Prohibition Liquor Co has made the plunge into the Cellar Door industry by becoming the first distillery door to open in Adelaide, and even better, its situated on Gilbert Street making it an inner city destination.
This jump into hospitality (we’re not complaining) is described by co-owner Adam Carpenter as “an opportunity to bring something truly unique to the Adelaide market.” Adam is also the graphic designer for Prohibition Liquor Co as well as a self-professed bootlegger.
South Australia is renowned for its spirits, particularly its gin considering how many distillers have started in SA and how many festivals we hold just to celebrate it (BTW Gin Fest at Glen Ewin Estate is coming soon). The exact reason why Wes Heddles (the other half of Prohibition’s founders) tells us gin needs to be showcased in the middle of the city.
Adam and Wes have been making waves internationally with their gin winning more than 16 awards for their small batch of high-quality spirit in huge markets such as New York, London, Vegas, Melbourne and Hong Kong. However, they feel like there are many in their hometown who haven’t tried their gin yet. This door is a fantastic opportunity to showcase their level of knowledge on their gin.
“We have over 60 gins on the shelf and we can tell you a unique story about all of them,” Adam says. Not only that, Prohibition Liquor Co’s door will also showcase spirits from other SA and Australian spirit distillers who are, as described by Adam as “mates in the industry”, they are more than happy to share their stories for a more wholesome experience.
If gin doesn’t do it for you, don’t worry about missing out in this new hot spot, the guys share their space with iconic Kent Town coffee shop Tell Henry. Giving us a New York warehouse vibe, you can grab a coffee in the morning and change over to gin when you return at lunchtime or evening.
That’s not all that Prohibition Liquor Co provides though if you’re feeling peckish order their local antipasto and cheese platters and die over the gin and cheese combo. Their food philosophy is the same as their gins “keep it simple and make it taste amazing,” Wes says. Either way, their gourmet cheese toasties are something else.
The Prohibition tasting room is open Thursdays to Sundays for your pleasure, which makes it an ideal place for Friday (or Thursday) knockoffs.