Why is Irish whiskey so popular? Our blind tasting panel found 7 good reasons

There’s been resurgence in all things Irish whiskey of late, so we put together a panel to assess some of what was out there. For something a little different we conducted this tasting at the Argyle’s new dumpling bar in The Rocks, because despite the geographical distance between Asia and Ireland, we think there’s a damn fine affinity between dumplings and whiskey.

Watch 6 days of brewing take place in under 60 seconds

If you’ve ever wanted to get an idea of the brewing process at work, check out this timelapse video that Sierra Nevada produced.

It shows four open fermenters filled with wort and shows just how much action takes place when beer gets brewing.

Sebastian Reaburn takes on new role

Sebastian Reaburn, of Melbourne’s Lui Bar and formerly ambassador for 666 Pure Tasmanian Vodka, has taken on a role with Bacardi Lion.
Reaburn, who is a former Australian Bartender Bartender of the Year winner, is taking on the role of field sales manager, with a territory that covers Melbourne, Geelong, and Tasmania.

The Bondi Junction bar inspired by the golden age

Billed as a small bar and restaurant that is inspired by “the golden age of cure-all elixirs” Spring Street Social is a home for cocktails, food and live music in Bondi Junction. They’re offering a big selection of craft beer, some inventive cocktails and a cracking Aussie and Kiwi wine list.

Suntory to buy Beam for US$16 billion

The board of Japanese company Suntory has agreed to buy Beam Inc, in a deal reportedly worth some US$16 billion. Reuters is reporting that Suntory, which owns Yamazaki, Bowmore and Midori among a host of other brands, made the decision yesterday after just two months of negotiations with Beam Inc.

Sam Ross & Michael McIllroy on Attaboy & latex gloves

After 13 years in the space on Eldridge Street, Milk & Honey’s owner Sasha Petraske was looking for new digs: a bigger space for a new chapter in Milk & Honey’s life. And one that sparked a new life for the old space: life as Attaboy. We asked Ross and McIllroy how it came to be via email.

What were you inking? Nick Reed on tatts

I recently held an employment day where I conducted over 25 interviews in one sitting. Afterwards I realised that there was a unique factor that linked all but three of the candidates: the existence of very obvious tattooing or body piercings.

NYC’s Attaboy have some Instagram fun

Sam Ross and Michael McIllroy of New York City bar, Attaboy, have been getting their Instagram on over the holidays with a series of photos suggesting rules for the festive period. Check out a selection of our favourites below — though we’re not sure what to make of the kissing scene between Ross and McIllroy (we think it was consensual) — and follow them on Instagram at @attaboy134.