Month: March 2012

Wine Trends for Twenty Twelve

The most valuable thing I learned while teaching was if you’re not getting the right answers, then you’re probably asking the wrong questions. So if you’re asking guests what wine they’d like to drink and the frustratingly reoccurring answer is still Savvy B – then it’s time you rephrased.

Sure customer choice will ultimately guide the decision but there’s no harm in showcasing something that educates and adds to their experience in your venue. Some research recently published in Wine Australia: Directions to 2025 highlighted a few good points that could be handy if you’re trying to work out what to sell in 2012 and how to sell it

Havana Club Añejo 3 Años

Pernod-Ricard has recently unveiled another addition to the Havana Club range of premium rums, Havana Club Añejo 3 Años. All Havana Club rums are produced to exacting Cuban traditions and undergo a rigorous selection and tasting process in order to bear the label.


Australian Bartender scooped this new venue a few months ago and Assembly is now humming along to a busy crowd and a good vibe. “We’ve already been well and truly adopted by locals who were starved of a place like ours at this end of the city, said Ben Taouss (ex-Pocket bar) who is heading up the team. “We’ve had heaps of appreciative comments about how friendly and helpful our staff are as well!” So their obviously doing a few things right.

The Maestro Recreates History

Salvatore ‘The Maestro’ Calabrese recently hosted an exclusive night at the Playboy Club (London) using vintage and rare spirits to recreate classic cocktails while reading recipes from a first edition copy of Jerry Thomas’ 1862 cocktail book The Bartender’s Guide: How to mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant’s Companion.

“I have always been fascinated with history and began collecting vintage spirits many years ago,” Calabrese told Bartender, “and came up with the idea to create a Unique Vintage Cocktail list that would offer the lucky few an opportunity to actually taste a little bit of cocktail history.”

Foster’s Lost – Another Aussie Icon Gone

Australians take their beer seriously and while I’m sure most of the Foster’s brands will stay in the market and not much will change we also like the idea that something is owned by Australians and that the profits stay in the country. When something with so much history and connection to Australian culture loses it way and gets taken over I, like many Australians, see that as a real shame even though I’m sure new owner SAB Miller (the worlds second largest Brewery after InterBev) will do a much better job running the business based on their success around the world.

Bogans & bars in the land of the gods

Bali is truly an international destination. It attracts visitors from all over the world including huge numbers of Japanese, Russians, Dutch, and French and of course Australians – unfortunately the latter don’t have the best reputation due to their well-deserved trouble making ways (at least try saying you’re a Kiwi if your having trouble getting into a club). Think planeloads of bogan Bathurst 100 supporters and Jim Beam & Cola Can drinkers all wearing Bintang shirts and braded hair running amuck. That’s our typical Aussie visitor.

2011 Bar of the Year – closes its doors.

Match Bar (Bar of the Year Australian Bar Awards 2011) has closed its doors after a three year tenure. “We would like to thank you all for your patronage and friendship for the last three years,” said bar manager Russ McFadden, and the Match team, when confirming the news recently.

Tovaritch Vodka. Just Add Instinct!

Tovaritch vodka, a five times distilled, twenty times filtered grain based spirit is now available through NILWA.

Produced and bottled in the St. Petersburg region of Russa, Tovaritch has been gathering a swath of medals in recent years making it an ideal choice for your bar’s speed rail – the name means ‘friend’ or ‘buddy’ in Russian – and all you need to do is just add instinct to make some sensational vodka cocktails.

Cocktail Keys: Unlocking the Cocktail Basics

Since 1806 cocktail culture has exploded along side social evolution and drinks evolved from fashionable tastes, changing styles and some say the pace of life. In 1862 Jerry Thomas cemented many of these popular styles in his book The Bartender’s Guide thus cementing categories to which we still reference today.

By understanding the drinks listed forthwith, so-called our Cocktail Keys,

Drinks With: Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller

Jeff Arnett is the latest in an esteemed line-up of whiskey men to hold the position of master distiller at the iconic Jack Daniel’s distillery. While he spends most of his time in Lynchburg, USA looking after the world famous Tennessee whiskey, Australian Bartender magazine was fortunate enough to grab the exclusive interview with him in preparation for his first trip to Australia.