Justin & Brett turner stillhouse story

Justin Turner | founder, owner & distiller

Turner Stillhouse’s Founder and Distiller, Justin Turner, is an American in Tasmania. He married a Tasmanian from a multi-generational farming family and has cultivated an obsession with Tasmanian spirits and food ever since. Born and raised in Northern California, Justin’s family owned and operated a family winery that also produced brandy and other spirits – distilling is in his blood.  Justin spent over a decade in New York City working as a finance executive before making the decision to return to his roots and start a craft distillery.  He founded Turner Stillhouse to create consistently awesome spirits – each and every time.  He brings creativity to his recipes and a unique American influence, while working within the tradition of fine Tasmanian distilling.

Brett Coulson | distiller

Brett is a Tasmanian with an extensive brewing background and serves alongside Justin as the Company’s co-distiller.    Brett worked for many years  for the state’s biggest brewery, and is a self-confessed ‘Liquor Enthusiast’, having spent the majority of his career working within the liquor industry.  More recently he pursued his passion for quality craft spirits, and after passing his distilling exams through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), he jumped at the opportunity to join Turner Stillhouse.  Brett likes to collect antique Tasmanian furniture to store his ever growing whisky collection.

Katie Elphinstone | account manager (Tasmania/SA/WA)

Katie joined Turner Stillhouse in early 2021 as the Tasmania Account Manager, while also covering other key national accounts.  She comes with an extensive 20+ year career of sales in alcohol and management at large hospitality companies.    Contact:

Dianne McFarlane | account manager (NSW/Victoria/ACT)

Dianne joined Turner Stillhouse in 2022 as the NSW Account Manager based in Sydney, while also covering other key national accounts.  She comes with an extensive 20+ year career of sales in alcohol, most recently as Senior Account Manager at Coca-Cola Amatil.    Contact:

We look forward to handcrafting best in class Gin, Whisky (single malt and American style), and other select spirits.