All posts tagged: gin

Meet the Maker of the Gin Revival

Pinkster Gin is leading the way in a raspberry revolution of the resurgence of Gin. Stephen Marsh, founder and creator of Pinkster Gin, will be touring Australia and New Zealand this October and hosting a stall at Junipalooza, Melbourne’s sell-out gin festival. When Stephen realized he could no longer drink beer or wine due to dietary reasons, he started experimenting at home in Cambridge, England, flavouring gin to accompany food. After years of working his way through an entire fruit bowl, Stephen founded Pinkster – a maceration of fresh raspberries distilled in small batches by hand, blended with juniper gin. Only Stephen and his wife know the secret botanical recipe, which is not written down anywhere and they will not fly together. Based in the U.K., Pinkster was a first of its kind, using fresh fruit to flavour the gin rather than dried fruit. In 2013 Stephen went on to step out of his comfort zone of Chartered Accountant by day, to start-up the Pinkster business. Stephen used crowdfunding to kick-start the business and surpassed …

Juniperlooza returns to Melbourne

After the success of last year’s all gin festival, Juniperlooza will be returning to Federation Wharf for another fun-filled gin weekend. Sip on gin from the very best independent Australian and international gin producers while enjoying delicious food, entertainment and music by the river.  There’ll be a total of twenty-four local and international producers  showcasing their gin, so you’ll never go dry. For the extra  gin obsessed you’ll want to make sure you  secure a spot in the intimate Talk + Taste sessions. Finally leave the cash at home, as this year’s festival will have it’s own currency and you can pre-book and includes a discount when purchased with an entry ticket.  Read our review of last year’s Juniperlooza here.  When: 19 Nov – 20 Nov Where: Federation Wharf Visit the website here. 

Four Pillars Gin

Take a ride on the Gin Bus

If you’re a lover of Gin like us here at We Know Melbourne, you’ll want to sign yourself up for the Gin Queen on Tour 2016. With all Victorian gin distilleries based out of the city, the Gin Queen is making it easy to avoid the “Who’s driving” conversation when your friends suggest a day out to visit said distilleries. Since launching The Gin Queen in 2013, Caroline Childerley has actively promoted Australian gins through her tastings and masterclasses, she says; “I’m so proud of our hardworking Australian distillers and am constantly telling people to get out and see the distilleries first hand, but it isn’t always that easy as not all of them are accessible via public transport, so I decided to launch Gin Queen on Tour!” As part of the Gin Queen experience, you’ll be whisked away on  a private bus to one of Victoria’s leading distilleries where you’ll get to meet the distiller have a G&T, learn about their fantastic gin(s), and enjoy a light lunch before the gin bus departs back to the …

Sippin’ on Gin and Juice – Four Pillars

As a Melbournite you’ll often find yourself in the situation of hosting interstate friends or family and, as you live here, and don’t see this fantastic city through outsiders eyes, putting pressure on yourself, wondering what you could possibly do to keep them entertained.  Problem solved. Just under an hour outside of Melbourne, in the Yarra Valley township of Healesville, you can spend a delicious afternoon (and a small fortune on gin goodness) at Four Pillars Gin Distillery. Not necessarily new to the Yarra Valley scene, Four Pillars popularity has been on the up and up thanks to Melbourne’s love of boutique gin, fun little events like Juniperlooza 2015, Negroni Week and World Gin Day which have helped move gin drinking from its former hipster, bohemian scene to a more of a mainstream appreciation.  The team here live, breathe and love everything about gin. It’s really hard not to get caught up in their excitement and subsequently purchase everything put in front of you. On arrival we 100% recommend paying $10 to enjoy a tasting …

Juniperlooza: all of the gin

On the banks of the Yarra, sun shining in one of those ‘once a month’ beautiful Melbourne days, Pilgrim and Riverland Bars hosted a fun, laid-back festival affair – entirely dedicated to gin. I love gin, but I’m not what you would call a connoisseur – that’s what I really loved about Juniperlooza – you didn’t need to be going in, but, by the end of your experience you came out a little more cultured on the topic. Split across the two areas were 14 drink stands manned by local bars like the iconic Gin Palace, plus international, local and interstate gin distilleries – each with their own signature cocktail on offer, or, for those who wanted to keep it simple – the classic gin and tonic. The accessibility of chief distillers was a real highlight, listening as they proudly discussed their botanicals (one particular gin, from the West Winds Gin company – infused one of their navy-themed gins with Murray sea salt, one sip instantly made me crave seafood), the history of the term …