Ex­ud­ing WA spirit

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - with Ary­lene West­lake-Jen­nings

WITH nu­mer­ous awards and plenty of ado­ra­tion from the drink­ing pub­lic be­tween them, WA’s bou­tique dis­tillers are at the fore­front of Aus­tralia’s spir­its in­dus­try.

Any­one who’s not been hid­ing in their cave would have wit­nessed the mas­sive growth spurt in the lo­cal in­dus­try, with a bevy of WA beau­ties lin­ing the shelves at ev­ery cock­tail joint worth its weight in liquor.

The West Winds Gin, Hip­pocam­pus Metropoli­tan Dis­tillery, Whip­per Snap­per Dis­tillery and Old Young’s have come to­gether as the driv­ing force of WA Spirit Week.

“Both Jez (from West Winds) and I had been think­ing much the same idea,” Hip­pocam­pus na­tional sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager Aren Springvloed said.

“We all know and re­spect each other, and it seemed like an op­por­tune mo­ment to work to­gether to let folks in WA know there’s some great spir­its be­ing made in their own back­yard.”

The idea is sim­ple: more than 20 events will run from this Sun­day in­clud­ing tast­ing events, pair­ing din­ners, mas­ter­classes and meet-the-maker ses­sions.

“We are all re­ally ex­cited about the launch event at Do­min­ion League as all the dis­til­leries will be at­tend­ing and show­cas­ing their prod­ucts,” Whip­per Snap­per Dis­tillery brand and mar­ket­ing guru Onkie Cheng said.

For more, visit www.face­book.com/waspir­itweek.

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