Cape Byron Distillery has won the Excellence in Small Business Award at the 2019 Northern Rivers Regional Business Awards. Cape Byron Distillery is a family-owned and operated business and a pioneer for distilling spirits showcasing the Northern Rivers’ native botanicals, since its successful launch through a crowdfunding platform in 2016.
Eddie Brook, CEO and co-founder was delighted with the win. ‘We sold our very first bottle of Brookie’s in December 2016 to the Cellars in Bangalow, and back then it was the family and friends filling bottles. We now proudly employ 18 incredible people and this award is a testament to their passion, dedication and hard work.’
Since launching, both Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin and Brookie’s Byron Slow Gin have received numerous Australian and international recognitions within the distilled spirits industry. In December 2018, they launched a new product called Mac. by Brookie’s, made from locally sourced roasted macadamia nuts and toasted native Australian wattleseed.
Furthermore, Cape Byron Distillery recently revealed their foray into single malt whisky production with master distiller and co-founder Jim McEwan. Jim started work in August 1963 as an apprentice cooper at Bowmore and is the only distiller in the world to win Master Distiller of The Year three times. In 2014 he was the eighteenth inductee into Whisky Magazine’s Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievement.
The distillery cellar door tours at Brookie’s offer a unique experience for locals and visitors to the region, providing a guided tour of the regenerated subtropical rainforest, an expertly led tasting of the rainforest gin and an insight into the art of distillation. ‘We are educating visitors to the distillery, not just about our gin, but also about the importance of the Big Scrub Rainforest and the use of the vast array of indigenous rainforest foods that are grown on our doorstep’ says Eddie Brook.