Our Next Generation

Always looking forward

The reason we refer to the fruits of our labour as Next Generation is because we’re all about family. We take great pride in our family history, and our aim is to always hand the business on to the next generation in flourishing condition.

Established in 1883 by George Frederick Earp, for more than 136 years (6 generations) the company has adapted and evolved as purveyors of quality goods in the beautiful portside city of Newcastle. Over the last 35 years our core business has focused on the supply of high quality tiles and stone to Australian home-owners and commercial projects.

Earp Distilling Co. is the next evolution of our family business, allowing us to become makers and creators ourselves. To this day, we are proudly 100% family-owned and operated.

A lot like family

Meet the team

The real heart and soul of Earp Distilling Co.? Our wonderful team. The ethos of our business is built upon generations of family values (literally) and we value the unique and wonderful skills all of our staff bring to the tools and table.

Michael Earp

FOUNDER, DIRECTOR & DISTILLER

Meet our head distiller and man at the helm, Michael Earp. Being no stranger to hard work and pursuing projects a little left of field, for Michael, it's all about a passionate pursuit towards creating a world class distillery in Newcastle.

Known for being famously hands on, Michael's ethos of work hard, play hard, is always at the forefront.

Richard Earp

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

As Joint Managing Director of the family business (Earp Bros - Surface Evolution) alongside his brother Michael for the past few decades, Richard is passionate about all things hard work. He’s no stranger to the world of hospitality (from both sides of the bar) and is a lover of rum, wine, and is slowly warming to whisky. A global traveller and a keen skier of snow, water, grass, and bitumen (it’s a long story), Richard is an outdoorsman with a love of the ocean.  

Andrew Earp

PRODUCTION MANAGER & DISTILLER

A multi-faceted raconteur, part man / part enigma, although far from a tradie, with his hands or any tool, Andy is definitely handy to have around.

A lover of detail and always the first to ask why in a constant search for utmost efficiency. Thoughtful and enquiring, Andy is always happy to listen.

Skilled in metalwork, special effects and home-brewing (now distilling), paired with the skill of consumption.

Cameron Burns

OPERATIONS MANAGER & DISTILLER

Having spent the last 13 years in the hospitality industry managing bars, nightclubs, pubs and restaurants Cameron has seen the industry grow and change and brings that wealth of experience into both the bar and the distillery.

A lover of a great drop - be it whisky or wine, Cameron is always happy to toast to any occasion.

Evan Renfrew

COMPLIANCE MANAGER & DISTILLER

As the compliance manager, or more affectionately our Stillman, Evan is our workhorse keeping the home fires burning.

Combining maths, chemistry and alcohol to wonderful effect, Evan is ferociously passionate about distilling, whisky, rum, and friends of the four-legged variety.

Joshua Earp

MARKETING MANAGER

The head of our marketing division and token 'man about town' Josh has a Master's Degree in 'google everything'. As a representative of the sixth generation of the Earp family business, Josh is always looking for a way to be one step ahead of the next great idea. Certified lover of surf, snow and sustainability (and alliteration), whether birkenstocks or black tie, Josh is our go-to guy.

NEXT GENERATION EQUIPMENT

The next evolution in distilling

When initial plans were drawn for the distillery, our team had the chance to do things a little differently. We wanted to question the norms of distilling and in true Earp style have never been afraid to ask why done is done.

Unlike traditional stills our next generation equipment is made from high-quality stainless steel and is destined to outlast copper counterparts by decades. Our stills are designed to be run in two modes - pot still or column still mode, meaning we can produce any kind of spirit imaginable including whisky, rum, brandy, gin, vodka and liqueurs.

Still of steel

Made from high quality stainless steel, our stills are strong and chemically inactive, outlasting copper by decades. Copper requires chemicals for cleaning and facilitates the formation of Ethyl Carbamate (a suspected mild-carcinogen), however copper can be useful in controlling sulfur contamination - by integrating removable copper catalytic waffles, we can control sulfur contamination as required.

Packing a punch

The most common question we get asked when someone sees our stills? "What are the springs in the column?" Our column is filled with stainless steel packing coils to create reflux when needed and open space when distilling in potstill mode.

Square is the new round

The patented flush square boiler offers many benefits including preventing 'agitation of shearing'. This ensures we get a much more stable distillation run with more control over what flavour components are selected and harvested.

90% energy efficiency

Through the use of stainless steel, insulation and innovative design, our stills operate with up to 90% more energy efficiency than traditional copper stills.

Intelligent Automation

Using automation and robotization we get total control over our spirits production process. This helps us ensure we make the exact same top shelf spirit over and over again. Did we mention we can even control our stills on our phones?

Direct heating

Insulated heaters inside our stills , coupled with our jet propulsion agitators, give us direct access to the Maillard Reaction without the risk of scorching (more on the Maillard Reaction below).

25% more flavour

The Maillard Reaction

The Maillard reaction is a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars that gives browned food its distinctive flavour. Seared steaks, fried dumplings, cookies and other kinds of biscuits, breads, toasted marshmallows and many other foods undergo this reaction.

Our stills use direct heating. In combination with the square boiler and jet propulsion agitator, we get access to the Maillard reaction for 25% more flavour, without the risk of scorching.

Our Stills

More than just equipment.

Our stills and fermenters have been carefully designed and assembled in the Netherlands using the highest quality materials and electrical components. Our stills and fermenters are more than just pieces of equipment, they are an extension of our vision for a new normal in the distilling world, where modern technology is embraced, but tradition and heritage is not forgotten.

ZEUS

Zeus is our 5000 litre reflux column still with both pot and column distilling modes.

HERMES

Hermes (son of Zeus) is our 500 litre reflux column still which also has both pot and column distilling modes.

ARTEMIS & APOLLO

Artemis & Apollo are our twin 5000 litre fermenters with pH, SG and temperature monitoring.

THE MINI'S

Our distillery lab is home to eight 5 litre stills which we use for rapid R&D of our spirits, and for our Spirit School.

Pure H20

Triple filtered

Our water is sourced from Newcastle town water - Grahamstown, Chichester dams and Tomago sandbeds and triple filtered in the distillery. We use Carbon filtering, followed by Reverse Osmosis and Ultra Violet Light filtration, giving us the purest water possible for use in spirits production.

As the majority of what's in the bottle is water, ensuring this is as clean and pure as possible is of the utmost importance to us.

Carbon filtering removes chlorine, unpleasant taste and odour, dirt, sediment and rust.

Reverse Osmosis membranes remove viruses, bacteria and parasites, in addition to TDS, heavy metals, fluoride, herbicides, pesticides, unpleasant odours and tastes.

Ultra Violet water purification is the most effective method for disinfecting bacteria in water. UV light rays penetrate harmful pathogens in the water and destroy illness causing micro-organisms by attacking their genetic core (DNA).

Mature for our years

Quality oak for quality spirits

Travelling the world to source the highest quality materials, we've built relationships with leading cooperages and bodegas around the globe to ensure the ageing process imparts beautifully rich and distinctive flavours to our spirits. We have many aged spirits currently in production and maturation, including iconically Australian rum and whisky.

Our barrels include Spanish ex-sherry (Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso), American virgin oak, American ex-bourbon and Australian vintage casks.

Botanicals

Earp-ssential ingredients

Crucial to the overall flavour journey of our spirits, the botanicals we select are from the finest growers from all over the world, as well as native botanicals from our own backyard. We continuously experiment with new botanicals, tinctures and distillates - which means new flavour experiences are always just around the corner.

Angelica Root

Albania

Aniseed Myrtle

Australia

Blueberry

Australia

Bush Tomato

Australia

Cardamon Seed

Guatemala

Chamomile

Egypt

Cherry

Australia

Cinnamon Myrtle

Australia

Cinnamon

China

Clove

Indonesia

Coconut

Sri Lanka

Coriander

India

Cornflower Blue

Albania

Correa Tea

Australia

Cumin

India

Currents

Australia

Dried Apple

Australia

Dried Banana

Australia

Dried Peach

Australia

Elderflower

Ukraine

Fennel Seed

India

Finger Lime

Australia

Geraldton Wax

Australia

Geranium

Australia

Hibiscus Flower

Nigeria

Honey

Australia

Jasmine Tea

China

Juniper

Macedonia

Kola Nut

West Africa

Kunzea

Australia

Lavendar Flowers

France

Lemon Grass

Germany

Lemon Myrtle

Australia

Lemon

Australia

Lime

Australia

Limetree Flower

Australia

Liquorice Root

China

Muntries

Australia

Native Blood Lime

Australia

Native River Mint

Australia

Native Sea Celery

Australia

Native Weeping Grass

Australia

Nutmeg

Indonesia

Orris Root

Albania

Peppermint Gum

Australia

Plum

Australia

Quandong

Australia

Raspberry

Australia

Riberry

Australia

Rose Bud

China

Rosella Flower

Australia

Rosemary

Albania

Saltbush Seeds

Australia

Sea Parsley

Australia

Star Anise

China

Strawberry

Australia

Strawberry Gum

Australia

Tasman Pepperberry

Australia

Tasman Pepper Leaf

Australia

Vanillibos

Australia

Wattleseed

Australia

Wild NT Basil

Australia

Wormwood

Hungary