Aussie-born gin distillery Four Pillars has taken home the crown for International Gin Producer Of The Year at a huge spirits competition in London, beating out other international distilleries, including the one that copped the accolades last year.

First, we took the Ashes from the UK, and now we’re taking home a gin award from the HOME of gin.

The Yarra Valley gang took home the most prestigious award from the 50th Annual International Wine and Spirits Competition in the UK, which is pretty much seen as the Oscars for the booze industry.

It marks the very first time that an Australian distillery has taken out the gong for the world’s best gin producer, beating out Kangaroo Island Distillery from South Australia, Bimmerle KG from Germany, and K.K. Number One Drinks (The Kyoto Distillery) from Japan.

I mean yes OKAY there’s an entirely separate section purely for UK gin but hey, let us have this. Let us be recognised as having the best gin in the world, ok?

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FOUR PILLARS GIN IS THE IWSC 2019 INTERNATIONAL GIN PRODUCER OF THE YEAR! Never in our wildest dreams did we think while we were making test batches back in 2013 that just shy of six years old we'd be claiming this title on the world stage! This award is a tribute to every single person who has helped us make, sell, drink and buy our gins. It's an award for our entire business, and every member of our growing gin family here in beautiful Healesville. Cam and Joe are celebrating in London, and we're having it large here! Join us for FREE tastings at the distillery all weekend, enjoy FREE SHIPPING from our website using the code DRINK BETTER GIN, and with every 700mL bottle purchased from our MYER pop-up gin stores you'll get a free bar of our Rare Dry Gin Chocolate. Get around it, celebrate, go large folks. What a bloody awesome day!! #FourPillarsGin #DrinkBetterGin #IWSC #Healesville #YarraValley #gin #distillery

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It’s not surprising that Four Pillars grabbed the gold this year, with a catalogue of gins that are not only extremely award-winning but also incredibly good at getting you delightfully wankered on a summer’s afternoon. What’s not to love here?

The Four Pillars Christmas Gin is also a hotly-anticipated drop when it gets released every year, and its Bloody Shiraz gin has a god damned /cult-like following (including my mum, who I fear would have traded me off for a bottle of it if it were around in the 90s.)

So please join me in raising a hi-ball g&t to the champions at Four Pillars, who can now count themselves as official bigwigs in the gin business, and are just as good (if not strides better) than the Brits who pretty much pioneered the stuff as booze and not a weird medicine.

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