The June issue is packed with interviews from some smart bar industry people — take a look at our chat with Luke Whearty, owner of influential Singapore bar Operation Dagger; find out what one of Australia's most in-demand distillers does each day with our Day in the Life with Brendan Carter of Unico Zelo and Applewood Distillery; follow mezcal ambassador Phil Bayly off the beaten track through the back roads of Mexico; and get tips from Speakeasy Group's Sven Almenning on how to negotiate a better deal for you bar with liquor brands.
If you like supporting small brands and uncovering little known gems then the Indie Spirits Tasting is tailor-made for you. Direct from the Margaret River in WA is the gin brand that is growing in popularity nationwide - West Winds Gin. Kiki Ward, Shipmate and brand ambassador, gave us some insight into the brand.
"When I described the path I took each month to collect the fresh botanicals the branding became obvious. I would travel through Nowhere Else, cross the Dasher River and arrive in Paradise to harvest fresh botanicals for Meadow Gin," says Dasher + Fisher gin Master Distiller George Burgess.
"Having owned and managed pubs and bars I knew I needed to produce a vodka that was accessible for venues to use everyday. This was what I wanted with my venues and no one was making it," says White Light Vodka Founder, Brendon Mitchell.
Thinking of starting a spirits brand? We talk to Jocelyne Simpson, co-founder of I Do My Own PR, about getting your brand in the media.
"Speaking in terms of Agave, there are a little over 140 distilleries producing 1300+ brands, with only 9 of those dedicated to single brand production, yet we clearly have not seen that many make their way here," says Alex McDowell of de Vino Mezcal.
Two guys from New Zealand who didn’t know each other until one married the others sister and then they did. A year sitting in bars and lounges discussing how they always wanted to make their own gin. This is how two brothers-in-law and a part time musician got in to a lot of debt and created a Rogue Society Gin that won gold in London & San Francisco.
Tequila Tromba is a classic story of starting a spirit brand. Nick Reid, a young lad from Melbourne, fell in love with Tequila on a trip there in 2005. Years passed and his passion grew. He recruited his school mate James Sherry, Canadian Eric Brass and by 2010 they were seriously discussing starting their own brand. So what did they need? Credibility in the form of a Mexican Master Distiller. He came in the form of Marco Cedano
Amari are bitter-sweet Italian digestifs and while they are not to everyone's liking, there are a few bar industry folks that are obsessed with these flavoursome, old-school gems. We asked Jackson Thornton, Amaro Montenegro's Australian brand ambassador some questions about his brand and the craft spirits industry in general.