Thanks to a boom in the local distilling industry, Australian spirits are set to make a big showing at Indie Tasting Brisbane, a showcase of independent and artisan spirits.
Over 25 exhibitors, stocking 100-plus boutique international brands and artisan spirits from Australian distilleries, are expected to show their wares at Indie Tasting Brisbane, which comes to Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall on Sunday 29 May with free seminars and master distillers on hand.
Home-grown Aussie spirits are expected to be the stars of the show. You’ll be able to taste offerings from brands like Applewood Distillery, a tiny operation from the Adelaide Hills that produces a gin and an aperitif called Okar. One of their boutique neighbours, the Adelaide Hills Distillery, will also be at the event to release The Italian Bitter Orange Aperitif, The Gunnery Spiced Rum and 78˚ Gin to the Brisbane market for the first time.
The Beenleigh Distillery, an artisan rum producer based just out of Brisbane, will be there along with the folks from Husk Distillers, who are located an hour south of Brisbane. They’ll have their Husk Rum and Ink Gin available for tasting.
Coming all the way from Perth, the folks from the Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery will be showcasing their Hippocampus range of spirits including a vodka, a gin and a raspberry gin.
From Melbourne, bartender-turned-distiller-and-distributor Fred Siggins will be showcasing his Melbourne Moonshine, Pure Scot and Pisco People brands.
From the Sydney suburb of Newtown, the boys from Young Henry’s — who have made their name with their beer brewing skills — will be offering up samples of their Nightsweat Moonshine and Young Henry’s Noble Cut Gin.
Other boutique Australian brands on show will include Four Pillars Gin, 666 Pure Tasmanian Vodka, Vantage Australian Spirit, The West Winds Gin, Cargo Cult Rum, Mr Black Slow Drip Coffee Liqueur and Whipper Snapper Distillery.
On the international front, brands in every spirit category will be represented, with a number of them making their debut in the Brisbane market. It’s safe to say these aren’t your run-of-the-mill bottleshop offerings — relatively obscure gin brands like Gin Mare, Whitley Neill Gin, Ransom Distillery Dry Gin, Elephant Gin and Ferdinand’s will be there, as will interesting whiskies from Bastille Handcrafted French Whisky, Whistlepig Rye and Bib & Tucker Bourbon.
Mezcals, a favourite with bartenders, will have a big presence at the event, with the likes of Del Maguey, Mezcal Gin and Extinto Mezcal. Rums from all over the world, such as Diplomatico, La Mauny, Rum Santa Teresa and Plantation Rum, will also be available for sampling.
If you’re looking for something to mix your cocktail with, you’ll find Villa Massa Limoncello, Mancino Vermouth, and mixers from Fever Tree and Capi, as well as Pimento Ginger Beer.
There’ll also be live music, and the Mermaid Bar will be open for drinks.
Open to both consumers and traders, Indie Tasting Brisbane promises to be a day filled with good times, and, uh, good spirits.
“This showcase helps give small brands more visibility in today’s competitive market,” says Indie Tasting founder David Spanton.
“And Brisbane is the perfect city to host such an event with its booming small bar scene and passionate bartending professionals and consumers.”
The inaugural Brisbane Indie Tasting event will be held at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall (15 Caxton St, Brisbane) on Sunday 29 May. Tickets are available now for $20 at eventbrite.com.
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