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'
- to bear down, stay the course
- 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Q1: Do I need any prior experience in distilling to attend the Gin School?
Not at all! Our Gin School is designed for participants of all levels, from beginners to gin enthusiasts. Our expert guides will provide all the information and support you need to craft your own bottle of gin.
Q2: How long does the gin-making class last?
The entire experience lasts approximately 3 hours. This includes an introduction to distillation, a gin tasting session, the botanical selection and weighing process, the distillation period, and finally, bottling and labeling your creation.
Q3: What do I get to take home from the class?
At the end of the class, you will take home a 500ml bottle of your very own handcrafted gin, complete with your personalized label. You'll also leave with a wealth of knowledge about the art of gin making!
Q4: Can I bring a friend or family member with me?
Yes, you are welcome to bring a guest. However, please note that each distillation station is designed for individual participation. If your guest would like to participate in the gin-making process, they would need to book their own spot.
Q5: Is there an age restriction to attend the Gin School?
Yes, participants must be 18 years of age or older to attend the Gin School, in compliance with legal drinking age regulations.
Q6: How can I book a session at the Gin School?
You can book your session directly through our website. Just click the "Book Now" button, select your preferred date and time, and secure your spot. If you have any issues or need assistance, feel free to contact us directly.
Q7: Can I gift a session at the Gin School?
Absolutely! A session at Hold Fast Distillery Gin School makes for a unique and memorable gift. Contact us for more information on how to purchase a gift voucher.
Q8: What safety measures are in place at the distillery?
Your safety is our top priority. We adhere to the highest safety standards and provide all necessary safety equipment. Our staff are thoroughly trained and will guide you through the entire process to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.