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Meet The Team
Meet the Beachtree Distilling Co. team! We are proud of our connection to the Australian land and passionate about sharing our knowledge and creations. Plus, we are always ready to share a drop and have a laugh. Be sure to say hello next time you visit!
Kirra is a self-confessed food and gin lover. Growing up on ‘the farm’, nestled in Bundjalung country on Queensland’s far north coast, nurtured her love of working the land. Kirra spent her childhood riding dirt bikes and growing macadamias.
Throughout the years, Kirra’s mum and Nonna introduced her to the world of delicious wine, grappa, food, herbs, spices and homegrown produce. In winter, her parents would hoist her into large barrels, along with other kids from the community, to stomp on grapes until their feet were stained with the crimson juices.
Kirra has since turned her passion for freshly grown produce and a decades-long career spanning the fitness, health and wellness industries into a thriving international award-winning business – Beachtree Distilling Co.
Steve, a Kamilaroi man, is our master distiller. He has always made home brews, trying out different infusions, with some working and some not. Eventually, he settled on a career in the engineering and electrical world. After many years working in his trades, Steve now combines his two passions.
The result: creating gin and vodka at Beachtree. Steve’s experience in electrotechnology and engineering has allowed him to create a unique distillation and filtration method.
His strong love for the Australian bush has been fundamental in the experimentation of combining the traditional ingredients with the native botanicals you will find intricately balanced in our gins. Steve continues to fine-tune his process by researching and experimenting with ways to produce a distinctive Australian collection of smooth gins, vodkas and liqueurs.
Hi humans, they call me Shadow – and I am the local resident distillery dog here at Beachtree Distilling Co. I joined the group at a young age, as I knew my humans were working super hard and needed an extra four paws for support. Now, I help run this operation.
I am not quite sure what it is my humans do – I see them making lots of things to drink and they seem to spend lots of time working on large machines, but I think my job is way harder. The other day, I had to help load 200kg of fresh sugar cane into the truck. It is huge work for a little puppy, but it had to be done.
When I’m not working in the business, you will find me enjoying long walks around sunny Queensland and chasing water at the dog beach. I also love to chew everything in the house (my favourite treats are finding the kids’ teddy bears on the ground). Anyway, that’s enough about me for now. I have to go drink some sugar cane juice… sorry did I say drink? I really did mean help! I need to HELP with the sugar cane juicing.