" It took us over a decade and two generations to simply establish our credibility and professionalism as independent distillers. With the emergence of many more craft operators the market has received a heap of attention which has brought more people away from the standard mainstream imported brands to try our products and those of our peers," says Ryan Passmore, from the Kimberley Rum Company.
"For us it's been a very organic process - having the bar in fitzroy, The Rum Diary Bar, we've always created our own house products such as ginger beer and a spiced rum. The popularity of the rum kept growing over the years, so we kept tweaking and improving it, as time went on people kept asking to buy it for home, so we increased production and started selling it to customers and then into other bars," says Hamish Goonetilleke the man behind Rum Diary Spiced Rum
"Consumers are wanting to find a unique spirit or drink now, they want to be taken on a journey from the initial brewing stage to the final stage of having the beverage in their hand, and that’s something we strive to achieve." Codie Palmer from Illegal Tender Rum Co talks about the rise of craft spirits in Australia.
Master Alchemist and Ironbark Distillery Director is Reg Papps who opened the distillery with his wife Greta just three years ago. Their vision is to produce high-end spirits with a distinctly Australian twist. Reg honed his craft over a career spanning 26 years in industrial distillation, but when he was made redundant from Shell, he took the opportunity to transfer the skills learned to a much smaller scale and Ironbark Distillery was born.
What would a tasting be without a bit of education thrown in? The Indie Spirits Tasting Perth promises a line-up of talks about the hottest topics in the bar industry. Everything from tips on investing in Whisky on the stock market to the lowdown on the great gin explosion, hosted by Australian Bartender magazine editor, Sam Bygrave.
"You should be able to trust that what you are being led to believe is in the bottle is in the bottle, whether it be vodka, gin or whisky. And I felt that the customer deserved a truly crafted spirit." This is what inspired Desiree Whitaker to start Cardrona Distillery.
"It took three years to research and cut through the red tape. We did hundreds of small test distillations before deciding on the final recipe." Here's how Four Pillars Gin got started.
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