Us and 0ur Kaupapa
Who we are.
Our philosophy is that life is for living.
Our unique spirits, liqueurs and cocktails, created through the expertise of lead distiller and co-owner Bec Kay, have already become mainstays of the Wellington bar scene and beyond, while our premium canned Cocktail Collusion range now brings top shelf mixology expertise into the homes and backyards of cocktail-loving Kiwis across Aotearoa.
No high brow distillery, The Bond Store is an innovative and fun-loving makery of spirits that's shaking up the way Kiwis right across the country think about their favourite tipples.
Focussing on sustainable practices in our craft, our distillery’s sought-after products range from a delicate, botanical Kawakawa gin, infused with native leaves handpicked from Bec and co-owner Chris Barber’s own rural property, to delectable coffee vodka made with organic beans in collaboration with Wellington coffee powerhouse L’affare.
We try to think about things differently and challenge others to do the same. A limited edition release of their Kawakawa gin now comes housed in a handmade wooden rat trap instead of a gift box, to help people take a hands-on approach to conservation by getting out and trapping rats in their own backyards with the first ever gin-rat-trap. It’s just one example of how we not only distill a relaxed, Kiwi feel into our products, but also prompt everyone - from merchant to consumer - to think about their individual impact.
It's pretty simple, really.
Think about the planet and the people that live on it with every decision we make.
Run a great business, do great business - but not with dicks.
Make great products that are recognised for their quality.
And life is short.
Be pure, not precious
Bottle Swap Scheme
In 2020, Bec and Chris came. up with a plan to reduce the estimated 352,000 tonnes of packaging going to NZ landfills each year with its innovative swapper system; which sees its glass bottles used up to 10 times before being recycled - and wants to encourage other drink and food producers to do the same.
The scheme sees bars, cafes and restaurants able to return used gin and vodka bottles to the distillery, so they can be cleaned, refilled and returned up to seven times before they are eventually sent for recycling. It was increased through a Waste Minimisation Grant from the Kāpiti Coast District Council and has saved thousands of bottles as well as reducing costs for their participating customers as the distillery doesn’t have to purchase new bottles.