If artisan, certified-organic, paddock-to-bottle, locally-produced, small-batch spirits are your thing, then Bar Macca is the place for you.
Bar Macca has a menu featuring locally produced spirits from Tintenbar Distillery and Husk Distillers, paired with mixers from Pyewacket Shrubs and gourmet food plates designed to match the drinks offering. From a refreshing G&T to a Vodka Mint Julep there are a range of local samples to try.
Tintenbar Distillery is a family farm affair, born out of a shared love of gin and whiskey and some serious practice-led research into all sorts of hillbilly activities, experimenting with native and homegrown ingredients. The use of local ingredients here goes down to the grains, grown on-farm or sourced-locally from organic producers as are the botanicals. Bar Macca serve both Old Greg’s Famous Potato Bazooka Vodka and Tuckombil Dry Gin.
Husk Distillers, producers of the now famous, colour-changing Ink Gin, is set on 150 acres of farmland in Tumbulgum. Ink Gin is flavoured with botanicals including the traditional juniper berry, as well as locally-grown lemon myrtle leaf, coriander seed, Tasmanian pepper berry and sundried sweet orange peel.
Opened in 2012, Husk’s vision was to create an Australian take on agricole rum, made using fresh sugar cane juice instead of the variety more commonly made from molasses, Husk’s Ink Gin and Pure Cane Rum are served at Bar Macca.
These are mixed with premium sodas and tonics as well as shrubs. A “shrub” is the old-fashioned name for a fruit and herb preserve. Pyewackets botanical shrubs, which are made of seasonal fruit, herbs, spices, sugar and organic apple cider vinegar that are macerated, fermented and pressed by hand, all without heat, handmade by Katrina and Genna near Lismore.
We also stock wines and Seven Mile Brewing Co. beers. Seven Mile Brewing Co. is a family owned and operated business located in Ballina. They have a sincere and passionate focus on local produce, and the local community.
Our interest in establishing Bar Macca was to showcase local products, expand our restaurant offering and offer adult visitors to the Castle some delicious, distinctive delights. The fine food products we sell through our retail store and restaurant reflect local flavours and this is a continuation of this.
Bar Macca is open 12pm-4.30pm daily. Tasting plates $20 or individual drinks $12.
Groups: If you are planning on bringing a group of 6+ you are welcome to contact us to let us know.