About Us

Meet our founder and distiller

Family photo of Aaron Rieniets in Townsville december 2019


Aaron Rieniets, MBA. 

Meet Aaron Rieniets, MBA - our Founder and Distiller, who's a bit of a "jack-of-all-trades" and a connoisseur of all things boozy. Originally from Melbourne, Aaron moved to Portland, Oregon in the U.S. to get a taste of the local distillery scene.

After returning to Australia in 2019, Aaron decided to set up shop in Townsville, QLD because he heard the local beaches were the perfect spot for catching some rays and sipping on a refreshing cocktail. With a passion for creating uniquely Australian and tropical flavors, Aaron set to work on designing a brand that combined a bit of Aussie humor with a commitment to quality and authenticity.

At Tan Lines Distilling, we take our spirits seriously, but not ourselves. We believe that life's too short to drink boring booze, and we're on a mission to bring a bit of fun to the craft of distilling. So, whether you're sipping on our award-winning rum or enjoying a gin and tonic garnished with a slice of Queensland sunshine, we promise to bring a smile to your face.

Our core values are simple: integrity, community, and legacy. But don't worry, we won't quiz you on them at the bar. We're just happy to have you here, and we hope you'll join us in raising a glass to good times and great spirits. Cheers, mate!