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  • 21 Jun 2023 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Planning is underway for the Queensland Distiller's Showcase, which will be held in Bundaberg over two days Friday 26th October and Saturday 27th October 2023.

    The planned agenda for the showcase is:

    • Friday - Lunch and Tour - Bundaberg Distilling Company Tour
    • Friday - Casual Drinks & Dinner + Meet the Distillers
    • Saturday - QDA showcase of Queensland’s craft distilling products at Kalki Moon Distilling Company, 22 Commercial Street, Bundaberg (2pm – 8pm)

  • 21 Jun 2023 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The build of the Queensland Distillery Trail website is well underway. To make sure your distillery is listed at launch, please ensure you've completed the information form here as soon as possible:


    For any questions about the distillery trail, please reach out to Teagan Peake

  • 21 Jun 2023 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In a big win for Queensland Distillers, the 2024 Australian Distillers Association Conference will be held in Brisbane at the RNA Showgrounds. This will be a great opportunity to showcase Queensland's top shelf craft spirits.

  • 21 Jun 2023 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the QDA June professional development seminar, we'll be hearing from Dominique Lamb, QLD Small Business Commissioner. The seminar will be hosted via Microsoft Teams, which can be downloaded at the link below:

    Link to install Microsoft Teams
    Link to join Team Meetings
    Link to download a calendar invite for the meeting

  • 21 Jun 2023 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Being featured on the soon to be launched QDA Distillery Trail is a key benefit of membership. Please ensure you have completed your profile ASAP via this google form to ensure you are listed on launch:

    Distillery Trail Profile

  • 21 Jun 2023 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Queensland Government is in the process of updating its Craft Brewing Strategy (including renaming the strategy to include distillers), and you should have recently received a survey to provide input. This represents a great opportunity to have our voice as an industry heard, including the common goals that we’ve been working on as the QDA.

    As a refresher, here are some of the key points QDA has been advocating for with the QLD government.

    • The need for strategic government investment in the distilling industry, with $6 million dollars sought over 3 years, to fund initiatives like distillery door and export readiness grants.
    • The need for a formal distilling trade training program to ensure we have a capable, best in the world workforce to run QLD’s craft distilleries. The Cert III in distilling to be piloted this year is the important first step in this.
    • The need for better retail market access for craft distillers. The proposed trial of sales of QLD Artisan Liquor via independent grocers is a key step to allow Queenslanders to discover and enjoy the world class spirits being made in their own state.
    • The need for a smarter approach to regulatory change that can have a disproportionate impact on a young craft distilling industry. This includes exempting artisan producers from the container refund scheme, and a sensible approach for online alcohol delivery.

    Please make sure you take the opportunity the survey provides, including sharing how the above points can support your own business to grow, provide more employment and contribute to the QLD economy.

  • 21 Jun 2023 1:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As part of our engagement as the QDA, we are wanting to build a stock of VIP gifts. This will enable QDA committee members lobbying government and industry to offer VIP gifts as goodwill. Grandad Jack's Distillery has generously volunteered to store and prepare VIP gifts using bottles donated by members around the state.

    If you are interested in providing a few bottles for the VIP gift stock, please send bottles, along with a personalised note about the bottle and distillery, using the details below:

    To: David Ridden

    Re: QDA VIP Gifts

    Address: Grandad Jack's Craft Distillery, 45 Lemana Ln, Miami QLD 4220.

  • 17 Apr 2023 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some great news for one of our QDA foundation members over the weekend! Tamborine Mountain Distillery has won the 'Brandy of the Year' Award at the 2023 London Spirits Competition.

    General Manager (and QDA committee member), Gordon Chalmers, described it as a very humbling experience as there were over 4,000 entries from over 80 countries taking part.

    Congratulations to the Tamborine Mountain Distilling team!

    It is also a great result for Queensland craft distilling to show we can produce world-class spirits!

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