Herrick Creek is based on a legend. It's a story that connects New Zealand and Canada and it seems like it may just do so indefinitely. When we decided it was time to open a distillery, it was this story that stuck with us.
Our mission is to create small batch, uniquely New Zealand spirits, combined with the tales and mystery of what happened, and may still be happening, in the area around Herrick Creek. You can read all about the South Island Moose story on this page. Good drinks at good prices!
Craft distilling isn't about finding the cheapest ingredients and the fastest process; it's about finding the right ingredients and the right process that suites your dream. We've seen our fair share of shortcuts but we'd rather spend the money on good ingredients and take the time to make the drink right.
We distill everything on a small still and in small batches. Our New Zealand products are all made in Christchurch and distilled at our very small headquarters. In other parts of the world, governments actually have put a definition to Commercial/Micro/Nano distilleries based on yearly output. By those definitions, we are Nano!
There aren't many of us and we're a family-owned and run business. Tom is the distiller, brewer, cleaner, do-er (whisky lover). Alannah helps with labels, marketing, and shipping (gin lover). While AJ is our marketing expert and advisor (moonshine lover). Our distillery cat, Moose, watches all the production with a close eye. We all do it for the love of the spirits.
2020 was our first year of production and brought a lot of challenges and triumphs. Our first batches of Gin and Moonshine have been huge successes and we're looking forward now to new releases and products.
Sept 2020 - Smokin' Right Rear Moonshine released
Oct 2020 - Nine Fathoms Gin released
Nov 2020 - Original Corn Moonshine released
2021 - Goals:
- First Explorer Series release - American Straight Bourbon
- Start of our Single Malt Whisky program
- Release of our first NZ made Whisky
- At least two other spirit releases