Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - BY DAN STOCK Ju­niper­looza 2016, Novem­ber 19-20, Fed­er­a­tion Wharf, early bird tick­ets $25 un­til Oc­to­ber 31, pil­grim­­niper­looza/

Have a gin fling at Ju­niper­looza.

GONE are the days of it be­ing mother’s ruin – gin is shak­ing up the best bars around town. It even has its own fes­ti­val – Ju­niper­looza.

Billed as Aus­tralia’s first event ded­i­cated to ju­niper juice, the two-day cel­e­bra­tion of gin in all its guises re­turns to Fed­er­a­tion Wharf next month af­ter last year’s in­au­gu­ral fest was such a spir­ited suc­cess.

It is gin’s di­ver­sity that makes it such a ver­sa­tile drink for all tastes, ac­cord­ing to Tr­ish Brew of Gin Palace. She will be kick­ing off the fes­ti­val with a mas­ter­class cov­er­ing the his­tory of gin, ar­ti­san styles of to­day, the cat­e­gories of dif­fer­ent drops and how to choose the best gin for your tastes.

“Gin has to be ju­niper-led, of course, but it has lots of dif­fer­ent flavour pro­files, lots of dif­fer­ent herbs, roots, peels and botan­i­cals that can be used,” she says. “Whether you like savoury gins, flo­ral gins, cit­rusy gins, dry gins, I think there’s a gin out there for ev­ery­body. With so many flavour pro­files, it’s all about find­ing the right one for you.”

Some of the 24 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ar­ti­san gin mak­ers who’ll be show­cas­ing their wares in­clude Melbourne Gin Com­pany, Pro­hi­bi­tion Liquor Co, Rogue So­ci­ety, West Winds Gin and Four Pil­lars from the Yarra Val­ley.

“Four Pil­lars is such a fierce and fab­u­lous gin. It’s one that’s got a lot of non-gin drinkers into try­ing it,” Brew says. “It’s one of the trail­blaz­ers.”

The Four Pil­lars team will be serv­ing their Who Shot Tom Collins cock­tail cre­ation over the two days, with lemon myr­tle and cas­sia bark syrup mixed with their Bloody Shi­raz gin – made from steep­ing Yarra Val­ley shi­raz grapes in rare dry gin for eight weeks. And the cock­tail Brew makes to con­vert any nay-say­ers into new-gin slay­ers? “I re­ally like to make a South­side. It’s like a gin mo­jito. Lots of gin, fresh mint, fresh lime, hint of sugar, shaken un­til nice and cold. It’s a drink to drink when you’re not sure what you want to drink!”

Gin Palace’s Tr­ish Brew will be giv­ing a mas­ter­class at gin fes­ti­val Ju­niper­looza.

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