Far North Queensland’s distillers have come away with a swag of medals at the 2022 World Gin Awards, including Best Australian Navy gin taken out by Devils Thumb Distillery.

The Port Douglas-based business also won a silver award for its Rainforest Gin and a bronze for its Signature Dry.

Silver awards also went to Distil on the Hill and Wolf Lane Distillery’s Tropical Gin.

The Hospo Group's ‘wolf pack’ entered two products and also claimed a bronze for its Davidson’s Plum Gin.


“We are over the moon with our recent wins,” Hospo Group Director Darren Barber said.

“It’s great to compete against gins from all over the world and get recognised by professional judges.” 

Newcomer Eventide Hills Distillery, based on the Atherton Tablelands, also came away with a bronze medal for its Reflection Gin.

A map of the region’s award-winning distillers and brewers has now been developed.

Go to Brewers and Distillers FNQ to find out more.


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