Beer, Wine and Spirit Producers Commit to Reducing Harmful Drinking Globally

The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD) has released its two-year report of ‘Beer, Wine and Spirits Producers’ Commitments’ to Reduce Harmful Drinking. Signed back in October 2012, the commitments were agreed upon by CEOs of leading global producers of beer, wine and spirits to improve harmful drinking worldwide. The report released this week now … Continued

September 17, 2015

Bacardi Legacy Finalist Named Australia’s Best Bartender

This week, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) handed out the 2015 National Awards for Excellence to members of the hospitality and accommodation industry. Atop a glow of highlights was the induction of New South Wales hotel industry stalwart, Bevan Douglas, into the Johnnie Walker Hall of Fame. The induction recognised Mr. Douglas and his family’s … Continued

September 16, 2015

Shane O’Hart, Campari Australia Former Managing Director Sadly Passes Away

Campari Australia has sadly informed trade that former Managing Director, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, Mr. Shane O’Hart passed away on Monday night. Mr. O’Hart unfortunately lost his battle with a long-term illness. Campari’s Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Franco Peroni said: “Shane has had a long and very successful career in the liquor industry and … Continued

September 15, 2015

Teeling Whiskey Company Begins Exports from Dublin

Teeling Whiskey Company has begun exporting Irish single malt whiskey from its new Dublin distillery; the newest distillery to be built in the capital of Ireland in 125 years. The new distillery was opened to meet growing demand as the category faces revival for the first time since the declines of the late 19th century. … Continued

September 14, 2015

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake – Short Course Now Available

Following the launch of the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake in Australia last month, Sydney Wine Academy has introduced a three-day short course, hoping to extend the reach to those who are unable to commit to the usual period of 8 weeks. The new course will begin on October 19, running until October 21 … Continued

September 11, 2015

Think Spirits to Continue Distributing Matusalem Rum

Following the announcement on Wednesday that the JCI/Proximo portfolio will transition to island2island Beverage Company (i2i), Think Spirits founder and Managing Director Patrick Borg made comment, speaking of the news as well as the work his team has done in getting the brands, in particular Kraken Rum, to the position they are in today. “We have been … Continued

September 10, 2015

Jose Cuervo Leaves Think Spirits for island2island

Proximo Spirits/Jose Cuervo International brands (JCI) has ended its partnership with Think Spirits in Australia. The split will see major brands including Jose Cuervo, 1800 Tequila, Gran Centenario Tequila, Agavero Liqueur and The Kracken Black Spiced Rum leave Think Spirits’ portfolio. Proximo/JCI and Think Spirits partnered back in 2011 and secured the rights to the Jose … Continued

September 9, 2015

Congratulations BACARDÍ Legacy Finalists

This year’s BACARDÍ Legacy Global Cocktail Competition is now well underway and the top three Australian bartenders making their way through to the finals have been chosen. Selected from 15 other competitors in the semi-finals, Andrew Bennett from The Classroom, WA; Peter Hollands from Gresham Bar, QLD; and Igor Pachi from Assembly Bar in NSW … Continued

September 8, 2015