ICON OF LOGAN CONTINUES BREWING MEMORIES

It’s the oldest pub in Logan, and after sitting empty for the last 15 months, there’s new life in the place now that a brother and sister have fulfilled their dream of owning a pub. By Darren Hallesy.

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Standing the test of time, the Beenleigh’s Artisan Rum Distillery has remained a gem in the tourism crown of the Logan region.

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From the motorway you can see the Big Red Shed standing since 1884 and symbolizing the history that runs through the region like the great Albert River.

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In 1865 a duo from England by the names of John Davy and Francis Gooding purchased 300 acres of land fronting the Albert River. They named the clearing after their old Devonshire farm, which was called Beenleigh.

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Originally, they had intended to grow cotton on this land, but the economic means for them was found elsewhere – in the sugar cane which graces the region from Beenleigh through Alberton and Jacobs Well.

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The history tells the story of a man named James Stewart, known as ‘The Bosun’ who was operating a floating sugar mill, aboard the S.S. Walrus, along the Albert and Logan Rivers.

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In 1884 the SS Walrus washed ashore crashing on the banks of the mighty river and on that day 137 years ago the Beenleigh Rum Distillery’s foundations were laid.

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Now as Australia’s oldest distillery, the heritage listed facility is not only focussed on production but also an events and hospitality venue and a proud icon of the Logan region.

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The message is clear to all members of the community that the doors are open, and everybody is welcome.

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Through the pandemic the Distillery has shown its dedication to the community by producing hand sanitiser for schools and front-line workers, including Queensland Police.

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With a small team but a good supply of ethanol on hand they put their hands out for the local community producing the greatly needed product.

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As we emerge from restrictions and border closures the venue now represents a place for all to unwind while really being part of the fabric of the region’s history.

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The facility has been through adversity and remained with countless floods and natural disasters impacting the way they operate including in 2017 with the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie sending water breaches throughout and stopping production for six months.

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But yet the Beenleigh Artisan Rum Distillery remains to be seen and experienced as a true landmark of the Logan region.

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Rum is growing in popularity and there are many experts predicting it may overtake gin as the king of spirits. Consumers are starting to become more interested in trying new rums, particularly spiced rum.

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The Beenleigh Rum Distillery has a range of amazing flavours with the Spiced Rum with ginger ale and lime a personal favourite.

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Open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

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Tours currently run Wednesday to and Sunday from 10:30am, with the last tour starting at 2:30pm. In line with COVID-safe practices bookings are essential, please contact us in advance to book.

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Tastings available daily at any time.

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