Spirits are the latest product to catch the local craft bug. Here in Melbourne, we now have our own whisky, moonshine and gin distilleries, as well as a venue that makes everything from beer to brandy on site.
Join us for a panel discussion featuring four of Melbourne’s new generation distillers and hear the stories behind your favourite local craft spirits, the how’s and why’s of distilling, and insights into the Australian distilling industry.
There’ll be drinks on offer at the bar and free samples of these incredible and hyper-local spirits to try, plus the chance to chat with the folks building our local spirits industry.
ABOUT THE DISTILLERS
David Vitale; Founder, Starward Whisky
After a successful career in financial planning, David set out to create one of Australia’s first urban single malt distilleries. Having garnered national recognition, Starward is expanding beyond our shores and has propelled Australian whisky from cottage industry to commercial success.
Cameron MacKenzie; Founder & Distiller, Four Pillars Gin
Cam’s background in wine and marketing put him in the right place to create one of Australia’s most successful gin brands. With a beautiful distillery in Healesville creating bespoke, uniquely Australian gins, Four Pillars is another brand set to put Australian spirits on the world map.
Ben Bowles; Co-Founder, Melbourne Moonshine
Ben and his business partner Andrew have built the only commercial distillery in the world you can get to by tram. A combination of Andrew’s passion for DIY and Ben’s family recipe for Moonshine dating back to American prohibition, the two have created a spirit that’s 100% Melbourne.
Sebastian Raeburn; Distiller, Craft & Co.
Former owner and manager of legendary cocktail bar 1806, Sebastian is also one of Australia’s most knowledgeable cocktail historians. After a successful career as a brand manger for 666 Vodka and Bacardi, he is now the distiller at Collingwood’s Craft & Co, putting his spirits knowledge into practice creating tiny, one-off batches of spirits.
Fred Siggins; Bartender and spirits expert
Fred is a 20-year veteran of the hospitality industry, most recently as a senior bartender at Fitzroy’s Black Pearl. He now tells stories, drinks whisky, makes cocktails, writes articles about booze and runs his own drinks agency called Pith & Vinegar.
- Learn about the rise of Australian Craft Spirits and hear a panel discussion featuring four of Melbourne’s new generation distillers
- Hear the stories behind your favourite local craft spirits, the how’s and why’s of distilling, and insights into the Australian distilling industry
- Sample hyper-local spirits and chat with the folks building our local spirits industry
- An engaging panel discussion featuring those at the forefront of Melbourne’s craft spirits revolution.
- Melbourne Moonshine Cocktail on arrival
- Free samples of these incredible and hyper-local spirits!
- Meet and chat with the folks building our local spirits industry
- Just yourself, and an appreciation for all things craft spirits!
Vendor since 2014
Work-Shop is a creative concept that will broaden your horizons and help you unleash your inner awesome. We provide affordable short courses in life skills and alternative art. We’ve teamed up with Australia’s brightest creative minds to share their knowledge and help teach you a new skill.
From printmaking and stencil art through to music and gardening. From life skills and personal development through to blending tea and parkour, we offer a broad range of fun and creative short courses to suit our time poor lives. We will inspire you to pick up that pen, paintbrush, hammer or sewing machine and flick the switch that will kickstart a whole new way of life.
Locations: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Fremantle
Work-Shop requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. If you do miss this window, earn some extra karma points and give your ticket to one of your buddies. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email firstname.lastname@example.org to organise a refund or transfer.
We’ll do our darndest to run all scheduled classes, however, let’s face it… sometimes shit happens! Most of our classes must have a minimum of 5 participants before we can put them on. In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.
Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Work-Shop or organised by Work-Shop must agree to these terms and conditions.
1.) LIABILITY WAIVER
- Any damage, loss or theft incurred to personal property property brought into Work-Shop’s premises.
- Any physical injuries sustained as a result of participating in any class or event organised by Work-Shop.
I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Work-Shop.
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Work-Shop requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. If you miss this window, earn some extra karma points and give your ticket to one of your buddies. Email email@example.com to organise a refund.
We’ll do our darndest to run all scheduled classes. Most of our classes must have a minimum of 5 participants before we can put them on. In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.