Multi-million-dollar alcohol auction announced for Fernbrew

March 28, 2019
By Alana House

More than $4million worth of former D’Aquino Brothers alcohol will go under the hammer next week following Fernbrew Pty Ltd being place in administration.

The wholesale alcohol auction will hosted by Pickles, which promises the stock “will be sold for a fraction of retail price”.

The haul includes a large quantity and variety of craft beer, spirits, pre-mixed beverages, mixers, champagne, and more. 

Some of the items formerly owned by Fernbrew.

Going under the hammer will be stock from top alcohol brands including: 

  • Pallets of quality whisky and champagne including brands such as Ballantine’s, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon
  • Cartons of top-shelf ports (Penfold’s Grandfather and Great Grandfather)
  • Bundles and pallets of popular pre-mixed drinks such as Canadian Club and mixers – Red Bull
  • 23,520 bottles of Jacobs Creek Chardonnay and 2496 bottles of Yellow Brut Cuvee

Pickles executive manager Stewart Dodwell told Central Western Daily once all offers were reviewed the firm would contact the successful applicants.

“Based on past experience, there are significant savings that can be leveraged from both a wholesale and individual perspective,” he said. 

Pickles is seeking expression of interest from Monday, April 1 to Friday, 12 April. Click here for more information on how to register.

The majority of stock is physically located in Orange, NSW and can be inspected by appointment.

Pickles also has a large range of trucks, forklifts, pallet racking, and general plant available for purchase via an online auction starting Thursday, March 28 and finishing Wednesday, April 3.

The remaining equipment, located in Orange, is available at auction.

Rocky 12 months for D’Aquino Bros

A reported $87 million tax debt led Rex D’Aquino to place his company Fernbrew under administration earlier this year. 

It’s been a rocky 12 months for D’Aquino. Another of his companies, D’Aquino Bros Pty Ltd — based at the same address as Fernbrew — is also fighting a lawsuit brought by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

The SWA took legal action against D’Aquino Brothers in July last year, following allegations it is selling fake Scotch.

The liquor in question was being served as ‘house spirits’ in bars and pubs, and sold in independent liquor stores in cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The SWA sued the company “for infringement of our trademark ‘Scotch whisky’”.

Mexico’s tequila regulator, Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT), also said two of D’Aquino’s brands of tequila were are “not linked” to the industry: Blue Cactus Tequila (D’Aquino Bros) and Reeba Reeba (Fernbrew).

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