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Thursday, July 21 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Uniquely Australian

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Discover what makes Australian spirits so unique, everything from production methods to the native ingredients used, the sustainable practices and the charming characters behind the brands. Kathleen Davies the owner of Nip of Courage who represents only Australian made and owned brands from artisan distilleries all over Australia with the help of her Aussie distiller mates will take you on a journey through some of Australia’s rarest small batch spirit releases. Taste an exclusive spirit flight of twenty products that includes a world first release of a 100% Rye Whisky that has been peated in the world’s greenest distillery, a delicious unreleased Single Malt Whisky project release, a native Australian black spiced Rum, beautiful rare aged Rums, a swag of small batch Australian inspired Gins with native botanicals and a cheeky Vodka inspired by Australian humor. You will be captivated by the unique flavors and amazing stories behind these products. These guys are traveling a long way to share this wonderful experience with you, seats are limited and so is this fantastic booze line up so don’t miss out!

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Kathleen Davies

Founder, Nip of Courage, Australia
Nip of Courage Founder - Kathleen is an experienced sales and marketing professional with over 20 years front line experience in the liquor industry in Australia and abroad. | | After completing university and working six years in the hospitality industry she later gained commercial experience in the field of export, national sales and marketing roles within blue chip companies such as Bulmers, Carlton & United Breweries, Fosters... Read More →

Speakers
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Peter Bignell

Owner Distiller, Belgrove Distillery
Peter is often described as a renaissance man – farmer, sculptor, engineer, coppersmith, environmentalist and bio-fuel chemist, and now the distiller of Australia’s first 100% Rye whisky, and the world’s first peated 100% Rye whisky. | Those who know of Peter's exploits at Belgrove Distillery will be aware that he has taken the path less travelled; opting to steer away from many the commercial constraints faced with conventional... Read More →
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Genise Hollingworth

Partner, Distiller & Licensee, Black Gate Distillery
I am a mother of 3 girls, I live in a small rural town with a population of 400 people in Central West NSW Australia. In 2009 my husband Brian and I decided to make a big change and build a distillery. While still working full time, we had the shed built and then proceeded to do all the internal fit out ourselves. I went from being an administrator in a school to learning how to install a mezzanine floor, tech screw, install insulation and... Read More →
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Cameron MacKenzie

Founder/Distiller, Four Pillars Distillery
Before throwing my lot into the production of craft spirits, I was a fifteen year veteran of the wine trade having made, sold, marketed and judged some really wonderful wines. | Australia has some rare and unique botanicals and I am fascinated in how well they work in craft gin production.
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Samuel Ng

Global Brand Ambassador, Four Pillars Gin
Sam loves talking gin! Especially the Australian stuff! Proud ambassador for Four Pillars Gin, based out of the famous wine region in the Yarra valley, in Victoria, Australia. | | Sam has his background in cocktail bartending, most notably at the Black Pearl in Fitzroy, where he was part of the team that was nominated for and won Best international high volume cocktail bar at the Spirited awards 2015 and Drinks International Top50 Best... Read More →
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David Vitale

Founder, New World Whisky Distillery
I'm the founder of Australia's best single malt whisky - STARWARD. Our distinctive whisky is matured in Australian wine barrels and Melbourne's highly variable climate matures our whisky much faster than in traditional countries without compromising the quality of the whisky. | | I'd love to talk to spirits entrepreneurs about their journey and anyone else interested in learning about the Australian whisky scene.

Sponsors
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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology make us the chosen supplier to all types of foodservice businesses including independent restaurants, national chains, health care, hospitality, country clubs... Read More →
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Nip of Courage

Nip of Courage is a leading Australian Distributor & Exporter of Australian Craft Spirits. Based in Sydney Nip of Courage operates with an emphasis on providing customers in Australia and beyond with high quality boutique craft spirits sourced from authentic Australian Artisan Distilleries. | | Nip of Courage is the first distributor ever to represent 100% Australian made and Australian owned craft spirits. | | Their mission is to bring to... Read More →




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