Four Pillars Co-Founder inducted into Australian Distillers Hall of Fame

Four Pillars Gin Co-founder Stuart Gregor has been inducted into the Australian Distillers Hall of Fame alongside Lark Whisky Co-founder Lyn Lark at the Gala Dinner of the Australian Distillers Annual Conference in Melbourne. 

Gregor becomes Hall of Fame inductee number six, after the four founding fathers of the modern Australian craft distilling scene were the inaugural inductees in 2022.

The first four are Bill Lark, Cameron Syme, Patrick Maguire and posthumously Raymond ‘Spike’ Dessert.

Gregor was President of Australian Distillers from 2014 to 2022 and his induction is recognition of this alongside the part he has played in building Four Pillars into the business it is today.

Australian Distillers (formerly Australian Distillers Association) is the industry’s peak body and during Gregor’s tenure membership grew tenfold from around 30 members to well over 400.

“This is a rare honour and something that is a testament, if nothing else, for how far we have come as an industry and how well Australian Distillers has evolved since I got out of the way last year,” said Gregor.

“My time with the ADA was only made possible because I have two such awesome Co-founders Cam Mackenzie and Matt Jones, who frankly freed up so much spare time for me, it was good fortune I had some industry lobbying to keep me occupied.

“The day we received notification of the full $350,000 excise rebate in 2021 was a red-letter day as was the appointment of Paul McLeay as our first CEO. Both those things have immeasurably improved the lot of every single distiller in Australia.

“And, of course, we owe enormous gratitude to those who went before us and did the hard yards. And it’s pretty cool coming in alongside Lyn.”

The Hall of Fame announcements were made at the largest ever Australian Distillers conference, attended by more than 500 delegates, a far cry from the 2014 ‘conference’ held at the original Starward distillery which attracted 16 attendees.

“We’ve come a long way and have a long way to travel,” said Gregor.

“Australian Distillers is in great shape, there are great state bodies everywhere including NSW, surely we need to get Minns on the gins, and while we have much to still fight for as excise is going to top $100 per litre of alcohol this year, we also have much to celebrate.”

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