Indie Spirits Tasting Brisbane is back for its second year and will will feature over 30 exhibitors showcasing more than 120 craft spirits, with master distillers on hand to chat, live tunes, free bars snacks and seminars going deep into the world of indie spirits.
You can also score a bargain with exhibitors offering bottle sales from their tables. It’s not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
In the past three years, the Indie Spirits Tasting has grown from a small Sydney event featuring about 50 brands to a roadshow around the country that showcases a vast array of craft spirits brands.
The event is now supported by over 60 leading craft spirits suppliers nationwide with over 150 local and international brands and growing.
If you like supporting small brands and uncovering little known gems then the Indie Spirits Tasting is tailor-made for you.
Craft Spirits – the local boom
The Australian craft distilling industry is booming right now and a selection of the best local distilleries are coming to town to showcase their wares.
You’ll be able to taste great stuff from brands like Mt Uncle Distillery from North Queensland.
They produce a full back bar of spirits from gin to whiskey and even an award-winning SexyCat Marshmallow Liqueur. Australia’s very own vermouth, Maidenii, from Victoria will lead the charge with bringing back old world spirits with this collaboration between a local bartender and a French winemaker. Applewood Distillery, a tiny little operation from the Adelaide Hills will be offering samples of their gin and an aperitif called Okar.
One of their neighbours in SA, the Adelaide Hills Distillery, another boutique operation, will be showcasing The Italian Bitter Orange Aperitif, The Gunnery Spiced Rum and 78˚ Gin.
Melbourne Moonshine and Young Henry’s from Newtown in Sydney will also have their own brand of moonshines on show, giving punters a chance to sample this hot spirit category which was little-known in Australia just a few years ago.
And if it’s gin that you’re after, there are small distilleries popping up nationwide, catering to every gin palate – from bold juniper-led gins, to a whole host featuring native botanicals.
Brisbane’s very own Humpybong Distillery will be on hand to showcase their Humpybong gin. They will join other Aussie craft brands including Four Pillars Gin, Prohibition Liquor Co Gin, Ironbark Distillery’s Dry Wattle Seed Gin & Dry Gin, Dasher + Fisher Gins from Tasmania, Brookie’s Gin from Byron Bay, Melbourne Gin Company & Rogue Society Gin, to name a few.
And while Aussie spirits are booming, the Indie Spirits Tasting also caters for boutique brands from around the world with every spirit category covered – you can sample rums from Venezuela, Peruvian piscos, a fig liqueur, amaro, tequilas, mezcals, American Whiskeys and more.
The Indie Spirits Tasting offering is capped off with a series of educational seminars covering some of the hottest bar and spirit trends in the country right now. Experts will join event founder and Publisher of Australian Bartender magazine, David Spanton, for six short and sharp sessions in the front bar. Seminars include:
- Forget the stock market, invest in whisky
- Are you ready to Rumbo?
- The great gin explosion
- Indigenous ingredients, Australian flavour
- Why tequila’s new found popularity could be the very thing that kills it
- The great daiquiri debate
Seating is limited; first-in, best dressed.