We know you’ll agree that back in 2018, when Granddad Jacks opened in the backstreets of Miami’s arts and industrial precinct, there was a collective swoon movement across our Coast. And since then, the distillery headed up by father and son duo, David and Luke Ridden has surfed a gin-infused movement that has seen Australia’s taste for boutique artisan-produced gin skyrocket.
If you’ve visited their craft distillery in Miami (if you haven’t, we strongly suggest you do STAT), you’ll be familiar with their modern yet vintage-styled venue and approach to producing craft spirits. Whereby they regularly host thirsty hordes and teach the fine art of distilling with intimate distillery tours. And you probably won’t find a better place to taste and learn as Granddad Jacks has been awarded multiple accolades, including a double gold medal from non-other than the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Awards.
So, in order to share the love, Granddad Jacks has only gone and opened themselves a brand spanking new venue in Brisbane, which promises the same world-class drinks experience but with a capital city feel.
The new space can be found on the backstreets of down-to-earth and industrial Albion in Brisbane’s inner northeast and is focused on being a welcoming community-driven hub for locals and visitors alike to mingle and appreciate carefully curated craft spirits.
Upon entry, you’ll realise a lot of effort has been put into ensuring this venue mirrors the same laid-back and antiquated vibes of their Miami headquarters. Bare red bricks, leather Chester lounges, and a polished concrete floor help instil the essence of what Granddad Jacks is all about, and if you happen to forget for a second, you might just catch the eye of his hand-painted mural behind the bar — a man whose life was well-lived.
The focus has also been to create a space hinging its makeup on being eco-friendly and sustainably put together. Whilst the original distillery has its Barbershop within the distillery, the Albion venue features a Greenhouse area to the rear. A very poignant inclusion for the business as Grandad Jack himself was an avid gardener throughout his life — and we’ve heard whispers this space may increase in size… so watch this space.
From the Greenhouse, the guys are keen to grow as much as they can on-site by way of herbs and botanicals for the distilling process and to help make/garnish all of those delicious cocktails we know and love about Granddad Jacks. They’re utilising state-of-the-art aeroponic gardens, which use hydroponic technology to grow plants with the utmost sustainability: saving the planet one cocktail at a time. — We are all about that!
To keep things interesting, the crew have gone about making and releasing an exclusive gin to their Brisbane venue. Inspired by Albion’s historical past and when Market Gardens populated the lower-lying marshlands, supplying the town with most of their fresh produce. The Albion Gin incorporates locally sourced Pink Oyster mushrooms, Basil, Soy sauce, Ginger, Coriander, Orris root and Juniper to create an artistically balanced savoury gin.
You can also expect to see monthly limited releases and a slew of unique cocktails which you will only find served here — sorry Gold Coasters. Expect the Not So Tom Collins with Penny Vodka, butterfly pea syrup, lemon juice, blossom tonic and the Buttered Up with lashings of Albion Gin, orgeat, lemon ginger & mushroom butter, salted basil, and pear syrup.
If you fancy something a little different, the Albion site will also be brewing up a small amount of beer on-site as well — perfect if you feel like a palate cleanser before getting into the good stuff.
Open Thursday through to Sunday Granddad Jacks Brisbane welcome kidlets and dogs with open arms and encourage you to BYO food from several local businesses like nearby Fonzie Abbott, who put together some amazing burgers and pizzas.
It now looks like you have a viable reason to hotfoot it to the River City — so go on, we won’t tell anybody.
Hours: Thursday — Sunday, 3pm — 9.30pm
Where: 26 Collingwood Street, Albion, Brisbane
Words by Alex Mitcheson.