Saltbeard Distillery was born out of a passion for gin, and a love for the Barossa Valley in South Australia. It’s here, tinkering away alongside another distillery, surrounded by the region’s iconic grapevines that stretch as far as the eye can see, that Saltbeard’s unique spirits come to life. With a focus on quality over quantity, this small-batch distillery crafts delicious and original spirits that are big in heart, from a passionate man and his beloved dog.
ABOUT THE DISTILLERY
The Saltbeard team comprises of two members; John Trutwin and Otto. John’s journey, winding through diverse landscapes of hospitality, the arts, international sport and even aviation, eventually led him to the art of distillation – a skill he first encountered amidst the storied tradition of German spirits. Joining him is Otto, the Schnauzer; the distillery’s four-legged mascot that brings 13 years of experience enjoying long walks, days by the beach and pursuing his true calling as a ratter. Together, this dynamic duo forms the core of Saltbeard Distillery.
John, with his multifaceted background, brings a wealth of knowledge from various corners of the globe and industries. His journey through life’s many paths has seasoned him well, much like the distillery’s namesake. Meanwhile, Otto, with his keen nose (arguably the best in the business), might just be the secret ingredient in ensuring every batch of gin has that special ‘woof’ factor.