Gin and Whisky craft distillery to open at Miami next week!

The Gold Coast’s first craft Gin and Whisky distillery has kicked off the production of its small-batch whiskies and gins from the seaside hub of Miami.

Granddad Jacks will officially open the doors to its tasting room next week on Friday 24 August, joining a growing list of popular craft producers in the Miami area.

Founded by father-and-son duo David and Luke Ridden, the family operation has forged collaborative partnerships with Miami brewery and taphouse Lost Palms Brewing Co. to produce the ‘wash’ which will form the base for its first batch of whisky.


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“Few people realise that whiskey is made, in essence, from beer,” Luke said.

“It is a fundamental stage of the step-by-step process – the grains, water and yeast are fermented resulting in what we call the wash, or distiller’s beer. This is then transferred to the still where it is distilled into a clear spirit before being transferred to an oak barrel to be aged.

“We are utilising the equipment and facilities at Lost Palms, and brewing our own special wash which will make our single malt whiskey and Bourbon.

“Working with businesses within our local community is a huge part of our ethos and we are excited to kick-start this journey with the crew at Lost Palms.”

David and Luke Ridden | PHOTO: Supplied by Granddad Jacks

Miami is becoming known for craft products and Luke says there is a strong camaraderie among the producers in the region.

“We have a full circle philosophy at Granddad Jacks; local businesses supporting local businesses to produce quality products for our community to enjoy,” he said.

“We all support each other and genuinely want to see each other succeed. In keeping with this, we will be working closely with both Lost Palms and Black Hops Breweries for all the beer/wash that we use in our whiskey.”

Granddad Jacks will be recreating age-old family recipes, as an ode to David’s grandfather and Luke’s great grandfather, David Goulding who enjoyed a whisky every day up until his last, at the ripe old age of 93.

Luke and David have commissioned the expertise of San Diego based distiller Blake Heffernan, to ensure the integrity of the family recipe is retained while delivering the highest quality whisky, and gin, the Gold Coast has ever seen.

“There is something really special about recreating an old family recipe that’s been kept a secret for close to 90 years,” Blake said.

“I love making whisky and gin – it’s such a unique craft that lends itself so well to putting your own personal spin on the end product, and Granddad Jacks’ spirits will be truly distinctive, paying tribute to a great man with a great story.”

Blake says the first gin run is now underway at Granddad Jacks, which will be ready for Gold Coasters to enjoy on opening weekend.

“There’s an infinite number of flavours that you can create during the distillation process with gin. We are starting with a grape base, which will pass through a unique blend of raw botanicals to produce a lighter, brighter gin, unlike anything else in Australia,” he said.

“Bursting with citrus flavours this will be the ideal gateway gin, perfect for those who are new to the spirit and it’s bound to be a hit with devoted gin enthusiasts.”

Visitors to Granddad Jacks can also bring their own food to enjoy alongside signature gin cocktails and craft spirits.

Granddad Jacks will officially open to the public from 6pm on August 24.  For more information, visit: granddadjacks.com/

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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