Imperial Measures Distilling began as the shared dream of two bartenders seeking to make gin rather than just drinking it and selling it for other people.
Emerging from the formative years of Adelaides storied small bar scene, Chris Jones and David Danby were ever present in around and behind bars for some time before their paths crossed working together at one of Adelaides most reputable wine and cocktail venues.
Motivated by the Gin Renaissance they could see unfolding in the bars of Europe and the US, Chris and David decided to explore the concept of making their own gin and so began a deep dive into the heady world of distillation.
After a year of trial, error and many many tastings, they were able to utilise an existing Adelaide Hills distillery to have a crack at their meticulously chosen recipe, and in November of 2015 the first 79 bottles of Ounce Gin Signature were created.
And so began a journey that continues today.
Driven by a passion to share their flavourful creation with the world, the boys trod the path up from Adelaide to Gumeracha for a good couple of years, bottling and labelling in Chris’s Thebarton shed, and beating a path to the doors of every bar and quality retail trader they could find, all the while holding down multiple jobs to support their chosen goal.
As a result of the enthusiastic, committed and unrelenting support of some of Adelaides finest hospo crews, venues and resellers, Imperial Measures Distilling were able to find their own patch of ground in Adelaides inner west – their spiritual home where the first bottles were filled and labelled – with their new 500 Litre Ballarat built still named ‘Clem’ after Davids Great Uncle and 13th Captain of the Australian Cricket Team, taking pride of place in their Thebarton distillery.
Guided by a relentless pursuit of flavour and quality and always giving an approving nod to the formative cocktail bars and recipes of yore, IMD always seek to craft the finest taste creations in all that they do. The Ounce Bar at IMD is testament to that pursuit. Grafted from a nondescript warehouse, the team at IMD have installed a cocktail bar inside the Distillery that has gained a solid reputation for its top class cocktail game and chilled comfortable vibe, as well as their crazy tasty Saturday Smashburgers.
With the addition of their multi award winning Ounce Gin Bold to the stable, as well as their Ruby Bitter Aperitif, SV Sweet Vermouth and their locally harvested uber-tasty mandarin liqueur Mandeaux, the journey continues ever forward for IMD. With the creative mantras of ‘never settling for less’ and ‘only doing the right things for the right reasons’ always at the fore, the creative energies at work at IMD continue to strive for quality of flavour in all that they do.
Well worth a visit for a sneaky little G’n T should you ever be in Adelaides inner west.