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A Magic Combination


Hemp Gin is a small batch ‘Australian Dry Gin’. Infused with Hemp seeds, it is the first to market. The magic combination of hemp takes gin to the next level.
What began as a university assignment, a passion for high quality gin and one man’s passion to push the boundaries, soon became an obsession to develop a truly unique and premium gin that would satisfy the needs of an ever growing “Gin Savvy” Australia.

A Magic Combination2019-04-11T13:56:37+10:00

Post Palooza Season One


Sydney Gin Palooza Season Two is now being planned to be held in the Paddington Town Hall in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. More than a dozen distilleries plus several food stands and Schibello Coffee have requested stands . The Palooza dates are 22, 23, 24 and 25 November with the 25th being dedicated to trade only. Stand applications will open in April.

Post Palooza Season One2019-04-02T17:40:30+11:00

Cocktail Cup Winner


Giacomo Franceschi of Merivale Charlie Parker’s won the Cocktail Cup with his outstanding recipe named Deep Sea.

60mL Manly Spirit Gin. 20mL single Vineyard Thomas Hunter Valley Semillon infused with
sea asparagus; 6 dashes of homemade lemon tincture; 3 dashes homemade sea celery cordial;
Moss infused with vodka then distilled and sprayed around the cocktail glass. Garnished with
one almond dropped into the cocktail.

The judges handpicked by Chairman Mikey Enright were Jason Crawley, Andy Penny and
Harriet Leigh. Enright commented: “What a great line up of judges, many
years of experience and it was a really tough call for them. The cocktails have
been next level. Congratulations to all involved”.


Cocktail Cup Winner2018-12-07T10:20:45+11:00

The Cocktail Cup Finalists Are:


Simon Laturiuw Low & Loftys using Brookies Dry gin and Brookies Slow. Matty Opai Icebergs Dining Room & Bar using Four Pillars – Maker Session Gin. Jake Soledad Icebergs Dining Room & Bar using Four Pillars X Herno. Christian Comparone The Smoking Panda using 5Nines Distilling Wild Citrus Gin.. Giacomo Franceschi Merivale Charlie Parker’s using Manly Spirit Gin. Manly Spirit. Christopher Thomas – Trolley’d – using Hemp Gin.

The Cocktail Cup Finalists Are:2019-04-25T10:50:51+10:00

Masterclass Time


Archie Rose Distillery Co and Giniversity owned by the Margaret River Distilling Co are both presenting cocktail blending classes at the Sydney Gin Palooza. Wonderful concepts for novices or gin tragics alike.  SOLD OUT


Masterclass Time2018-12-13T16:22:28+11:00

Australian Gin Cocktail Cup


the Australian Gin Awards is growing not just in numbers of entries but in associated events.  Mikey Enright will Chair the exciting Cocktail Cup entries open 8 October and close 5 November. Facebook will give all the details.

Australian Gin Cocktail Cup2018-09-28T09:37:21+10:00

It’s Cocktail Time!


The Association has now developed an exciting adjunct to the Australian Gin Awards. Mikey Enright owner of the Barbershop (Sydney’s premier gin bar) will Chair the AUSTRALIAN GIN COCKTAIL CUP. Bartenders will enter by invitation and the grand prize is being sponsored by FEVER TREE. More on this later.

It’s Cocktail Time!2018-09-28T09:39:38+10:00

GIN Awards Update


All 36 stands for the Sydney Gin Palooza have been taken up. Distillers from all states and the ACT are participating with Victoria the strongest group. Entries are still open. So enter your gin and the Design Awards up until the end of October. Trophies and certificates will be awarded by Bill Lark and his team of nine judges. Dinner tickets also still available.

GIN Awards Update2018-09-08T14:19:19+10:00

SAVERGLASS adds to the Sponsorship Bounty


A $5000 SAVERGLASS surprise gift will be presented to a lucky winner at the Awards Presentation Dinner being held on Thursday 7 March 2019. If you are a Distiller present at the dinner your name can be drawn out of a hat for this amazing luxury, high-end glass prize.

SAVERGLASS adds to the Sponsorship Bounty2018-08-14T17:25:42+10:00

FREE Transport setting a Precedent


The inaugural Gin Awards is bringing in some exciting changes to the distillers awards scene. Mainfreight has set up drop-off depots in Hobart; Adelaide; Melbourne; Margaret River and Perth for the entries in those areas. At no cost to the distillers, their entries will arrive into Sydney safely and in time for the judging. Thanks Mainfreight nice one!

FREE Transport setting a Precedent2018-07-30T20:13:27+10:00