Home' Bars and Clubs : BAC JulyAugust 2015 Contents SYDNEY GETS FIRST
AS the thirst for gin continues unabated,
Sydney has gained its third distillery, with
the launch of Poor Toms Gin in Marrickville.
The brainchild of Griffin Blumer and Jesse
Kennedy, the duo began making gin at
home a few years ago before investing all
their savings in a 200 litre German copper
still (named Jane).
“In our share house in Enmore we
started trying new German gins, like Monkey 47 and Ferdinand’s, and they blew our
minds,” says Blumer. “Jesse hated his job, I was performing Shakespeare to school kids,
and we thought, ‘why aren’t we making gin? That seems way more fulfilling’. We realised
we needed a bigger still to make something really good, so we spent all the money we
saved doing these other jobs on a still.”
Blumer and Kennedy were then joined by one of Australia’s most experienced gin
distillers, Marcel Thompson. He began his career as an assistant distiller with United
Distillers NZ in 1987, as well as playing apprentice to some of the legends of Australasian
gin making. And so Poor Toms was born. The brand is focussed on creating a gin that
is “an idiosyncratic expression of who we are and the city we live in”, trialling over 100
individual distillations in the search for the perfect Sydney Dry Gin.
“We see Sydney as a really ballsy and irreverent place, particularly the Inner West
where we live, and where we make the gin,” he says. “The city we know is unconventional
and it doesn’t taste like a conservative London dry gin.”
Made with a quality Australian wheat spirit, Poor Toms is distilled with ten botanicals,
including fresh green apple, native strawberry gum, and chamomile.
“With a small, craft operation you have the opportunity to make something unique,”
says Blumer. “Our German still has a three-plate rectification column, which allows us
to be precise and get really clear and bright flavours. So our ingredients give the gin a
fresh, floral, delicate fruit profile.”
Unlike their local distilling brethren – Archie Rose and Young Henrys – Blumer
and Kennedy are dedicated solely to distilling gin, something that Blumer says was a
conscious decision from the outset.
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BROOKLYN LAGER TO BE
BREWED IN OZ
COOPERS Brewery is set to brew and distribute one of
America’s leading craft beers, Brooklyn Lager from 1 August.
Coopers and the New York-based Brooklyn Brewery, have
reached an in principle agreement for Coopers to brew and
keg Brooklyn Lager at its Regency Park facility and distribute
the beer in keg, bottle and can formats across Australia and
Distribution would be undertaken by Coopers’ distribution
company, Premium Beverages, which would also import and
distribute other variants in the Brooklyn range as part of the
agreement. Brooklyn Brewery was established in 1988 by
former Associated Press Middle East correspondent, Steve
Hindy and banker Tom Potter. Today, the brewery is the 11th
largest craft brewery in America and exports to 29 countries
around the world.
WORLD RECORD COCKTAIL
COVERS UP HEIST
NEWS has broken that the original buyer in the
Crown Melbourne’s Guinness World Record breaking
cocktail sale was involved in an elaborate multimillion
dollar casino heist.
The cocktail, created at Club 23 by bartender Joel
Heffernan using Cognac dating back to 1858, was
sold for $12,500 but never made it to the intended
buyer. On the day, it was reported that the actual
buyer, who was seated behind ropes in a throne-
style chair, only took a couple of sips of the cocktail
before signing his bill and leaving the remainder of
the drink behind. It has now been revealed by Fairfax
Media that in fact he did not apparently pay for the
drink and indeed was never the intended recipient.
The sale was faked to cover up a $32 million scam
perpetrated by the original buyer the day before.
And who was this movie plot-worthy thief? A New
Zealand millionaire by the name of James Manning.
The night before the purchase, Manning used his
connections on the inside to go on a winning streak
that saw him blitz eight consecutive winning hands,
netting himself a rather tidy sum.
Fortunately the casino’s security are a suspicious
bunch, and they investigated his rather fortuitous
streak – according to SMH some of the bets were
very, very risky, even for a seasoned gambler. Rather
than cause a fuss, Manning and his family were
reportedly turfed out of their casino villa in the
middle of the night by security and banned from
Into the breach stepped a regular, Giang Nguyen,
a financial backer of the Geelong Football Club.
He signed for the cocktail, took a sip or two then
scooted out – and was apparently recouped the
amount in full by the casino at a later date.
As for the cocktail recipe – it featured two nips of
Cognac Croizet’s 1858 Cuvee Leonie Cognac – which
had previously sold at auction for USD$157,000 – as
well as Grand Marnier Quintessence, Chartreuse
Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolongé and a
dash of Angostura bitters.
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