Welcome to Beenleigh Artisan Distillery

OPEN 7 DAYS

Unfortunately due to current circumstances our tours, experiences, and tastings are taking a temporary break. We’ll let you know when they’re up and running again.

Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Tours run Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30am, with the last tour at 2:30pm. For tours outside of these times, please contact us in advance.
Tastings available daily at any time.

VISIT THE DISTILLERY

TOUR INFORMATION

Some important information for your tour:
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour time.
  • The maximum group size for tours is 20 people. For larger groups, please contact us in advance.
  • All visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
  • All tour guests must wear closed-toe shoes (no thongs or sandals) as a safety requirement.
  • It is a Health & Safety requirement that tour guests must not consume alcohol prior to taking the tour.
  • Our Distillery tours visit production areas, and include obstacles as to be expected within a working distillery. Please advise on arrival, or when booking, if you have any mobility issues.
  • Following your tour, adult guests aged 18 years and over are also invited to participate in a tasting experience, sampling various products from the Beenleigh range.

HEAR FROM VISITORS

  •   Excellent tours of the Distillery which has an extensive and interesting history, especially for visitors either from other other areas or Australian States, or from overseas.

    Souvenirs are not... read more

    jacquade
    1/08/2020
  •   Loved this tour and now am loving the souvenir bottle of Honey Bee Run. Who knew there were so many varieties? This one suits my sweet tooth but there... read more

    gordonjean99
    3/21/2019
  •   We had a great time there. The staff are so lovely and helpful. We ordered a limited edition box and it is a quality product. Can’t wait to come back... read more

    Leeleelily
    10/12/2019
  •   The Beenleigh Artisan Rum Distillary is certainly worth a visit if you want to see a little bit of local history and how Beenleigh Rum is made at one of... read more

    Peter J
    4/03/2019
  •   We had lived in the area for some 15 years and never took a tour there, moved away from the area 11 years ago. We booked our tour which was... read more

    BrissyChippy
    1/17/2020
  •   The tour guide was very informative and interesting. Told the story of how Beenleigh Artisan Distillery came into being. How the place also survived the floods and carried on (not... read more

    Dirna T
    1/15/2020
  •   After over an hour drive from our accommodation to Beenleigh Artisan Distillery
    we arrived in time for our booked tour,which was 10_30am today (Monday)the tour was booked and paid... read more

    O8907FFpaulab
    3/02/2020
  •   We loved the tour and experience... Jasmine conducted the tour and was very informative and we highly recommend everybody to try this distillery tour experience....

    Dilan1988
    5/15/2019
  •   Beenleigh Distillery is the oldest continuously licensed distillery in Australia and produces Australian style rum (a variation on English style rum). It was lots of fun taking the guided... read more

    Kangaroo324
    1/22/2020
  •   Who would have thought we had this amazing, award winning distillery in our own back yard!!

    Our tour guide did a fantastic job bringing the history of this hidden... read more

    383grahamj
    1/05/2020
paula b
paula b
2020-03-01
After over an hour drive from our accommodation to Beenleigh Artisan Distillery we arrived in time for our booked tour,which was 10_30am today (Monday)the tour was booked and paid for through your website only to be told that they DO NOT DO TOURS ON Monday and Tuesday After a few words with the management we were given a personalised tour with the Distillerey Manager , he had to leave other important tasks to accommodate us and to accommodate YOU You need to ensure your tour booking information is up to date and correct if not you would be processing a claim from us not only for the tour but the time and effort your company put us through
Kangaroo324
Kangaroo324
2020-01-21
Beenleigh Distillery is the oldest continuously licensed distillery in Australia and produces Australian style rum (a variation on English style rum). It was lots of fun taking the guided tour and learning about the distillery’s history, especially as the facility has flooded several times. The old wooden vats for aging the rum are fascinating. After the tour we had a tasting and I loved getting a quick introduction to the range. Their Double Cask rum is lovely and I would highly recommend their Inner Circle label to any rum aficionados looking for something a step up in ABV and complexity, while checking out their liqueur range for a super sweet super approachable drop anyone could enjoy!
BrissyChippy
BrissyChippy
2020-01-16
We had lived in the area for some 15 years and never took a tour there, moved away from the area 11 years ago. We booked our tour which was a very relaxed and informative, it taught us a bit about the area we had lived and never known and how the distillery got going. After the tour we had a rum tasting of 9 of thier products. It was informative and not rushed. Time well spent.
Dirna T
Dirna T
2020-01-14
The tour guide was very informative and interesting. Told the story of how Beenleigh Artisan Distillery came into being. How the place also survived the floods and carried on (not to give to much away). The Vats they use and the tasting after the tour oh my. What can I say except try for yourself.
Jacqueline
Jacqueline
2020-01-07
Excellent tours of the Distillery which has an extensive and interesting history, especially for visitors either from other other areas or Australian States, or from overseas. Souvenirs are not cheap, but are well made and this particular Rum can only be purchased at the Distillery.

OUR HISTORY

Beenleigh Artisan Rum more than just a rum, more even just a spirit – it is a tribute to bold Australian enterprise and the stuff that legends are made of.

Welcome to the Australia’s oldest registered distillery and the people and the rum that made it what it is today You’ll find tall stories, colourful characters, and a heritage as rich and distinctive as Beenleigh Rum itself.

Our-History

Our Beginnings

In 1865 a duo from England by the names of John Davy and Francis Gooding purchased 300 acres of land fronting the Albert River. They named the clearing after their old Devonshire farm, which was called Beenleigh.

Originally, they had intended to grow cotton on this land, but as fate would have it, a more lucrative alternative presented itself- sugar cane.

As legend would have it, around the same time, a man called James Stewart, known as ‘The Bosun’ was operating a floating sugar mill, aboard the S.S. Walrus, along the Albert and Logan Rivers. He soon found a productive use for the excess molasses he produced- making Rum on the sly.

One day in 1884 the SS Walrus washed ashore on our banks. No-one was aboard- except The Bosun’s Copper Pot still. Beenleigh Artisan Distillery was born

The Big Red Shed

At the end of Distillery Road there’s an old red building that is, in parts, the original Beenleigh Distillery from 1884.  It’s home to ‘The Old Copper’.

The Old Copper is a very special Copper Pot Still that has a signature shape and style known as a Vat Still. It is the only one of its kind in Australia. Other similar international examples of this equipment include the Port Mourant Still- famous for classic Demerara style Rum. Another significant link between Beenleigh Distillery and Demerara is that our previous Distillers once worked with similar stills along the Demerara River, Guyana in the early 1900s.

We are true artisan distillers. Only four people work in The Big Red Shed, including our Master Distiller, who has been here for forty years. Our Distillers manage all parts of the Rum-making process, from fermentation, to nursing the still throughout the day, to cask-aging our exceptional Rum. Fine Australian Rum must legally mature for a minimum of two years to be sold as “Rum”- so we gently let our Beenleigh spirit age amongst our historic surroundings. You just can’t rush artisan Rum!

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