch of Hippocampus Gin received a gold medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition so it’s fair to say we’re pretty chuffed with the result.
Our gin is made using the one-shot method (never from concentrate) and our distiller’s personal recipe. The botanicals are macerated overnight to ensure the spirit is infused with plenty of flavour and then gently distilled in our custom-made copper still. Our gin is left unfiltered as we only take the best of the ‘heart’ spirit. We simply add purified water before bottling by hand and leaving it to rest.
A dry gin with superb juniper character and subtle flavours from botanicals including orange and lemon peel, coriander and cubeb pepper. Only the best of the ‘heart’ spirit is kept to ensure the end result is a well-balanced gin with a smooth mouthfeel and a superb finish.
Hippocampus Gin ABV 41.5%
Making vodka is a bit like crafting a pilsner in the world of beer… it’s about being very disciplined, technical and finessing a delicate taste. We wanted to make our vodka from “from the ground up” so we started with the grain to ensure the base wash was spot on before distilling. Western Australian farmers have some of the best grain on the planet as the state is blessed with blue skies, clean air, healthy soil and a sustainable approach. Based on the belief the better the input the better the output, we sourced the best local wheat we could get our hands from farmers from Dumbleyung. The 100% biodynamic soft wheat forms the vodka’s base ingredient and is a seriously good starting point for a truly clean and great tasting vodka.
The wheat is fermented in small batches with filtered water to create a “wash” that is as pure and flavourful as possible. The wash is then introduced to the still, and distilled through two 10 plate copper columns, which allows for lots of interaction with the copper (to remove impurities) while producing a spirit that is super smooth. After distillation only the best of the “heart” spirit is kept and the rest is discarded, including the heads and tails. Because only the heart is kept, there is no need to filter the spirit and this ensures that maximum character, a soft texture and the delicate flavour of the wheat is retained in the finished product. Finally, we blend the spirit with purified water, bottle by hand and left to rest before release. It is a labour intensive process, but one that we believe sets our product apart by allowing us maximum control over every aspect of the process.
It took almost 9 months of tinkering with the ingredients, recipe and distillation process to fine-tune our vodka. The result is rich, smooth and distinctly Australian vodka crafted from the ground up.
Hippocampus Vodka, ABV 40%
We recently applied the finishing touches to our distillery bar and cellar door in West Perth and have swung open the iron gates to the public.
Pop in to gain an insider understanding of our hand-crafted distillation process (you may even see distiller Alex in action), have a tasting or purchase a bottle direct from the source
SOAK-UP the atmosphere in our beautiful distillery and learn how we create our spirits from the ground up. Ask a question or have a tour.
SAMPLE our craft-distilled vodka and gin whilst overlooking Kylie, our custom-made copper pot still.
SIP on classic cocktails, craft beers or local wine and enjoy a selection of antipasto.
The distillery is open to the public from 1PM Tuesday to Saturday, and for private tours and corporate functions by appointment (see Tours & Functions)
Visit Us: 19 Gordon Street, West Perth (across from Gordon Street Garage)
Call Us: (08)9212 6209
Email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whenever our cellar door is open you are free to pop in to observe the distillery in action and enjoy a gin or vodka tasting and a cocktail.
If you would like a more detailed understanding of our distillation process we offer ‘Spirit School’ each fortnight on a Wednesday evening. The evening includes a guided spirit tasting, a brief history of distilling, a run-down on the Hippocampus distillation process and Q&A time. A Hippocampus gin & tonic or vodka & mixer is also included so you can relax and enjoy our unique space. Spirit School is $35p/p and runs from 6.30pm until 8pm.
Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery is also available for corporate functions and private events by appointment. We have a number pre-determined options available or bespoke packages including tastings, drinks per head and antipasto platters can be curated to suit your needs. Please contact email@example.com for more information or call Gemma on (08) 9212 6209
Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery
We are an independent Australian distillery founded in 2014 by a group of West Australian spirit enthusiasts who share a passion for handcrafted, quality spirits. Our reason for being is simple: to craft superb Australian spirits, the traditional way. We take care in making our spirits. We use traditional methods, quality ingredients, taste and tinker as we go and bottle each small batch by hand.
Our beautiful copper still was custom-made in Germany by the family-owned company Carl who have been making artisan distilleries for 140 years.
The 450 litre copper pot still is steam driven, to provide gentle and uniform heating which gives maximum control over the distilling process and allows us to preserve the essence of the grain.
The two ten plate distillation columns can be reconfigured at will to provide maximum flexibility and allow us to experiment with a variety of spirit styles. This flexibility and the ability to taste and tinker throughout the distillation process is an important part of the Hippocampus philosophy and ensures the highest quality, handcrafted spirits are the result.
Our distiller, Alex, studied Pharmacology and Biochemistry at university before a chance meeting took him to Norway where he worked in a remote brewery and micro-distillery. This experience ignited a passion for creating handcrafted-spirits and after returning to Perth he became our distiller at Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery.
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To enjoy a Hippocampus tipple at your local bar or restaurant get in touch with us and we will direct you to where our vodka and gin is being enjoyed near you.
Visit Us: 19 Gordon Street, West Perth, WA 6005 (across from Gordon Street Garage)
We are open Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm.
Call Us: (08) 9212 6209
Email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org
08 9212 6209
0431 127 220
0421 056 039