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Friday, 17 July 2020

Major boost for Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Distillery and Founders First Ltd (FFL) have revealed plans for a $3 million development for the distillery. 

A new world-class distillery and a must-see tourism destination should open in spring 2021 according to the timetable. 

Llcated in Cygnet River, the new development will visitors an immersive experience and boost tourism following recent bush fires. 

The project will create 20 jobs during construction and around 25 ongoing jobs for the region once completed.

The development will be completed in two stages, starting with the construction of the distillery. 

A third still will be added to increase the production capacity for the domestic and export
market of the award-winning gin, vodka, and the soon-to-be-released single-malt whisky. 

The new distillery will include a spirit tasting room and education space, which will overlook
production areas.

The existing cellar door will be upgraded to focus on serving visitors KIS spirits and cocktails in the native botanical garden that is home to over 75 native species used in the making of the botanical driven gins including native juniper, coastal daisy bush, anise myrtle, and lemon myrtle.

Founded by Jon and Sarah Lark in 2004,  KIS is proudly one of Australia’s most awarded gin brands and was the first dedicated gin distillery in the country. 

In March this year the business was were acquired by Founders First, which specialises in supporting and growing independent craft brewery and distillery businesses.

The Larks will both continue as chief distillers and brand ambassadors. 

Sarah Lark said: “This will enable us to offer more educational and interactive experiences.
People will be able to have the opportunity to learn the art of gin making and creating cocktails from our KIS range in the new space.”

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