The Distiller Experience at The Old Kempton Distillery

Dreaming of your own distillery? New to the industry? Don't miss this hands-on, behind-the-scenes distilling opportunity - The Distiller Experience!
Hands-on Experience

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Expires 29 February 2024

The Distiller Experience: A behind the scenes and practical insight to running a distillery

While the distilling industry is a relatively new venture in Australia, it is something that has been refined over the centuries around the world.

Tasmanian distilleries have spent the past 30 years working together to share and grow the knowledge of distilling in our state and across Australia.

Old Kempton Distillery has played a large role in sharing that knowledge with over 350 students who have completed our hands-on distillery courses in the past 11 years.

As a new generation of prospective distillers and distillery owners enter the industry, Old Kempton is excited to, once again, open the distillery doors and offer a 3-day, all-encompassing, distiller experience.

During your time at Old Kempton, you will work closely with the entire team – from distillers, management, cellar door, sales and the marketing team.

Your first two days will heavily involve hands-on work in the distillery – including a close look at the processes involved in brewing, wash runs, spirit runs, decanting and bottling.

The processes of distillation at Old Kempton are manual, not computerised, allowing you to fully understand each step of the mechanics behind a spirit. The various stages of gin and whisky production will be shown and discussed at length.

The distiller’s will also take you through a formal tasting panel to work on your palate, while giving you the opportunity to see how Old Kempton spirits are assessed before being bottled.

Distillery/Bond Store compliance and work, health and safety (WHS) play a huge part in owning and operating a distillery. Time will be spent with Martin, the CEO of Old Kempton, and Rob, our Head Distiller, discussing any questions you have. Martin and Rob have spent much of the past 3 years project-managing the build and setup of the new distillery and bond stores – which means they’ve gained insight into the commissioning of our distillery and the processes that we followed to become compliant.

The marketing of your finished product – no matter your chosen sales channels – can be discussed with the help of our sales and marketing team.

Industry day, the third day of your experience, will involve visits to distilleries of different sizes, a cooperage and a still manufacturer. These visits will provide an insight into the world of distilling in Tasmania while also giving you the opportunity to ask any questions and develop ideas for how your future distillery could look and feel.

Before your distiller’s experience begins, we highly recommend taking the time to explore the theoretical aspects of distilling. Courses in distillation, focused purely on the theory, are available in each state of Australia. Your state’s spirit association will also be able to point you in the direction of courses that they recommend.

Old Kempton will also provide our course notes one month prior to your booked experience (unless you book after that time, in which they will be express posted to you upon booking), please take the time to read through your booklet and note any questions you may have.

A short survey will be sent to your email along with your booking confirmation. This survey will help us better understand what you would like the sessions to focus on; please ensure you fill out the survey as soon as possible after booking.

The amazing team at The Old Woolstore in Hobart have set up a special accommodation deal for our guests as part of each course. Accommodation is for four nights (as you will need to arrive the night before and leave the day after your experience) and can be added as an extra to your booking. Pick up is also from The Old Woolstore daily and a special dinner with the OKD team will be held on the 3rd night of your experience in a private dining area at the Stockman’s Restaurant.

The Distiller Experience is $2275 per person.

What’s included?

+ Transport from The Old Woolstore, Hobart to Old Kempton Distillery return (Old Kempton Distillery is located 45 minutes from Hobart)

+ Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and drinks on all 3 days

+ The Art of Distilling guidebook

+ Brew run

+ Wash run

+ Spirit run

+ Bottling/Labelling

+ Decanting

+ Cask Filling

+ 1 day industry visits, including lunch at a renowned Tasmanian winery

+ A special gift from Old Kempton Distillery

+ Official Tasting panel

+ Tasting and Sales presentation of the OKD range

+ Marketing and branding session

+ Business management session

+ Distillery spreadsheets

+ Excise and ATO discussion

Important information

+ Please wear enclosed and heavy-duty shoes each day

+ Please provide any food allergies at time of booking

+ Your survey should be filled out as soon as your booking confirmation is received

+ All additional extras must be paid for at time of booking to guarantee your booking

+ Rescheduling your accommodation is at the discretion of The Old Woolstore

+ By booking, you confirm you have read and agree to all the Terms & Conditions

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*T&Cs apply. This experience is only available to those over the age of 18. Select dates are available with limited spots. Book now to not miss out. For full details, contact the Old Kempton Distillery.

WARNING: Under the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 it is an offence:

For liquor to be delivered to a person under the age of 18 years.

Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units ($3,140 for 2016-17)

For a person under the age of 18 years to purchase liquor.

Penalty: Fine not exceeding 10 penalty units ($1,570 for 2016-17)


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Business Name

Old Kemtpon Distillery

About Old Kemtpon Distillery

The Old Kempton Distillery is an Artisan Whisky, Gin and Liqueur Distillery located in Dysart House, Kempton, Tasmania. Established in 2012, the distillery has continually crafted beautiful Tasmanian Whisky, Gin and Liqueurs from local ingredients with traditional techniques.

Old Kempton Distillery is located in Dysart House, 26 Main Street Kempton, an 1840’s colonial inn. It is an easy 40 minute drive from Hobart and approximately 2 hours from Launceston. Open 7 days a week, 10am – 4pm.

Come by the Cellar Door & Cafe

The cellar door and cafe boasts two charming restored dining rooms, and a beautiful courtyard, where you can sit and enjoy some home-cooked treats from our cafe menu. Our Cask Lounge is full of comfy chairs, our stunning cask and botanic wall - made for relaxing with a dram in hand.

The cellar door offers a wide variety of Old Kempton Distillery products tastings – take your pick from Single Malt Whisky, Tasmanian Liqueurs and our range of Gins. Enjoy a personalised tasting flight or a nip of Single Malt.

Tasting Tours of the distillery are available daily. Please book in advance via our website.

Discover our Distillery School

Our Distillery Course is a unique opportunity to have a hands-on learning experience in an actual artisan distillery. It is designed to provide full training whether you are a beginner, want some hands-on experience or need to learn how to navigate the ATO, marketing and business processes of a distillery.

Our Distillery School runs with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 people. This keeps the school as intimate as possible and also provides plenty of time for questions and discussions of what you individually would like to gain from our School.

Our School will provide you with a close look into the workings of a Distillery, including the coopering of casks, brewing of wash, distilling processes, barrel management, decanting and bottling. Although Old Kempton Distillery is primary a Whisky Distillery, we also make Gin’s and Liqueur’s onsite – this means no matter what you are interested in distilling, we have the knowledge you need to begin your own distillery.

Join the Old Kempton Whiskey Club

By joining our club you have access by ballot 4 times a year (August, November, February and May) to a special release. These releases are matured, especially for the club and bottled – numbers 1 to 100 - just for our members. By joining Old Kempton Whisky Club you will also receive a complimentary Old Kempton Whisky Club Keyring (which will be sent out with your first purchase) – this allows you free coffee whenever you visit The Old Kempton Distillery, free postage on anything you purchase from The Old Kempton Distillery, a free tour and tasting whenever you bring along a paying customer to our Cellar Door and of course, access to our Exclusive Releases. Membership is free! Don’t forget to add our email address to your contacts list.


Contact Old Kemtpon Distillery

Phone: 03 6259 3082


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Old Kemtpon Distillery Kempton

Address: 26 Main St, Kempton, TAS 7030

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