Brisbane we have a treat for you! – Join Stuart Gregor of a Four Pillars Gin, for a masterclass on the craft of distilling Gin and the very fine art of cocktail making.
After you arrive at the fabulous South Brisbane Work-Shop space, we’ll get you in the mood with a Four Pillars Gin and Fever-Tree Tonic to start. Then, while you sip, Stu will give a little bit of a history on gin and distilling, and the current flourishing of the Australian craft spirit industry.
Moving on to a tasting of all three Four Pillars gins (Rare Dry, Barrel Aged, Navy Strength), Stu will take you through how they’re made including the botanicals involved, the distillation process, how they barrel-age using a solera system, and what exactly makes it “Navy Strength”.
Finally, we’ll have a quick chat about cocktails, why gin is the spirit of choice for all the best bartenders, and how to make the Four Pillars favourite, a Negroni. And of course you’ll get to sample one of these perfect cocktails before heading on to whatever the rest of your Wednesday night holds.
ABOUT STUART GREGOR
Stuart Gregor is one of three founders of Four Pillars Distillery and, along with Cameron Mackenzie and Matt Jones, he launched their first gin in 2013. Stu is a veteran of 20 years in the drinks industry, and is President of the Australian Distillers Association.
Four Pillars is a small Australian distillery based in the Yarra Valley, producing in batches of just 460 bottles. Our ambition is to make the best craft spirits in the country, using a copper pot and column still commissioned exclusively by CARL in Germany. We want to elevate the craft of distilling and celebrate the craft of cocktail making.
Our first release was a Rare Dry Gin in late 2013, which has since been awarded medals in two prestigious international spirits competitions. In 2014 Four Pillars launched a Barrel Aged and Navy Strength Gin to similar acclaim.
Learnt a lot about the history of gin and how to make some great gin related cocktails. Stewart the facilitator and co-owner of Four Pillars was absolutely brilliant and made the evening.
We learnt about the aromatics put into gin and some of the distilling process. The gin we tasted was divine - this class was more about drinking gin than learning about how it was made :-) Very fun night.
A very entertaining night. Highly recommend this class to anyone who loves Gin.