If you like supporting small brands and uncovering little known gems then the Indie Spirits Tasting is tailor-made for you. The folks from La Cantina are showcasing their Del Professore range of vermouths and gins which are a collaboration between famous distiller Carlos Quaglia and the Jerry Thomas Project.
Chef Andy Ricker (of the USA's Pok Pok restaurants) and Long Chim's James Connolly share their tips on how to use vinegar in drinks.
"For me, starting a bourbon style distillery in Australia was always going to be a challenge but being a bourbon drinker, my passion was for the classic American style spirit. In addition, bourbon is the biggest selling spirit in Australia albeit monopolised by Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Wild Turkey. Add all this up with the industries “craft distillery” surge, the opportunities are there for us."
The Indie events have become a great platform for launching new brands into the market and we are thrilled that the team from Enoteca Sileno – who specialise in all things Italian – have chosen to launch their new range of Sardininan craft spirits at Sydney this year. The Silvio Carta range features three gins, a liqueur and a vermouth.
One of our brand new exhibitors at this event is the Demoiselle Distillery – a local absinthe specialist. We asked their Distiller, Darran Baker a few questions about opening a distillery, making absinthe and his take on the local craft spirits industry.
The Never Never Distilling Co. was formed after three friends decided to join together, pool their cash and collective experiences, and buy a still. Having spent my entire adult life working in or around bars, I wanted to create something that celebrated what bartenders like to drink.
The Cheat Sheet, a crib notes kind of guide to the stuff you should know about stuff. Here, brush up on how tequila is made.
Need a grapefruit and lavender bitters? There’s a brand with that. Or perhaps, no, you need oolong tea notes with your grapefruit bitters? There’s a bitters for that, too. Garlic Cocktail Spice? Unicorn Tears? You get the idea. So, just how many bitters do you need?
The earliest mention of porter is by political journalist and poet Nicholas Amhurst (May 22nd, 1721) describing his dining “upon beef, cabbage and porter.”
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.