We’ve had a last minute spot open up in our booked out September course! Make sure you book ASAP to ensure you don’t miss out.


Old Kempton Distillery school was born out of sheer necessity, when in 2005, after being granted the first small scale distillery license in Australia since 1839, people began beating down the door looking for technical expertise from the Larks.

With over 27 years of experience to share, Bill, Kristy and Lyn Lark, along with Mark Nicholson- an experienced teacher and good friend of the Larks- came up with the idea of putting all that knowledge into a hands-on “how to distill course”.

Our three day school is specifically designed for those seeking to join the craft distilling industry.


Our course covers all aspects of the science, business development, legislation and marketing required to run a successful licensed distillery in Australia. We have a phenomenal track record of success for the participants and pride ourselves on offering continued support to anyone who attends the school.


The Distillery School is run in Dysart House, Kempton, and allows you to do hands-on distilling, calculations and all manner of work with spirits along side the Old Kempton team. Mark Nicholson has travelled the world learning the art of Distilling and is open to all questions based on what the student specifically would like to learn from us.


Old Kempton Distillery makes a wide range of spirits including Whisky, a variety of gins, Apple Liqueur and our very popular Lavender Malt Liqueur – this means no matter what you are interested in making we will be able to provide you with hands on training and advice.


The third day of school will see you visiting cooperages, full scale automated distilleries, craft distilleries, still makers, wash supply breweries and of course, Lark Distillery, where this great Tasmanian journey began. This day provides invaluable insight into the scope and complexity of the craft distilling industry.


Email erin@oldkemptondistillery.com.au for more information, bookings and payment plan options.