Craft spirits are on the rise, but to really get a taste for the independent makers distilling rums, vodkas, gins, whiskies, ryes and liqueurs you need to head to the Indie Tasting, a showcase event at Hubert
This is your chance to get along to a tasting event that is open to the public and get a very swift education in small batch, independent spirits and the dedicated souls who make them.
There will be 150 spirits available for tasting on the day, including a focus this year on Italian products. Silvio Carta is bringing three gins, a vermouth and a liqueur to the tasting; there's a launch of Italian digestif Amarcardo, made with wild Etna artichokes; and Amaro Montenegro, Luigi Francoli Grappa and Villa Massa Limoncello are all on offer.
You can try Poltergeist Gin from the Shene Distillery, Hellfire Bluff potato vodka and Dasher + Fisher gins, all from Tassie. The Manly Distilling Company will have a stall, as will Young Henrys and Poor Tom's and Sydney’s Demoiselle Distillery who specialise in absinthe.
If you really want to dive down into the nitty gritty of spirit tasting and production there will also be three panel discussions on the day.
This will be a very good day to line your stomach – you don't want to peak too soon.