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DERVILLA MCGOWAN

We put a call-out to the women in Australian distilling to give us an insight into who they are, and why they chose this industry, here’s some of their responses!


Dervilla Mcgowan

Owner and Distiller at Anther Distillery, VIC


HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY? 


8 years.


WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN THE INDUSTRY?


Ive always loved spirits. I worked as a bartender for many years and when the opportunity to become a distiller came up in 2015 I was excited for the change.


YOUR MOST PROUD MOMENTS IN THE INDUSTRY? 


Our collaboration with the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation.


'Ms Gina' was made in collaboration with the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation with proceeds from the sale of every bottle of Ms Gina directly supporting vital funding of research and programs.


WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND TO BE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN THE INDUSTRY?


Understanding consumer behavior, since 2020 there has been no year that has been the same. Prior to COVID it was quite predictable, but now our industry is struggling as people are more financially conscious due to rising interest rates and cost of living.


WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE THAT KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT AUSSIE CRAFT SPIRITS? 


Only a low percentage of spirits drank in Australia are made in Australia and if you're going to have a lovely gin make it an Australian gin as we have some of the most highly awarded and highest quality gin in the world.


WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF?


The thing I'd like to tell my younger self is nobody really knows what they're doing, most people fake it. Just go for things and don't overthink.


WHAT IS YOUR SPECIAL TALENT/PARTY TRICK?


I can stay up all night long whether I'm sober or having a drink as long as there is good conversation.


ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU WANT US TO KNOW?


I'd like to shout out everyone hurting in the industry, everyone is doing it tough just know that you're not alone, no matter who you are.


WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU THE MOST IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?


There's not one particular person that has inspired me but rather all strong, entrepreneurial women in the industry.


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