If there is one thing the Gold Coast did not have that it absolutely needed, it was a vodka distillery creating a tipple that is unlike any other you’ve had the pleasure of sipping before. But guess what friends? That situation exists no longer thanks to a new Southport venue that is indeed creating a tipple that is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before.
It’s called Panezski Artisan Distillery, it can be found on Bailey Ave and you’re absolutely going to want to stop in there ASAP to sample not one but three types of locally made vodka, two types of gin and even a couple of beers.
The newbie is the work of husband and wife team, Paul and Vanessa who started the business because they wanted to buy their son a gin distilling kit for his birthday, he wasn’t keen (why), so they decided they were.
Love that Aussie/Polish spirit. Get it, spirit. Anyway. Vanessa’s family hails from Poland (we think royalty) and Polish people love vodka. Same. So here we are.
They’ve created a rye version, which was our fave, a wheat version and an aged version, all of which are absolutely delicious, easy to drink and quite likely, your new favourite thing.
There’s also a dry gin, a citrus gin and even a triple sec and you can buy all of those inside the sweet little speakeasy-style space.
You can also sip cocktails including a Polish Moscow Mule which is very unlike (and much better than) a usual Moscow Mule plus other delights like a Raspberry Martini, an Elderflower Fix and a Blackberry Breeze.
You can also get cheese and dip platters to eat while you’re there and you can sip a Polish beer that hasn’t been in existence for quite some time.
Not only can you pop in for a quiet sip or two on any given day, you can also hire out the cosy, low-lit space for hens parties, engagements and pretty much any gathering of the like. And it’s perfect because, the entire space will be yours PLUS there’s never ending alcohol. Great.
Panezski are creating a higher end product in both your usual 700ml bottles and a soon-to-be-released four pack of 200ml bottles so you can try a few types and choose a fave.
We’re absolutely loving seeing Gold Coast locals creating brands from scratch, particularly when those brands are alcohol related.
Which is why you need to pop on into Panezski Artisan Distillery as soon as possible, learn a thing or two about distilling spirits from people who have had a crash course and sample a few exceptional sips.
LOCATION: Unit 7/55 Bailey Crescent, Southport
HOURS: Friday 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 2pm to 7pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm
Words and photos by Kirra Smith