explore Drinks Master Classes – Monday 16 November
Visitors will be able to connect and engage with industry leaders in the fields of whisky, rum, beer, cider and cocktails and will be given the opportunity to learn more about the category.
Master classes are free with show registration. Please note that master class seats are limited and we operate on the rule of first-come, first-served. Click here to register for show entry.
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Chris Wheeler – National Sales Manager, HIP Media & explore Drinks
Although being a fan and greatly practiced within the drinks industry his whole legal life, after a brief year trip around the globe Chris settled in Sydney and entered the Australian drinks scene in 2011, managing a well-established CBD venue in Sydney…Read more.
12:30 – 1:15 PM | Expert Discussion: Mainstream Beer for a Craft World?
Can the multi-national corporations make craft beer? Or is the tag reserved for small, bespoke producers with a local focus and a limited volume? Opinions brew as three beer experts battle it out and discuss what really constitutes craft beer and where the future of mainstream lies.
Danielle Allen grew up and met fellow Two Bird, brewer Jayne Lewis, in Perth over 10 years ago, but it took a two week tour of the West Coast of the US in 2010 for them to realise how much they had in common. Their shared love of some of the finer delights in life saw them visit breweries, wineries and dine at world renowned restaurants. During the trip, the West Australians hatched the idea to start their own brewing company…Read more.
Ian Kingham – Director, Institute of Beer
Ian is a Director with the Institute of Beer – a business which focuses on all things beer; education, passion and experience and operates as a consultant to a multitude of industries in Australia and overseas.In previous roles, Ian has been the Category Lead for Beer and Cider at Woolworths, as well as having held the lofty title as Australia’s largest beer buyer in both retail and hotels…Read more.
Neal Cameron – Head Brewer, Beer Writer & Educator, Industry Consultant, Australian Brewery
Neal started his brewing career setting up William Bull Brewery for de Bortoli Wines. He then moved to Sydney to set up the Australian Brewery, out at Rouse Hill, busying himself winning multiple trophies and gold medals in the first year. He is also a passionate beer writer, and beer judge, working at many renowned competitions.
Mark Toomey – Brewery Director, Tooheys
Mark Toomey is the Brewery Director at Tooheys. Today the Tooheys brewery is the largest brewery within the Lion Group. The brewery is a large and complex brewery managing 7 different yeast strains, 8 different malts and wheat as well as 13 different hop varieties. Read more.
1:45 – 2:30 PM | The Taste-Off: Champagne & Sparkling Wine
Awaken a better understanding between Champagne and Sparkling for yourself, your trade or your venue. In this session presenters taste-off — setting Australia’s best Sparkling against some of France’s best, as experts from both regions weigh in on how to taste and what to look for in quality Champagne and Sparkling Wine.
Ed Carr, House of Arras master winemaker, is Australia’s most awarded sparkling winemaker. He has long held the belief that Tasmania can, and should, produce exceptional sparkling wines equal to the world’s best. Over the past 20 years Ed Carr has amassed more than 100 trophies in Australian wine shows including 21 consecutive “Best Sparkling White Wine of Show” trophies at capital city wine shows…Read more.
Ken Gargett – Technical Editor, explore Drinks Champagne & Sparkling
Ken Gargett is a former lawyer, winner of the Vin de Champagne award (which he credits as being “a long time ago”) and freelance wine writer. Ken is also a regular wine contributor to drinks bulletin.
3:15 – 4:00 PM | Regionality in Whiskey: What Does it Mean and What are Consumers Looking For?
Uncovering the public’s take on the world of whisky (with and without the e). Experts on whiskies from around the world compare both the historic and in-market differences between global production regions, as well as information on how to taste and judge whiskies across a number of regions including Scotland, Ireland, Canada, America, Japan, and Australia.
Pat McEwan – Brand Manager, Jack Daniel’s Family of Brands
Having moved to Ireland at the age of 20 with aspirations of pursuing a professional golfing career, It was in there that Patrick “accidentally” fell in love with the liquor industry some 16 years ago. Read more.
Chris Middleton’s background has primarily been in whisky, as Director of the Whisky Academy – working as an industry consultant to the global spirits companies.He was a founder and board member of the New World Whisky Distillery, as well as previously Global Brand Director Jack Daniel’s in the US. He has also done extensive work in the rum industry; from distillery mergers and acquisition, start-ups, to creating the world’s largest rum bar…Read more.
Laura Hay – Whisky Specialist, William Grant & Sons
I have worked in the whisky industry for 13 years. Starting out in 2002 as a tour guide at The Glenlivet distillery. My family home was the old custom & Excise officers house, which was 4 doors along from the distillery. I was 20 and just out of college and had to find a job. As soon as I started working at the distillery I fell in love with everything about it. The history, the production and of course the wonderful flavours of all the different expressions….Read more.
Matt Barnett – Brand Ambassador, Beam Suntory
Matt Barnett launched his career in the liquor industry at the tender age of 18 in the beautiful-bohemian Byron Bay of northern NSW.He soon relocated to the epicurean-Melbourne, to pursue the vibrant lifestyle and booming bar and restaurant scene that the city was becoming globally renowned for. He honed his skills in the craft of the cocktail at several leading cocktail bars around the city and managed the highly awarded Botanical Hotel bar in South Yarra…Read more.
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Kate Moran – Jameson Brand Ambassador, Pernod Ricard
Kate has been a Jameson & Irish Whiskey brand ambassador in two countries – France and Australia – spreading the admirable work of Irish whiskies from the Midleton Distillery, County Cork. Kate has an avid interest in learning everything from the production and art of making whiskey, to its role in the innovative Australian cocktail scene.
4:15 – 5:00 PM | How To Handle the Heats: Success in the New World of Bartending Competitions : Brand Ambassador Panel
An expert panel of Australia’s top bartenders is out to answer all the tough questions on bartending competitions. In this session you’ll tap into the ultimate talent to share ideas and…
- Uncover inside trips and top tricks from some of the industry’s leading brand ambassadors and seasoned competition circuit veterans.
- Learn how to prepare, how to carry yourself, and how to choose the right competition for your skill set
- Discover how to best position yourself for a win, and what it means to succeed in a top competition from past champions
- Gather insight on how to drive your career in bartending before and beyond competitions
Hayley Morison – National Brand Activation Manager, Beam Suntory
Beam Suntory National Brand Activation Manager, Hayley Morison is at the forefront of some of Australia’s most respected bartending competitions for education and developing skills. Once also a bartender herself and someone who has competed in competitions, Hayley is able to share her personal experiences and offer her tips for entering.
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Mikey Enright – Owner, The Barber Shop
Originally from the UK Mike Enright or sometimes known as Mikey has over twenty five years experience in the hospitality industry. Mikey started his career in traditional ale and managing pubs in England. He was later trained in London as a Cocktail Bartender and moved to Sydney, Australia in 1999…Read more.
Ollie Stuart began bartending over 15 years ago in Sydney, prior to the cocktail culture boom. He has been one of the key industry players in the current cocktail phenomenon embraced by Australians over recent years. He has graced the premium end of the market with his style and creativity in such bars as Est & Hemmesphere. In 2003 he moved to London to expand his knowledge and perfect the art of bartending. The world famed bartender Dick Bradsell took him on, alongside Tony Conigliaro…Read more.
Ben Davidson is one of Australia’s most accomplished and well known bartenders – a multi-award winning, former Cocktail World Cup Champion (2004) and Australian Bartender of the Year (2005). With nearly 20 years experience behind the bar he is one of the most knowledgeable spirits professionals & culinary cocktail craftsman…Read more.
Gee David – National Training Manager, South Trade International
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More master class speakers to come! Watch this space.