Home' Bars and Clubs : BAC JulyAugust 2015 Contents BEER FOR THE PEOPLE
Beer lovers are in for a treat this year, with many of Australia’s finest brewers
exhibiting their wares. Western Australia’s award-winning Feral Brewing will
be pouring their exceptional Hop Hog IPA, which regularly tops the charts as
Australia’s favourite craft beer; the Australian Beer Co.’s charming caravan
will be on site offering the full range of Yenda beers; while Asahi’s Cricketers
Arms craft beer selection is sure to bowl over a few punters as the Ashes
gets into full swing.
Among the other brewers and beers exhibiting are: Beaumonde Boutique
Beer; Hawthorn Brewing; Edge Brewing Projects; Kaiju Beer; Kronenbourg;
Cavalier Brewery; Young Henrys; Good Brew Co; and Temple Brewing.
If you’ve ever considered joining the ranks of Australia’s craft brewing
industry by opening your own brewery, there will be a free seminar offering
advice from brewers who have been there and done it already. Or, if
you’re new to beer, a special session on how to taste beer will provide the
International Guest Speakers
Charlotte Voisey, the award-winning company mixologist with William Grant USA, is flying in from the US to present.
Voisey, who has consulted on many of the world’s most prestigious bars and appears regularly on American TV,
will present two talks on the main stage, demonstrating some of the drinks currently trending in the US. Her talk on
Clarified Cocktails will be of particular interest to the trade.
Joining her from the States will be Naren Young, the former Sydney-sider who has carved out a reputation as one of
America’s foremost bartenders and drinks consultants. Naren will present seminars on both Aperitifs and Secrets of the
World’s Best Bars.
There will be some great talent from closer to home also presenting this year. Educator extraordinaire Jason Crawley
will again grace the main stage, there will be a plethora of Australian craft distillers conducting tutored tastings, and the
launch of St Agnes 20YO and 40YO will be celebrated with a brandy and chocolate pairing session, hosted by Richard
Monkey Shoulder will
be pouring cocktails from
the World’s Smallest Bar
(self-contained and fully-
functioning!). It’s a fun,
interactive experience, and
rumours have it that visitors
to the bar exit through
Jimmy McKeown (Whipper
Snapper), and Brian
Hollingworth (Black Gate)
will conduct tutored tastings
as part of the Best of Aussie
Craft Spirits sessions across
the two days, while Peter
Bignell (Belgrove Distillery)
will give a number of
at the event, showing
how to char the barrels in
preparation for the ageing of
HOP ON THE CIDER BUS
The Somersby Cider bus will be pulling into Top Shelf again
soon, but this year, with the weather in mind, it’ll be parking up
inside the Royal Exhibition Building.
Purchased from the RAAF in 2012, the 1960 Bedford
SB3 bus has had a total refit and is now a fully-operational
bar complete with draught system, fridges, cool room and
generator – and it's totally roadworthy.
Cider lovers will find plenty more options to quench their
thirst at Top Shelf, with the likes of The Apple Thief, Frank’s
Cider, Batlow, Spanish Cider, Flying Brick Cider and Custard &
Co. all coming along.
Whisky Lovers Unite
If you’re a whisky lover, you’ll find some extra special treats at this year’s Top
Shelf, whether Scotch, Irish whiskey, bourbon or good old moonshine is your
tipple of choice.
Laphroaig will be celebrating its 200th anniversary in style, sampling the
15YO created for the bicentennial celebrations, pouring cocktails and offering
visitors the chance to win a whisky cabinet worth $10,000.
Over the two days off the show, Laphroaig will build a large white wall
from 1,000 stones to resemble the iconic white walls of the distillery in Islay,
Scotland. They’ll also be giving away 1,000 anniversary whisky marmalades in
Irish whiskey Tullamore D.E .W. will be highlighting beer and whiskey
pairings with tasting paddles as part of their Dew and Brew promotion.
They’ll also be running a competition on their stand, involving a very special
Tasmanian whisky Sullivan’s Cove will be sampling its Double Cask (a
delicate blend of American and French oak casks), American Oak (double
gold at the San Francisco International Spirit Awards) and French Oak (voted
best single malt whisky in the world at the London Whisky Awards).
Other whiskies that will be available for sampling at Top Shelf include The
Glenrothes, Glen Grant, Nikka, Russell’s Reserve, Whistle Pig Straight Rye and
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. A number of local craft whisky producers
will also be represented including the Whipper Snapper Distillery in Perth and
the Black Gate Distillery in Mendooran.
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