-by Revathie Dhanabalan
In the last several years, Australia has seen a huge movement in the craft spirit movement as they combine the old with the new. Nowhere is this more evident than the story of two passionate whiskey drinkers – Alasdair Malloch and James McKeown. Whipper Snapper Distillery is paving the way with Perth’s very first distillery that incorporates a coffee shop into its space.
Having found its home in an old warehouse in East Perth, these boys redeveloped it and proudly showcase a majestic copper whiskey still with three-group Synesso Sabre espresso machines and a pair of Mazzer Robur grinders. Working alongside Five Senses Coffee, Whipper Snapper offers the perfect Crompton Road blend and a rotating single origin from Five Senses. Alasdair explains that Whipper Snapper prides itself with providing quality service and that means a high-quality coffee experience accompanied with whiskey pairings.
The secret to Whipper Snapper is the local ingredients that go into everything that they source from high quality corn to wheat grain from Western Australian farms and supporting local business. This was pretty evident during the Whiskey and Food Festival that was held on 29 March. The festival showcased our personal favourite Fervor alongside with Eat No Evil, Max’s Black, Sweet Remedy and heaps more. There were cupping sessions as well run by Five Senses and Australian Barista Academy!
But the true secret is the journey that started almost 60 years ago when Alasdair Malloch and his neighbor decided to distil whiskey in the back shed. Having started as pure interest in whiskey brewing has turned into passion over the years. It’s a true story of Australian camaraderie between a Second World War veteran and a student showing that Australia can indeed make great whiskey alongside their Scottish and American distillers.
Whipper Snapper has released a couple of products such Moonshine that are perfect for mixers and cocktails. But this distillery also has a single malt whiskey in the cards and the best is the expansion of their coffee shop. Whipper Snapper also offers daily whiskey guided tours as well as coffee and whiskey tastings. For the more curious whiskey lover, they also hold whiskey workshop masterclass once a month.
Preserving history has become indicative of the Whipper Snapper Distillery. They are patriotic young Aussies and the business was built on the same ethos. Quality local ingredients paired with a huge sense of patience and skill has created a steady path for Whipper Snapper towards becoming Australia’s leading craft distillery.
ADDRESS: 139 Kensington Street, East Perth, WA 6004
PHONE: (08) 9221 2293
HOURS: Whiskey Tours (Daily 10am-5pm) and Coffee Shop (Monday-Friday 7am-5pm; Saturday 8am-4pm; Sunday 11am-4pm)