By late afternoon the back patio at Castle Del Pyro was now more a potential crime scene then an afternoon taste test of this relatively new drop. The tunes were cranked up and as tradition dictates, the fresh bottle of Croc Piss was opened with the black metal cap sent sailing into the bin.
The shot glasses were then dutifully filled and issued out to the gathered judges, and it was bottoms up then repeat. Like most of us I love a good Aussie Battler story and after having a yarn with FNQ Spirits owner and Croc Piss Brewer Troy Read, I thought I should share his story with our Live to Ride Readers.
After 18 years of working in Mental Health and Disability Services seems that Troy Read woke with one morning with somewhat of an epiphany. It was time to do something for himself, it was time to start his own local distillery here in Cairn’s and so that’s exactly what he did and when he did, he went all in and just like his products, there was no half measures.
It was no easy road just quietly; others may have given it away. But not Troy. Seems that there was a line-up of red tape and other nay sayers that were lining up to sink the boots into his dream.
For every answer Troy had for solving some new regulation, a new one was pulled out of some one’s arse to try and stifle his progress. Now with a few years under his belt and together with assistance with his son, things are slowly going his way. The Cairns based FNQ Spirits may be a humble set up, positioned just off the Captain Cook Highway but inside it’s definitely all business, yes sir.
It’s taken a lot of hard work, but their flag ship Croc Piss is now making its way onto bottle shop shelves across QLD and interstate, The Team at FNQ Spirits are not afraid to experiment either. Coffee and Papaya Liqueurs, Vodka, Lime Zello and even a beef jerky have joined the ranks of their product range now and their hard work has paid off big time.
Earlier this year Croc Piss scored the accolade of picking up the 2021 Melbourne International Spirits Gold Award for his rum flavoured offering. This win was paired with a Silver Award for Best Vodka.
Big cheers to that eh?