Self-confessed Fremantle parochials Jason Townes and Matt Giudice have made more than their fair share of investment in the port city. The duo’s past projects include Strange Company and Ronnie Nights, plus Giudice helped build Bread in Common. Now they’ve joined with Townes’s long-time friend John McVeigh to build a gin distillery and accompanying venue in Freo’s west end. Enter Republic of Fremantle.

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