At Bar Week, find out how to get the geeky booze

As the trade has become more knowledgeable about the stuff they put in people’s glasses, so too has the size of your standard back bar grown. It’s not just the number of spirits bartenders stock that is important, it’s the breadth and variety of bottlings they now have at their disposal and we’re seeing used in drinks.

The race to stock the geekiest brands is definitely underway. This workshop will hear from makers, bartenders and suppliers about why the rise of these small batch, limited edition spirits has come about, and how you can get your hands on the best gear out there before anyone else.

The Race to stock the Geekiest Brands is on!


Time: 12.30pm – 1.15pm
Location: theloft, King Street Wharf
Cost: Day pass $25. Click here to book.

  • James France, Vanguard Luxury Brands
  • Stu Gregor, Four Pillars Gin
  • Sven Almenning, Speakeasy Group
  • Ben Davidson, Pernod Ricard
  • Jason Williams, Keystone
  • Jeremy Spencer, The West Winds Gin
  • Hosted by David Spanton, Bartender Magazine

We discuss the rise of the limited releases, small batch producers and distributors and how to get your hands on the best stuff first.


To attend you’ll need a $25 workshop day pass, which gets you to all the workshops on Tuesday the 30th of September. Make sure you don’t miss out as there’s only limited seats for the day — to book  your ticket to the workshops, click here to download the booking form.

Check out the list of other workshops taking place that day — your day pass will get you access to each workshop.

Bartender Workshop 1
Japanese Whisky Masterclass  presented by Suntory Whisky
Time: 11.30am – 12.15pm
Discover the art of Japanese whisky and gain an insight into Suntory’s highly acclaimed whisky distilleries, presented by Club Suntory.

Bartender Workshop 2
The race to stock the geekiest brands in on!
Time: 12.30pm — 1.15pm
Panel: James France, Vanguard Luxury Brands; Stu Gregor, Four Pillars Gin; Sven Almenning, Speakeasy Group;  Ben Davidson, Pernod Ricard; Jason Williams, Group Bars Manager Keystone

Bartender Workshop 3
“Craft Bourbon” – Presented by Woodford Reserve
Time: 1.45 – 2.30pm
What is a true craft Bourbon?  This masterclass by Woodford Reserve, a distillery which has pioneered innovative practices that have shaped the entire Bourbon industry.

Bartender Workshop 5
Jalisco Heartbreak presented by Herradura Tequila
Time: 2.45 – 3.30pm
A glimpse into the sustainability of the Blue Agave & Tequila industries.

Bartender Workshop 4
Bar Publicity & Advertising 
Time: 3.45 – 4.30pm
The do’s & don’ts to promote yourself or your bar. Panel: Jeanine Bribosia, The Cru Media; Corinne Mossati, Gourmantic; Ben Shipley, Everyday Drinking; Sam Bygrave, Bartender Magazine; Mike Enright, The Barber Shop.



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