It was all due to 18 years of working in the mental health sector that Troy Read had reached his limits. Looking to make changes for the better and clear his head of heavy thoughts, the natural beauty of Far North Queensland was his mental paint for a brighter picture to come. Troy was no slacker when he took-on a challenge that would stone the crows using an idea that made perfect sense.
Using the local lifestyle and laid back FNQ flare that plays a big part in this region, borne an idea that wasn’t hard to swallow. This is where Croc Piss started from countless hours of research, refining, and distillation. But much like any other success story can evolve, it’s the heart and soul of Far North Queensland that needed to be carefully preserved in a drinkable form to maintain that wild and tropical nature FNQ locals have come to love.
With the help from friends and family, Troy decided to start FNQ Spirits by applying for a liquor license and worked slowly toward getting set up to get products ready. This started with renting a modest 100 square meter shed located in Bungalow. It might not have been the best thing since sliced bread, but Troy knew he needed to deliver the goods when the time came.
After the very first still arrived, the decision to use the name Croc Piss made perfect sense. The still itself had reservations that would require refining and fine-tuning. It took 6-months just for experimentation and trying different yeasts. These were all tested with higher and lower sugar concentrations on each batch. Finally, when the recipe was nearly refined, the first barrels had arrived, and just in time! Croc Piss Clear was already born.