A Coffee Lover’s Guide to Melbourne

Many would argue that Australia is now the hotbed for quality coffee, globally. We clearly love our coffee, and, for all intents and purposes, it seems like Melbournians are actually obsessed. Just ask a local where their favourite café is, or where the tastiest Ristretto can be found, and you’ll get a myriad of options to spend the…

Bordeaux & Burgundy: The Differences That Make Them So Unique

They are the twin peaks dominating the French wine landscape, the two names synonymous with the stratospheric heights wine can reach both in the bottle and on the price tag attached to it. Burgundy and Bordeaux both have winemaking histories stretching back to Roman times and are foundation stones of any great wine cellar, but…

Ever Wanted to Learn What Happens Inside the Alcohol Trade?

  For those of you with a budding interest in what’s bubbling and brewing within the alcohol world, members of the drinks industry will be treated to all things wine, beer, spirits and cocktails at the inaugural Drinks Industry Show, which will be held at Luna Park Sydney on Monday 16 – Tuesday 17 November….

It’s Cold: Let’s Cider

When it’s cold… Mull Before striking out to start a craft brewery of her own, Jayne Lewis, like a good few other craft brewers, studied a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Oenology (Winemaking) and worked in wineries in Margaret River, WA and the Napa Valley in California for three years. It was a background that…

Dream Bar: The Crunnich

Hey beautiful Scotch lovers – William Grant & Sons Releases Second Instalment in Rare Cask Reserves Collection Following the arrival of Ghosted Reserve, William Grant & Sons (WG&S) has released the second whisky in its Rare Cask Reserves Collection – the Cruinnich. The Cruinnich, alongside the other expressions in the WG&S Rare Cask Reserve Collection,…

Alcohol Myths: The Facts for When You Don’t Know What to Believe

  Does gin really make you more depressed than other types of alcohol? Can absinth make you hallucinate? Will placing a spoon in the top of a Champagne bottle stop it from going flat? And why is there a worm in tequila? One of the best things about alcohol is the stories, people and personalities…

Of World and Whiskey: A Look Into Ireland

  The 20th century brought shocking decline for the once great whiskey nation, with rock bottom being hit around 1974 when only two distilleries remained. Today, Irish whiskey is back on the rise with four distilleries in production, the famous Midelton, Bushmills, Kilbeggan and the relatively new Cooley plus four more under development. Together, these…

Quick Lists: Brewery Tours

  Thirsty yet? Maybe what you need is to get out there; smell the hops, touch the barley and taste the brews with the good people that make them. The best way to do that, assuming you’re not already best mates with the brewer, is to get on a brewery tour with someone who is.

Dulce Vida Tequila Blanco

Dulce Vida Blanco Tequila is a great choice for vodka or gin drinkers looking to dabble in a new spirit. The crisp tequila is sweeter than most while still carrying the spice our agave fascination is famous for. At 100% organic and 100% agave we also love the consistency and truth of Dulce Vida. Dulce…

Crown Royal Maple Finished Canadian Whisky

North America’s best selling whisky brand has made its way into Australia. Crown Royal Maple Flavoured Whisky is now retailing exclusively in Dan Murphy’s alongside brothers of the range currently the original Crown Royal Canadian Whisky, as well as the De Luxe, Black, Reserve and XR. Crown Royal Maple Flavoured Whisky has immediately evident sweet maple syrup, vanilla…

James Squire Limited Edition Red Handed

James Squire Brewhouses around Australia are once again pouring something a little different, with a new flavoursome take on a traditional Red Ale-style beer. Created by the talented team of brewers at the Malt Shovel Brewery in Camperdown, James Squire Red Handed Red Ale is a hearty seasonal brew, ideal for the cooler months of the…