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Our Story

Eumundi Distillers is a boutique distillery located at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi in the Noosa hinterland on the Sunshine Coast, Qld. The majestic Queenslander hotel is also home to the Eumundi Brewery and some seriously refreshing beers.

With its colourful creative decor and murals, sweeping verandahs, sensational beer garden and relaxed vibe, this iconic hotel is certainly a Sunshine Coast 'must-do'.

The hotel is also a great place to soak up live music, with acoustic sets in The Beer Garden all weekend + some of the best bands in the business playing ticketed shows in our entertainment spaces known as The Bunker and The Brewery.

Established in 2020, the distillery produces small batch handmade spirits using the best UK juniper and featuring the finest botanicals mixed with local Cooroy Mountain spring water.

Our Head Distiller, Mick Reif, is a proud Sunshine Coast hinterland local. An environmental scientist with 20+ years in conservation and land management, he also has a keen interest in local botany which will no doubt feature in upcoming batches. Mick’s always had a passion for spirit distillation. This was only enhanced by a working holiday through Tasmania’s distillery industry in 2017.

Mick lives and breathes the science of distilling, and is a full bottle when it comes to stories (tales) of all things gin. We call him a GINtellectual.

Our custom-built still was produced in Griffith, NSW. The copper column and gin basket allow us to extract maximum flavour from our botanicals for our Folktale Gin range. Our still is also equipped with a copper onion ball which we will be using in our future adventures in distilling. We’re pretty sure it’s the only onion ball on a still anywhere in the world!

In making our gins, Eumundi Distillers seek to support local farmers and growers wherever possible. This ensures the freshest produce is used and enables us to produce truly unique Australian spirits.

Why Folktale Gin? What’s in the name?

It’s about folk – people – with a tale to tell, with stories to share.

We’re folk with tales to tell in Eumundi. There truly are so many stories. Stories of timber town times and the legendary Dick Caplick; stories of hotel ghosts; stories of colourful artists and their adventures at Eumundi Markets, and lots of stories about brewing beer.

And boy do we like to share a story or two – sometimes over a coffee, sometimes over a Folktale Gin cocktail, sometimes a Eumundi Brewery beer.

Each bottle of Folktale gin has its own story – or tale – to tell.

Folktale Eumundi Gin

Our beautiful bottle features the mystical Folktale Cat … such a purrrfect fit for gin.

And there’s the magic in the alchemy that is part of distilling. When we take something ordinary (like the humble juniper berry) and turn it into something extraordinary.

Our distilling team can tell fabulous tales of “cats” selling gin in London back in the 18th century to avoid fines for selling less than two gallons of gin under the Gin Act.

And, did you know, Eumundi Distillery is adjacent to the Eumundi Brewery? … and traditionally breweries always had cats to keep mice from the grain.

Folktale Navy Strength Eumundi Gin

The Folktale Fox, another mythical mystical character, stares out at you from our bottle, beckoning the drinker to try the best Navy Strength local craft gin in the region. He too has tales to tell!

And, let’s not forget folktales … the ancient fables. Think Aesop’s … and there they are again … the pairing of the fox and the cat.

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Folktale Eumundi Gin (43% ABV)

What’s a folk tale without great characters? Folktale Gin uses the finest traditional gin ingredients including English juniper, English angelica root, coriander seed, lavender flower, cassia bark, cardamom and fresh citrus to set the stage. But our story really gets going when our own Australian native characters join in, with lemon and anise myrtles and pepperberry, combining with local Cooroy Mountain spring water, to produce our truly unique gin.

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Folktale Navy Strength Eumundi Gin (57.1% ABV)

For those who want to hear the tale told in full – with no holds barred! This gin is a reminder of days when being paid in spirits meant you had to prove your worth. Utilising fresh local ginger, limes and lemon myrtle, Folktale Navy Strength Eumundi Gin gives a real taste of Eumundi and the Sunshine Coast. Bottled at 57.1% ABV, it’s sure to please both gin lovers and thirsty sailors!

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Folktale Eumundi Kaffir Lime Gin (40% ABV)

What’s a folk tale without great characters? Folktale Kaffir Lime Gin uses the finest traditional gin ingredients including English juniper, English angelica root, coriander seed, lavender flower, cassia bark, cardamom and fresh citrus to set the stage. But our story really gets going when our own Australian native characters join in, with lemon myrtle, anise myrtle, pepperberry and for this tipple Kaffir Lime Leaves, combining with local Cooroy Mountain spring water, to produce our truly unique Folktale Kaffir Lime Gin.

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Folktale Eumundi Pink Gin (40% ABV)

What’s a folk tale without great characters? Folktale Pink Gin uses the finest traditional gin ingredients including English juniper, English angelica root, coriander seed, lavender flower, cassia bark, cardamom and fresh citrus to set the stage. But our story really gets going when our own Australian native characters join in, with lemon myrtle, anise myrtle, pepperberry and for this tipple Queensland raspberries, combining with local Cooroy Mountain spring water, to produce our truly unique Folktale Pink Gin.

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Folktale Eumundi Vodka (40% ABV)

Folktale Vodka begins its life on vines in South Australia and ends up in a bottle at Eumundi Distillers. This smooth vodka is achieved from our distillation process and brings out a subtle sweetness from the natural sugars of our staple product. The clarity of this product is a testament to both the quality of the finished product and the adding of a little bit of Eumundi.

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Seasonal Varieties

In addition to our signature gins, we’ll also be releasing a range of seasonal varieties – each with its own personality and delicate flavour profile. These will only be available at the Tasting Bar at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi. With concepts ranging from strawberry gin using fresh Eumundi fruit to a spicy Tom Yum gin made with local galangal, lemongrass and kaffir lime, our distilling team will be constantly searching for new ways to create bespoke, small batch gin.

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Home of Eumundi Distillers, The Imperial Hotel Eumundi is the place to purchase your favourite spirit – from the Tasting Bar within the hotel.
Choose from Eumundi Distillers Folktale Eumundi Gin 700ml (43% ABV) or Eumundi Distillers Folktale Eumundi Navy Strength Gin 500ml (57.1% ABV).
We also have a range of Eumundi Distillers and Folktale Gin T-shirts and caps.
We also manage three convenient Liquor Legends bottle shops, where you can also purchase the range from Eumundi Distillers:

IMPERIAL HOTEL EUMUNDI

1 Etheridge Street, Eumundi, 4562
Phone (07) 5442 8811

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LIQUOR LEGENDS EMERALD ST, COOROY

IGA Building, 3 Emerald Street, Cooroy, 4563
(07) 5447 7599

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LIQUOR LEGENDS VILLAGE CELLARS, COOROY

Railway Square Shopping Centre, Shop 1A, 1
Diamond Street, Cooroy, 4563
Phone (07) 5442 6532

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Contact Us

1 Etheridge St, Eumundi QLD 4562
Tel: (07) 5442 8811

COURTESY BUS
The Imperial Hotel’s FREE courtesy bus operates Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm, travelling to Eumundi, Belli Park, Cooroy, Doonan, Eerwah Vale, North Arm, and Verrierdale. Phone 0478 814 169 to book.

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Eumundi Distillers proudly supports Forget Me Not, an Australian charity that works with partners in Nepal, India and Uganda for the prevention of child trafficking. Our Folktale Gin bottles are each adorned with a beautiful tassel, each handcrafted in Delhi, India, in a fair-trade bead factory that supports families of the Forget Me Not community.

Visit the Forget Me Not website