Welcome to Black Sheep Geelong



Distilling isn’t a new phenomenon for our city by the bay, in fact in ye olden Geelong what was once Corio Distillery was once the largest distillery in the southern hemisphere.

It all began in the 1920’s when British Distillers decided that a shortage of whiskey just simply wasn’t an option. Not far from when the Shell refinery resides today, the first Burnett’s Dry Gin was produced.

By the end of 1929 and the inaugural year of Corio Distillery production was ramped up and when we say ‘ramped up’ we’re meaning a whopping 500,000 gallons of whiskey produced PER YEAR.

Skip a long another decade to Christmas of 1938 and well, they never took their foot off the gas. Things were great for Corio Distillery for a short while before importing became more of a thing and frankly the stuff from overseas was said to be better…something about quality over quantity?

Corio Distillery closed in 1989 and you can even see an old still on the original site today…we’ll give you 100 points for finding it.

So after all of that, welcome to the home of Gin in Geelong, Bellarine and Surf Coast…
…let us introduce you to the family.

Head over to our Chamber of Gin page to meet the family and download our Gin Map!