Part of the Riverina, go with the flow.
We are a small batch distillery based in Lavington and Tumut. We use Australian and traditional botanticals to make our gin and liqueurs. Our tasting room is at the back of the historical Oriental Hotel in Tumut and you are most welcome to come and visit us. We have appointments available through our booking system.
At the beginning of the year we were surrounded by bush fires and lived in what felt like a dome of smoke. We were in drought and stock feed and water were becoming scarce. By the end of February, it felt like things were picking up. At our hotel and tasting room, we could see an increase in visitors to Tumut keen to support fire affected country towns. We went to Tassie for a distilling course and toured lots of small batch whiskey distilleries. Covid-19 was starting to make big headlines and was about to make our lives, and the way we live, very different.
The Government announced that all hotels, cafes ect had to close their doors by Monday 23 March by 12 midday. This technically put us and all our staff out of work. Talk about confronting and scary. To add to this my daughter, who lives in Melbourne, was about to have a baby, my son, who was playing rugby league in Queensland had to return home. Alec, my eldest, worked at Tipsy Bull in Canberra, was stood down and my daughters' husband, a chef, also lost his job. Not to mention, our youngest son, was having a gap year before going to uni, also worked at the hotel and helped with the distillery.
What is happening now? My daughter had a beautiful baby girl and I spent five days in Melbourne looking after my other grand daughter and was able to meet the new baby. A gift. The two youngest boys were lucky enough to get some work at Woolworths stacking shelves. Woolworths specifically targetted out of work hospitality workers which was fantastic.
The hotel is doing take away five nights a week. It is not actually making money but at least it gives some staff members a chance to get out of the house and go to work for a few hours.
We are making hand sanitiser, like a lot of distilleries, and started selling to locals yesterday.
We have had rain for the last couple of days. Daylight savings has finished and it looks like it is going to be a beautiful day.