At Prohibition Liquor Co’s distillery and tasting room, visitors are treated to a visual feast and an inkling of the shadowy underground ingenuity of the prohibition era. That’s because atop the main bar sits an appropriately branded antique bathtub festooned with a myriad of copper piping, valves, taps, and gauges reminiscent of what people believe was 1920s bathtub gin.
Couple this with the folding full-length glass entrance, warehouse roller doors at the side, concrete flooring, industrial lighting, showcased electrical wiring by the team at Dyno Electric, and the plumbing prowess of MacPlumb, and it’s clear the Adelaide gin distillery oozes a retro-industrial vibe.
Steampunk influences are evident, as are displays of Prohibition Liquor Co’s gin products and other gin related paraphernalia adorning the walls. Look out too for handmade tables, black and copper-look stools, and stencilled pallet-wood planters.
This is what you see when you enter from Gilbert Street (or via the fabulous Tell Henry coffee nook next door), and it sets the scene for what visiting gin fanciers are recognising as one of Adelaide’s ‘must-visits’.
Out the back, the story continues with more places for people and functions and an open view of ‘Mary’ — Prohibition’s beautiful 900-litre custom-built gin Still with its intricate, highly-polished copper work and stainless-steel shininess.
Again, it’s a completely exposed, squeaky clean working space. It not only allows customers to see gin being made, but highlights the incredible workmanship of the specialist electrical and plumbing artisans who worked hard to bring designer and ‘bootlegger’ Adam Carpenter’s vision to life.
A graphic designer, electrician and plumber walk into a bar…
Built after Adam’s Ovingham shed, where the original idea took hold, became too small, the new premises for Prohibition Liquor Co and Adam’s Toolbox Graphic Design studio required a completely blank canvas to create something unique from the ground up.
Adam and business partner Wes Heddles’ creative vision to create a gin distillery and tasting room with a retro-industrial look led to an introduction to specialist plumber and builder, MacBuild. MacBuild were able to offer building design advice on what could and couldn’t be done.
On their recommendation, Dyno Electric was also brought on board to provide specialist electrical advice.
Together, and under Adam’s guidance, the project got underway by completely gutting the building back to the original shell. Dyno Electric and MacBuild were then briefed on various aspects of the build including decommissioning and re-wiring, re-plumbing, and re-building from scratch.
The project evolved, but the vision remained the same.
The project was continually reset based on Adam’s evolving concept. It became a bigger project than initially conceived as more features were designed and added as the fit-out progressed. Side projects became the norm as if the building itself seemed to tell all concerned what it wanted to do.
Such was the excellent working relationship with Dyno and MacBuild, Adam was confident that he could brief new and often untested ideas to both companies and leave them to create something extraordinary.
To achieve the industrial look, the normally hidden electrical work and plumbing is now exposed throughout the tasting room and complex, running overhead in racking with both Dyno’s and MacPlumb’s workmanship and attention to detail evident.
And Still, the attention to detail is paramount.
The industrial look continues through to the distillery where the magnificent Adelaide-designed and Chinese-made Still in all its finery is on public display as is the electrical work and copper plumbing.
The Still was added after the original build and proved to be a challenge when installed. Dyno Electric had to make the new addition compliant to Australian Standards. That meant trying to decipher Chinese electrical diagrams, phone calls through an interpreter, and much re-wiring to get Prohibition’s showpiece in working order ready for production.
More electrical work involved working with local Steampunk artist Rob Sanders at Machine Age Art to create additional lamps and lighting throughout.
No end to Prohibition.
Now that the distillery and tasting room are up and running, Adam and Wes are fired up about the next stage of their gin journey. In the premises next door, work is already underway by both Dyno Electric and MacBuild in turning another of Adam’s visions into reality with the creation of, amongst other things, another bar and more function space.
At this stage, the design is loose but will solidify over the coming months to become a space where design and the craftsmanship of Adelaide’s premier electrical and plumbing artisans will again be on show.
To know more about the Prohibition Liquor Co distillery and tasting room fit-out, contact:
Heath Freebairn — Dyno Electric (08) 7231 0361 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike McEntee — MacPlumb 1300 307 708 or email@example.com
Adam Carpenter — Prohibition Liquor Co 0417 818 437 or firstname.lastname@example.org