This is True Aussie Spirit: 100+ Distilleries Join Forces for Bushfire Relief
Australia’s craft spirits community is raising their glasses while raising funds for their neighbours across the country who have been plagued by bushfires and drought.
The online auction has gotten off to a roaring start. Nearly 500 bids have been made. The most in demand item – a passionfruit gin liqueur by Brogan’s Way – has a whopping 38 bids alone. Though the large majority of bidding is expected to happen on the final day (Feb 28), over 35% of the goal has been reached in just one week.
Over 100 distilleries have donated 200+ bottles of whisky, gin, rum, moonshine, vodka, liqueurs, experiences and more. Many items are unique, limited-edition, rare or even unobtainable. Big names like Four Pillars, Starward, Archie Rose, Young Henry’s, Iniquity (Tin Shed Distilling Company), Brookie’s Gin (Cape Byron Distillery), Manly Spirits Co. and Never Never Distilling Co. are on board. The auction is currently happening online with the top 12 items being auctioned off at a special event in Sydney.
100% of funds raised from both the auction and from event ticket sales will go to Rural Aid.
The real-life portion of the Auction will be held at huge gala dinner. Tickets are fantastic value and include a three-course dinner, beverages including craft spirits, beer and wine, the chance to meet the makers behind your favourite labels, a boozy photography and barrel exhibition and – mostly importantly – the opportunity to bid on the Auction’s very best items. Pre-bidding on the top 12 items is open now. There will also be a pop-up bar dedicated to showcasing premium tastings from fire-affected distilleries.
Live Auction Gala Event
Friday, 28th February, 7–11pm
Dockside, 2 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour, Sydney
TICKETS ON SALE NOW: From just $100+bf. More info & bookings can be found here.
Online Charity Auction
Bidding is open now: https://app.galabid.com/aussiespirit/items
The best way to stay up-to-date with developments is by following the Auction’s Facebook page.
Organisers are even creating an entirely new whisky for the cause: called ‘The Aussie Spirit’ whisky. Distilleries have generously offered new make spirit for this whisky and casks have been donated by Round Oak Barrels. The “godfather of Australian whisky”, Bill Lark, will oversee blending and maturation of this very special spirit at the highly respected Old Kempton Distillery (just announced). The five unique cask expressions for this whisky have been unveiled here. This is sure to be in high demand among serious whisky enthusiasts as a chance to own a piece of history.