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Robbers Dog Distillery

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by Michael Genrich (subscribe)
Family man with two daughters. Writer. Media and visual design student. Always up to date with what's happening and finding fun things to do. See more at outdoorstype.com.au/
Published May 29th 2021
High quality and home made
We often drive up into the Adelaide Hills without a plan and only the vague idea of having lunch somewhere. We love stumbling upon cool new things on our weekend rambles.

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Robbers Dog Distillery Exterior

Robbers Dog Distillery is one of those treasures. On a cold and sunny autumn's day in the hills, a few nips to warm us up was exactly what was called for.

Small batch, handcrafted spirits are a bit of a hot ticket these days so when we spotted this cosy little shopfront in the old State Bank building, we were definitely going inside.

Robbers Dog is an apt name for this small-batch distillery located in the old bank on the main street. It's housed in an old bank with a history of robberies, dogs are welcome, and the owner's name is Rob. It's also an old Aussie slang term comparing one's appearance with a robber's dog, but I'll let you look that up.

Owners Rob and Cath Davies greet visitors with a warm welcome and the impressive range of drinks on the bar strikes you straight away. You can pull up a stool at the bar or wine barrels and there's a cosy couch corner to laze away some time in the company of some excellent spirits. You can explore the range any way you like with four tastings for $10 while Rob explains the production techniques, the flavours, and the history of each.

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The old safe doors

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Cosy couches

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Wide range of spirits

The range begins with limoncello, limecello and orangecello. There's a bold and big flavoured vodka and a few different gins with a surprising range of tastes. Last but not least, the range of whiskies and rums offers something to all dark spirit lovers. Rob learned his craft over decades and experiments with locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. The spirits are fresh and flavoursome - Rob's not having any of those fancy techniques that drain the flavour out of your drink. You'll love the homemade flavour of any of your favourite tipples. The Moonshine beats any whisky we've tried lately for smoothness. It's not cheap but it's the best, and it's local.

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Moonshine and dried pear

You can also buy a small range of garnishes and mixers. I'll long remember Robbers Dog for introducing me to dried pear in my bourbon and dry.

There's actually a lot to explore in and around Mt Pleasant and Robbers Dog Distillery should definitely be on your list. Make it a destination on your next weekend drive and you won't be disappointed! You can grab lunch from the Mt Pleasant Bakery or Totness Inn Hotel across the road while you're there.

Robbers Dog Distillery is in the heart of town at 59 Melrose Street. They're open 10 am to 6 pm Friday to Sunday and always open online. Keep up to date with what's new at Robbers Dog on Facebook.
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Why? Local people, local ingredients
When: Friday to Saturday 10am to 6pm
Phone: 0418 955 179
Where: 59 Melrose Street, Mount Pleasant
Cost: Varies
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