A Rising Star in Craft Spirits

A Rising Star in Craft Spirits

Seadrift Distillery: A Rising Star in Craft Spirits

The craft spirits industry has witnessed a remarkable growth in recent years, with artisanal distilleries popping up around the world. Among these emerging stars is Seadrift Distillery, a name that is quickly becoming synonymous with innovation, quality, and award-winning products.

As the first non-alcoholic distillery of its kind in Australia, Seadrift has carved out a niche with its unique offerings, including an alcohol-free vodka, an alcohol-free gin and an alcohol-free hibiscus pink gin that have captured the hearts of spirit enthusiasts and the attention of international awards.

In this article, we'll delve into the story of Seadrift Distillery, explore their distinctive range of products, and understand how they are reshaping the landscape of craft spirits.


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The Beginnings of Seadrift Distillery

Seadrift Distillery's journey began in 2018 when husband and wife team Carolyn and Alastair Whiteley, set out with a vision to create a product that was not just unique but also resonated with the changing tastes and preferences of modern consumers. As health consciousness rises and the demand for non-alcoholic alternatives grows, Seadrift Distillery took the challenge head-on, becoming one of the first to craft botanical based spirits that were not only non-alcoholic but full of fresh local botanicals that represented tastes like gin.

Over the past five years, the range has grown, and they have established Australia’s first non-alcoholic distillery, on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Open to the public for tastings it’s a great venue to learn all about the craft behind Seadrift non-alcoholic spirits, the fresh botanicals and locally foraged seaweed that is used in the products. With a number of talented mixologists on staff its also a great place to taste some incredible mocktail options.


A Commitment to Craftsmanship

At the heart of Seadrift is a deep commitment to the art of distillation. With a background in spirits, the team set out to ensure that the products would always be true to the art of high-end distillation and sourced handmade copper pot stills from Portugal to support this. A process that has been used for centuries to make the highest quality small batch vodkas and whiskey was selected to create the spirits.

Each batch of their spirit is carefully crafted to ensure the highest quality. The founders of Seadrift Distillery have combined traditional techniques with modern technology to create products that stand out in the crowded market of craft spirits.

Non Alc Gin Still at Sobar Going Sobar 



Embracing Sustainability

Sustainability is another cornerstone of the Seadrift ethos. From sourcing ingredients locally to minimising waste, the distillery is dedicated to reducing its environmental footprint. Interestingly the seaweed waste is recycled and fed to cattle on farms in the Hunter Valley, with studies by the Queensland University show that seaweed can reduce the output of methane gases. Now that’s environmental.


Seadrift's Innovative Product Range

Seadrift Distillery offers a range of spirits that are as unique as they are flavourful. Their non-alcoholic offerings have garnered attention for their use of fresh botanicals and the unique ability to provide an authentic tasting experience without the alcohol content.

seadrift Non Alcoholic Gin 

Seadrift Marine Alcohol-Free Vodka: A Market Disruptor

The alcohol-free vodka from Seadrift is a game-changer for those who love the taste of vodka but want to avoid alcohol for personal or health reasons. Created using fresh coriander, kaffir lime leaves and locally foraged sea kelp, this marine vodka delivers all the bite and intensity you'd expect from a premium marine vodka but in an all-natural format minus the alcohol. It has marine notes and is slightly salty making it the perfect base for a margarita when you don’t want the chemicals associated with flavoured non-alcoholic tequilas.


Seadrift Coast: A Coastal Take on Gin

Seadrift Coast is the gin style product in the range, a great alternative to a coastal gin with a full juniper forward taste, backed by the natural sweetness of basil leaves. Distilled with fresh basil, juniper berries and rosemary, it has a intense flavour that makes the perfect gin and tonic. It’s also super versatile in cocktail making with many bar tenders using this to make everything from alcohol free cosmopolitans to espresso martinis.


Seadrift Hibiscus Pink Gin: A Floral Delight

The alcohol-free hibiscus pink gin is another standout product from Seadrift. Infused with the delicate flavour of hibiscus, this gin is not only visually striking with its beautiful pink hue but also offers a taste experience that is both refreshing and sophisticated. Wrapped in a special gift wrap it is the perfect present for those that are conscious of health, inclusion, and love!


Tasting Success: Awards and Recognition

Seadrift Distillery's innovative approach has not gone unnoticed in the world of spirits. Together the range has won 17 international spirit awards, including most recently Silver Medals in the prestigious San Francisco Spirits Awards 2024, and the World Alcohol Free Awards 2024, putting Seadrift on the map as a distillery that is making waves globally.


International Award-Winning Spirits

The recognition from international awards speaks volumes about the quality and craftsmanship of Seadrift Distillery's products. These accolades serve as a testament to their success in creating spirits that can compete on a global stage, despite the absence of alcohol.


The Consumer Experience: Reviews and Testimonials

The true measure of a product's success lies in the satisfaction of its consumers. Seadrift Distillery has amassed a loyal following, with glowing reviews and testimonials attesting to the quality and taste of their spirits. “What makes Seadrift stand apart is the fresh botanicals that they use, you can just taste the real intensity of flavour. With so many products that are just passing off water and flavourings as the real thing it’s so nice to taste something produced with tradition, care and quality in mind.”

Seadrift non alcoholic distillery

* Photo credit: Destination NSW 

A Favourite Among Spirit Enthusiasts

Customers rave about the complexity and depth of flavour that Seadrift's alcohol-free spirits provide. Many highlight the fact that these products allow them to enjoy the ritual and social aspects of a drink without the downsides of alcohol consumption.


Beyond the Bottle: Seadrift's Community Impact

Seadrift Distillery's influence extends beyond the production of spirits. They have become an integral part of their local community, contributing to the economy and championing causes that resonate with their brand values such as the Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Prize and  Local Kind Charity supporting the most vulnerable in our society.


Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Awards

Seadrift has been a supporter of the Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Awards since its inception in 2021. The awards bring artists from all over Australia together to contribute with new ideas, innovative practises, and critical reflection on the environmental challenges we face and solutions to those. It’s part of Seadrift’s commitment to the social well-being and care for the environment and commitment to local art. “We absolutely love supporting the Environmental Art and Design Awards, they bring together my passion for art and design alongside our ethos at Seadrift for care for the environment. Having previously run an international design agency in London, it really brings together our past and future, and so holds a special place in our hearts.” Alastair Whiteley – Master Distiller at Seadrift.


The Future of Seadrift Distillery

Seadrift Distillery's rise to prominence in the craft spirits scene is only the beginning. With a solid foundation built on quality, innovation, and community, the future looks bright for this pioneering distillery.

Expanding the Range

The success of their alcohol-free range has paved the way for Seadrift to expand their product range. Fans of the distillery can expect to see new and exciting offerings that continue to push the boundaries of what non-alcoholic spirits can be. With an exciting Non-Alcoholic Whiskey now available exclusively to bars and restaurants for the winter season. With its warming notes and spices its one to try!


Continued Focus on Innovation

Innovation is at the core of Seadrift's philosophy, and they show no signs of slowing down. Whether it's experimenting with new flavours or refining their distillation process, Seadrift Distillery remains dedicated to staying ahead of industry trends and meeting the evolving needs of their customers.


Embracing Seadrift Distillery's Craft Spirits

For those looking to explore the world of non-alcoholic spirits, Seadrift Distillery offers a compelling range of options. With their commitment to quality, innovation, and sustainability, Seadrift stands out as a distillery that not only produces excellent products but also embodies the values of a new generation of spirit makers and consumers.

 Cocktail making Sobar Seadrift non Alcoholic Bar

A Passion that Keeps on Delivering

Seadrift Distillery is a shining example of how passion, craftsmanship, and a willingness to innovate can lead to international success in the craft spirits industry. By offering high-quality, alcohol-free options like their vodka, coastal gin and hibiscus pink gin, Seadrift has positioned itself as a leader in a rapidly growing niche market. As they continue to garner accolades and expand their product line, Seadrift Distillery is well on its way to becoming a household name for those seeking an exceptional drinking experience without the alcohol.

Whether you're a teetotaller, looking to reduce your alcohol intake, or simply curious about the burgeoning world of non-alcoholic spirits, Seadrift Distillery's offerings are sure to impress. With their sights set on the future, we can only expect more innovative and delightful creations from this rising star in craft spirits.

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