Starting out as a humble little distillery in the suburb of Fyshwick, Canberra in 2017 Big River has continued to rapidly grow and boom since opening its doors to the public in 2018.
Tag: Craft Spirits
Our first-in, best-dressed seminars are always a big hit with attendees to Indie Spirits Tasting events. This year’s seminars will be hosted by Cara Devine, and will cover the hottest topics in the drinks world featuring some of the leading voices in distilling.
This year’s line-up of exhibitors is amazing! If you love vermouth, gin, rum, liqueurs, rye whiskey or Australian single malts, then this is the show for you. We have 30 exhibitors signed up with more than 100 products on offer. The line up includes local craft distillers like Goodradigbee, Tara Distillery, Archie Rose, Never Never Distilling Co, JimmyRum and more as well as importers of craft international products. Get your early bird tickets now.
Indie Spirits Tasting, proudly presented by Australian Bartender Magazine, launched in 2015, and we are thrilled that the event is coming back to Melbourne and The Craft & Co. in Collingwood on Sunday, 8th May.
It’s time to cast your vote in the Bartender Magazine Hottest 100 Aussie Spirits Countdown. Pick up to five brands from the list for you chance to win an Aussie spirits gift pack. Simple as that!
Since kicking off in 2015, the Indie Spirits Tasting has unearthed a bunch of Aussie craft spirits. Some of them have gone from little brand to taking a big chunk or their chosen market. One of these success stories is Four Pillars Gin.
One of the original brands to sign up to the Indie Spirits Tasting events was Applewood Distillery, which started in a little winery in the small town of Gumeracha in South Australia. A mission to swallow waste and push native ingredients has created a booming spirits business that’s all about ethics.
Over the last five years, the Indie Spirits Tasting has unearthed a bunch of little Australian brands that are grinding away, trying to stake their claim in the competitive Australian drinks market. Our first craft distillery profile for 2020 is Karu Distillery from the foot of the Blue Mountains in NSW
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.
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.
” 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