Prohibition Liquor is taking on the world

Prohibition Liquor Co. has been quenching thirsts since 2015.

Co-founders Adam Carpenter and Wes Heddles whet the growing appetite for gin locally as the Adelaide Central Market’s Producer in Residence before finding their permanent home on Gilbert Street.

Prohibition Liquor now claims the only permanent distillery in the CBD, which was opened at the end of 2017. The 300-square-metre converted gym on Gilbert Street is now part tasting room, part distillery. It houses a custom-built, 900-litre copper still which has significantly increased in-house production capacity, quality control and customer amenity. The popular watering hole serves up its own award-winning gins with a curation of other popular varieties – to be enjoyed with their menu of tapas and grazing platters. Things are moving fast and furiously, with the City of Adelaide supporting Prohibition Liquor’s development application to expand further into the neighbouring premises at 24 Gilbert Street.

Prohibition liquor bar mixologist
photo-icon Meaghan Coles

Mixologists hard at work at Prohibition Liquor Co.

Prohibition Liquor’s high-quality gin has won international accolades and amassed a range of awards from Hong Kong to London - and everywhere in between. Among the most recent are a double gold medal for their Prohibition Original Gin and a silver medal for their Shiraz Barred Aged Gin at the Singapore World Spirits Competition in June 2019.

With a solid following forming in Asia and a growing demand for premium South Australian products, this is the perfect time for Prohibition Liquor Co. to expand their export markets with a focus on New Zealand and South East Asia. The business has received a grant from the South Australia Export Accelerator (SAEA) program to fast-track the entrance into new markets and grow international exports. Prohibition Liquor has its sights set on going global and has commenced securing trademarks for its brand and intellectual property across major international territories.

“Following investment in our distilling and bottling capacity we’re ready to expand our business into international markets, with strategic moves initially towards South East Asia and New Zealand” Prohibition Liquor Co. spokesperson Adam Carpenter.

With an expanding customer base in the city activating the local area in Gilbert Street and growing demand nationally and abroad the outlook for Prohibition Liquor ids decidedly positive Adam added that “Our first full shipment to Singapore is already on the water and we’re travelling over to support the launch in a few weeks’ time, with many of their top bars already stocking the product.”