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The official taste testers of Sailor Jerry’s new RTD range

It’s a spice rum blend in honour of a Hawaiian ex-Navy vet his tattoo designs that were popular with World War II soldiers and sailors.


“Australians are going to be the first to experience these RTDs, just in time for the warmer months! These maintain the same authentic Sailor Jerry spirit. The combination of our iconic bold rum with delicious cola or dry ginger flavours is one we know they are going to love.” said Global Sailor Jerry Brand Ambassador Gravy Thomas.  Crafted in the traditional Navy way by William Grant & Sons, Sailor Jerry is bold and smooth, with hints of caramel and vanilal made from Caribbean Rum with an ABV of 46%.

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Imogen Anthony shows the crowd how to do Sailor Jerry shots, the right way!

Sydney socialites payed homage to the tradition of this fine whisky and heritage of tattoos in a celebration at the basement of Ramblin Rascal Tavern despite the winter chill shards that carried themselves over into the beginning of Spring!

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All Hands Brewing House wins 2 major categories and medals at the Independent Beer Awards 2019!

In Victoria earlier this month at the culmination of the BrewCon and Trade Expo, the Indies (Independent Beer Awards) saw All Hands Brewing House take the medal home for Champion Australian Independendent Brewery in the major ‘Brewpub’ category and NSW State Champion title!  They also won a further 7 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for their 6 brews in the two day competition gaining favor with judges over the hundreds of beers entered across a range of styles!

The Boiler Room Dinner was an opportunity to celebrate the super duo and men of the hour – Head Brewer, Sam Clayman (who has a PhD in biology and Diploma in Brewing Science) and Assistant Brewer, Tim Radjenovic.  

A sensory experience in pairing food with their brew:

The sensory extension to the signature brews and whiskies is executed in a way that challenges the diner.   Venue Manager, Craig Morgan described the collaboration in menu design and  rationale behind the pairings with Executive Chef, Michael Acevedo.  “Both of us decided duck would work really well with with the IPA which cuts through the greasiness, Chef came up with the braised pork rib, which is describe on the menu with pineapple and we’ve put it into the braise.   The pear tart and combination of blue cheese whether you like it or don’t like it – it confuses the palette”

Handing over the reigns to Benriach Distillery, hosts for the evening, the food, wine and beer pairing are a new concept for All Hands as it’s always been about the beer.    It was a great opportunity for the lads to let their hair down and bask in the glory of their wins.  An event like this opens the discovery of their Darling Harbour brew to new audiences in a destination dining hotspot for locals and visitors. 

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How the Veniceans celebrated 100 years of Aperol

Aperol celebrates its 100th Birthday in Venice, bringing guests from around the world together to toast to the iconic orange aperitif

Going back to the birthplace where the iconic bittersweet orange aperitif originated, the centenary of one of the world’s most distinguished brands was felt throughout the entire city of  Padova and Venice.

Reflecting on the brand’s rich history since 1919 and turning towards the future, Aperol shared the milestone with guests who flocked in from all parts of the globe using the universal languages of art, music and Aperol Spritz.

This signature cocktail single-handedly leads the global Spritz category, earning Aperol its rightful place in the International Bartender Association’s list (IBA), as the key defining ingredient of the Spritz Veneziano.
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Smoke: “Raising the bar”

Embracing the winter sun’s rays after work, hitting that outdoor lounge oasis with illustrious views of the harbour and a rustic interior for luxury share plates with attendants doting over your every need.   It’s the sophisticated treehouse that defined Barangaroo when it first opened and redefined our elite expectations of drinking and dining in the city.

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4 cocktails to try on World Gin Day

Chief mixologist and founder of Gin Lane & Spritz Bar, Grant Collins will be flooding Kensington Street with a day full of celebrations to mark World Gin Day.   From 12pm-5pm sip your Saturday away with the special Happy Hour gin cocktails at Sydney’s home of gin cocktails, Gin Lane.  Then, as the sun sets, make your way to Spritz Bar to enjoy
5-7pm Happy Hour featuring creations showcasing unique and authentic Victorian gins from Patient Wolf Gin Co., Hemp Gin, Lyre’s and Four Pillars.  Prior to Spritz’ Happy Hour, the venue will let drinkers get up close and personal with a “Meet the Makers” gin tasting session from 1-4pm.

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Mary’s Underground: An evolution from burgers to fine dining – Revisiting ‘The Basement’

For long time fans of Mary’s burgers in Newtown and Sydney’s CBD, the new grown up rendition of fine dining meshed with remnants of the old Basement vibes calls for a new refinement to our palettes.   Down the staircase there’s familiarity yet mystery as we place our trust in the stirling reputations of Mary’s and wondering what has become of Sydney’s oldest live music venue which was supposedly almost going to be used as commercial office space had it not been for the saving grace of Kenny Graham and Jake Smyth.

Jake’s smile and personable greeting sets the tone for this visit while Kenny oversees the backroom clam bar.  Turning over your menu, the resident live acts for the month are shown and its the feelgood sounds of The Pocket Trio that provide the mood music.   A salute to the emerging artists of yesteryear, the Mary’s Underground re-invention pays homage to that tradition as their stage continues to be a platform for local artists.

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