Home' Bars and Clubs : BAC MarchApril 2015 Contents RECOGNITION FOR MELBOURNE BLOG
DRINKS website Melbourne Cocktails has been named a finalist in the coveted US-based Saveur Blog Awards. Out of a record-breaking pool of almost
50,000 submissions, the blog was selected as one of the top six in the Best Spirits or Cocktail Coverage category -- the first Australian blog ever to do so.
The brainchild of Melbourne-based consultant and university lecturer Melissa How, Melbourne Cocktails gives the inside scoop on Melbourne's best
cocktail bars and events, plus recipes and techniques for the home bar.
"I was looking for a creative outlet that would let me practice my skills in social media, writing and photography, and found the answer in a highball. I
just love cocktails and bars, so starting a blog was a natural way to go," How said.
Since its launch in late 2014, Melbourne Cocktails has really taken off, currently boasting over 2000 followers on Instagram alone.
How's blog will now compete for both The Editor's Choice Award, which is selected by a panel of judges, and the Reader's Choice Award, which goes
to the finalist that receives the most votes. Finalists attend a multi-day celebration and awards gala in New York City in June.
Voting closes 30th April 2015. To vote, go to www.melbournecocktails.com.
THE world-renowned Lark
Distillery has taken home
the Best Australian Distiller
trophy at the inaugural
Australian Distilled Spirits
Awards (ADSA). The Royal
Agricultural Society of
Victoria (RASV) awarded
six category trophies, as
well as the overall distillery award. The RASV believe the awards give spirits producers
the opportunity to promote their spirits and liqueurs to industry and consumers, as
well as a chance to benchmark themselves against the industry as a whole and gain
feedback from industry experts. The 2015 judging panel included head judge Nick Stock,
Craig Daniels (Malt Whisky Society of Australia), Vernon Chalker (Gin Palace), and
Sebastian Reaburn (Bombay Sapphire). The Major Trophy winners: Champion Whisky
-- Limeburners Peated Single Malt Barrell M227, Great Southern Distilling Company WA;
Champion Rum -- Spike's Reserve, Hoochery Distillery WA; Champion Gin -- The West
Winds Gin The Sabre, The Tailor Made Spirits Company WA; Champion Alternative
Spirit -- Zeus Oyzo, Edgemill Group Vic; Champion Brandy -- Black Bottle XO Brandy,
Vok Beverages SA; Champion Liqueur -- Pecan & Hazelnut Liqueur, Castle Glen Australia
QLD; Best Australian Distiller -- Lark Distillery Tas.
WHISKY fans can now enjoy a dram while virtually
exploring the distilleries of Cardhu, The Singleton of
Glen Ord, Talisker and Lagavulin from the comfort of
their own home. Diageo is the first company to open its
distillery doors with Google Business View -- a free 360
degree virtual tour that allows fans to see inside the
walls of the four single malt Scotch whisky distilleries
from their digital devices. According to Diageo, the
ability to tour distilleries that sit in remote parts of
Scotland, from the coast of Kildalton to the Black Isle,
will encourage people to discover the stories behind
the brands regardless of whether they are able to travel
there in person.
UMBRELLA DEATH WARNING
THE preventable death of a young girl in Queensland must serve as a stark reminder to
venue owners that they are obligated to secure their outdoor furniture, authorities say.
The nine-year-old girl was fatally struck by an unsecured umbrella at a public pool in
2012 after it was picked up by a gust of wind. The operator of the facility was charged
with failing to comply with a duty of care under the work health and safety laws and
fined $10,000. The Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland and the Department of
Justice said the tragic incident serves as a reminder to operators to secure leisure and
hospitality businesses against wild weather.
"BUSINESS operators in the hospitality sector need to control the risks of projectiles
by removing or securing objects such as furniture, umbrellas and signage," the
authorities said. "Umbrellas should be permanently installed to ensure that they are
securely fixed to withstand the effects of wind and should be removed or closed in
extremely windy conditions or when the outdoor seating area is not in use."
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