From the Barrel – Christmas news 2017

By December 14, 2017News
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Welcome to our Christmas 2017 News from the Barrel. What a great year it has been full of exciting courses, people and distilling experiences. We look forward to meeting a new collection of friends in 2018. The best of the season to you. See the mail newsletter in full here

A few spots left for our 11th January Foundations course

One and half days looking at the aspects of distilling – including raw ingredients, brewing, distilling process, casks and bottling, & whisky business. An awesome Tasmanian distilling experience at Sullivans Cove and Nonesuch Distillery. Check it out

Foundations – 22 February 2018

Visiting the fabulous Sullivans Cove and Nonesuch Distilleries and learning a bit about brewing at Moo Brew. The course is runs over one and half days and looks at aspects of distilling. A fun Tasmanian distilling experience providing an overview of distilling. More info

IBD Distiller’s Certificate training now open

Join Australia’s distillers for the IBD General Certificate of Distilling in Tasmania 12-16 March 2018. Ideal for those already distilling. Filling up fast. See more details here

Scottish study tour? Och Aye!

The release is coming soon. Our Scottish study tour will take place 9-16 June 2018. The tour has been designed for Australian distillers and will take you behind the scenes of some of Scotland’s finest distilleries, cooperages and businesses. Hosted by our Scottish friend Alan Barclay and includes visits to 8 distilleries and special events at the JW Blue Room, St Andrews and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Only 12 spots available for this intimate tour, released soon

Yo ho ho. Happy gifting!

Its that time of year. Presents, experiences and trips to Tasmania. If you have a loved one that loves whisky then they might love a few days in Tassie learning about spirit in our Foundations course. Details here

Lovely whisky gifts for lovers

We love a good lover of whisky, or gin for that matter. So if you do want something special then let us know when you purchase, maybe get them an Academy whisky flask and we’ll package up something lovely for them.

Get thee to one of 31 distilleries!

We’ve just updated our Tassie distillers map. We encourage people who are thinking of coming to Tasmania to take a few extra days and do more distilleries, have Tassie experiences like wilderness, mountain biking and our foodie scene. Get yourself to Tassie.

Check out our Tassie whisky itinerary ideas here


News from the barrel

7K a reality for new distillers

One of our newest distilleries in Tasmania is the 7k distillery, sitting atop a hill overlooking Brighton a mere 25 minutes from Hobart. Harry and Tyler had a bit of a plan and converted an old shipping contained into something quite fabulous. Making gin and whisky where are promising to create something quite unique in the Tasmanian distilling scene. Congrats fellas.

Visit them at

A fabulous gin thing

While we’re better known for our love of Whisky, there is no doubt that great gins are on our list. So recently we found a group of friends, asked along our friend Suzy from Spring Bay Distillery and had a tipple or two and talked about the process of gin making.  Thanks Spring Bay, Nonesuch and Southern Wild Distillery for our samples for the night.

Dasher + Fisher gin award in HK

Congratulations to George and The Southern Wild Distillery team for their recent trophy and a Gold Medal for the Best London Dry Gin at the 2017 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition. Great to see our gins also gaining recognition globally. See the distillery at

Charles Oates experience open

Tasmania’s favourite apple shed, making some of Tassie’s tastiest cider is now also making Fine Apple Brandy at the Apple Shed in Huonville. A recent addition to the offering a 1.5 hour experience with the distiller tasting both the cider that made them famous and the spirits that will continue to impress. Get yourself there while you are in Tasmania. Check it out.

Darby Norris on its way

Congrats to Jeff and the Darby Norris Distillery at Kelso, northern Tasmania. Like anyone who has started their own distillery Jeff recently received his approval and is officially on his way. His stories are a good reference for anyone else who is on the journey to build a distillery. We wish Jeff well as he starts to roll. Check out

A kissing spirit from Belgrove

Our favourite inventor Peter Bignell from Belgrove Distillery has once again proved why he is a master of spirit creativity.  His Kissing A Stranger spirit has been created from the spit waste bucket at the Rootstock Festival. He has collected and distilled it to create the new brew. See the story here

REPORT: Our September IBD week in Melbourne

Our Melbourne week in September was spent with 30 of the coolest people we know. Five days of training, covering the Institute of Brewing and Distilling’s General Certificate. Starting at Starward Distillery, it took in Craft and Co in Collingwood and visited Colonial Brewing. Hosted by Scottish whisky guru Alan Barclay with Australia’s Ian Thorn from Starward, it was a busy week of learning and provided great contacts for students. Highlights included talks from David Vitale (Starward), networking with mates, a visit from Hawkers Beer, tours of Starward and Craft and Co and our Melbourne Distillers Dinner with guest Stu Gregor from Four Pillars and the Australian Distillers Association.

Thanks to our special guests covering tax and excise (ATO), distilling safety (Worksafe) and the business of distilling (Troy from Experience Consulting) and Alan for education our noses and palates with a tipple or two. The next one is in Tasmania 12-16 March 2018.

IBD Distilling exams

Congratulations to all the distillers who recently took part in the IBD General Certificate of Distilling and Diploma exams. Pass rates for those who have been undertaking the Certificate training has been very high. The next IBD General Certificate of Distilling exams will take place in May and November 2018.

Congratulations to the Australian Distillers Association for a very successful national conference in Hobart recently. We were lucky enough to join 80 of the best at the McHenry Distillery to hear about what’s happening in Australian distilling. For more info about the ADA visit

Want to know more about IBD

Check out their website at  Training and examination details can be found under their distilling and training sections.


Big thanks for your awesomeness.

We’d like to give a big thanks to our amazing Academy partners – Sullivans Cove Distillery, Moo Brew, The Hadley’s Orient Hotel, The Institute of Brewing and Distilling, The Nant Distillery, Hobart Brewing Co, Nonesuch Distillery, Destination Cellars and all our Tassie distillers. And of course all our students who just make the week better by joining us.



11 January – Foundations of Distilling, Hobart

27 January – Ginuary Hobart –

22 February – Foundations of Distilling, Hobart

12-16 March – IBD General Certificate of Distilling event, Hobart

More Foundations courses to be released for April/May soon

9-16 June – Scottish Study Tour

Distillery tours and experiences through individual distilleries