An Interview with Chief Distiller, Luke Jacques

“When I first tried an Animus gin it was a revelation - the complex, yet refreshing flavours redefined what for me a gin could be and why so many Australians are embracing the gin renaissance. Luke Jacques, co-owner of the award winning Animus Distillery, located in Piper Street Kyneton, talks to Calder Western about the burgeoning brand and its fastidious nature, and his passion for exotic lounge music and heady cocktails.”

Calder Western

7 September 2019


11 of the coolest places to drink gin in Victoria

“If sinking into a chesterfield lounge and kicking back with an espresso gintini or sloe gin sour sounds like your idea of a weekend well spent, then this cellar door-come-cocktail lounge is the place to do it.”


4 June 2019


Here’s what Aussie distilleries have in store for World Gin Day

“Visit us at our premium cocktail lounge in Kyneton; relax on our Chesterfield lounges, enjoy a gin flight, cocktail or G&T served with biodegradable wheat stem straws (we say ‘no’ to plastic straws), while enjoying a tasting plate of local produce.”

Beat Magazine

29 May 2019


Animus Featured in Gin Foundry UK

“First impression from a quick sip is that it’s surprisingly smooth for 50% ABV and that overall, it’s bright and vivacious throughout…”

Gin Foundry

20 March 2019

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Victorian Premier Visits Animus Distillery

“…dedicate themselves full time to their budding business on Piper Street, the historic strip that has been a catalyst for Kyneton’s renewal as a place of artisanal stores and hatted restaurants.”

The Age

3 November 2018


Concrete Playground: Six Game Changing Victorian Distilleries.

These distilleries might have flown under your radar, but they're producing some of the country's best gins and whiskies.

Concrete Playground

17 October 2018

Rob, Joel, Aaron and Luke, the four founders of Animus Distillery

Rob, Joel, Aaron and Luke, the four founders of Animus Distillery

Gin Foundry - Interview

Ahead of Junipalooza Melbourne, we’ve caught up with a few distillers and owners, to talk all things Gin, Australia and what they’ve been up to. Top of that list, was one quarter of team Animus, Rob Turner, who have recently launched their new Davidsonia Gin, with stocks selling out within days…

Gin Foundry

16 October 2018


Better Homes & Gardens

Joanna Griggs the Better Homes and Gardens team visit Animus Distillery and try their hand at making gin.

Better Homes & Gardens

21 September 2018


Lilith’s Kiss

“We are pretty stoked to find out that Animus Distillery have just announced their latest release - Davidsonia Gin. And they took the time to create a brand new wizz bang unbelievably gorgeous new cocktail just for Lost Magazine and you guys.”

Lost Magazine

26 August 2018

Gin Foundary Animus Distillery feature

Gin Foundry

"Representative of modern, inclusive Australia, the team behind this distillery is what sells the overall package. This isn’t a former distilling/winery/drinks trade troop, rather its a gaggle of friends who started down this path and in doing so managed to build something quite beautiful."

Gin Foundry UK includes Animus Distillery in their list of Australian Gins to watch

13th July 2018


Aussie Gins You Need To Try

“Think bold flavours of mandarin, kaffir lime, white sesame, galangal and ginger, with an even bolder technicolour bottle.”

Urban List includes Animus Ambrosian Gin amongst their 13 Australian gins, which need to be tried ASAP.

23 April 2013


Get Outta Town & The Art of Country Living

A peek into one of the founders of Animus Distillery and his radio show, The Lukewarm Cocktail hour, on MainFM.

18 April 2018

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Gourmet Traveller

The prestigious and widely-read Gourmet Traveller features our award-winning Arboretum Gin in their "Top Drops: April 2018" list. 

10th April 2018

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The team at Gourmantic share their Top 10 Favourite Gins from "Gin the Show", including our Arboretum Gin.

10th April 2018



Australian Bartender

Australian Bartender reports on the 10 Best Australian Spirits from the 2018 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards including our Champion Australian Small Batch Spirit award win for our Arboretum Gin.

22nd March 2018


Lost Magazine

“The air is filled with the aroma of spices and fragrant herbs. They are intermingled and intertwined making it is difficult to discern one single note. There’s juniper. Was that orange peel? Fennel? This Phil Spector style wall-of-perfume greets you when you walk into Kyneton’s Animus Distillery.”

Lost Magazine

1 March 2018


Domain: Has Kyneton bested Melbourne as a cultural hub?

“It’s clear that Kyneton’s revival continues apace as the town attracts a growing band of talent from Melbourne and beyond… An award-winning gin distillery, Animus, has just moved to town; a tiny French restaurant called Ma Cave has been awarded a hat by the Good Food Guide; and a new contemporary arts festival is in the early stages of planning for a 2018 debut.”


6 December 2017

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Turn Around Here

Turn Around Here will tell you how to find the best places to eat, drink, stay, shop and visit in the Macedon Ranges.

29 September 2017