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About Us

Our home is in the bowels of the Braidwood Hotel which is over 170 years old. The space was dug out over time and capitalised for us. This was no easy feat, but glad to be established in the basement of Braidwood’s oldest pub.

We are a veteran owned and operated business and highly focused on supporting the community of Braidwood and any other good cause. With over 70 years of combined maritime service it was a natural reason why we have kept a nautical theme to our name and label. We have a passion for crafting exceptional quality Whisky, Gin, Vodka and Liqueurs. We remain true to our craft with everything man handled in the production to hand written labels.

Our 500L still called Johne. Which is a 4 Stage Column Still with a hybrid heating system of either direct steam or electric water bath. This gives us a balanced & uniformed heating around the boiler eliminating the burning or scolding of botanicals or wash.

This in turn bring a better extraction of flavour from the botanicals and allows us to have a more unique profile in our production. Also this gives us exceptional fusion of flavour with our spirit, allowing us to have a better bodied Gin.

Our process is unique in approach as it’s a combination of a variety of processes from around the world. Firstly we focus on sourcing the best produce from Australia and where we can’t we get the best stuff internationally. Our distilling process are Scottish while or approach to blending is Japanese.

Origin of the name 'Hold Fast'



  1.  to bear down, stay the course
  2.  continue to believe in or adhere to an idea or principle “when times get tough one needs to Hold Fast and ride it out”


To stay strong, do what is right, see it through, no surrender, stay true, continue to believe, this too shall pass, grit it out.

'Hold Fast' is a nautical term that has its origins from the Dutch word “houd vast” which translate to “Hold Tight” in regards to holding securely to ships ropes and rigging.

Throughout history, sailors have tattooed these 8 letters onto their knuckles to remind them that they can get through any storm as long as they hold fast both physically and mentally. 

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