Crafty Spirits

Whether it be whisky from Queensland, sloe gin from Tasmania or rum from WA, more and more people are discovering the new and interesting artisan liquors made here in Aus.

Boutique, hand-crafted local spirits are definitely worth your time and effort to seek out. The craftsmanship is second to none, and some of the gentle tweaks of technique used to introduce a modern Australian twist to small-batch spirit production are making waves both here and overseas.

At Forester’s Hall, we love supporting our local producers and we especially love drinking their delicious product. So, without saying too much, we’ll be hosting our first craft spirit event later in January. It will feature some particularly amazing Victorian and inter-state distilleries plus all sorts of other fun.

Here’s a taste of what’s to expect…

Four Pillars Gin

Produced in the Yarra Valley in very limited batches, this gin captures the flavours of both Asia and the Mediterranean with a mix of local and exotic.

Starward Whisky

Victorian barley is sourced to begin the bespoke process which ends up being aged Australian Apera casks. All of which help create a Whisky of smoothness, sweetness and unparalleled complexity.

666 Vodka

crafted in Tasmania from local Barley and Cape Grim water, believe us when we say there is no purer Vodka on the market. 

The Best Beers in the World

We know not everyone will agree with this list but we’re going to use it anyway! 

So here they are, based on hundreds of beer-fanatic’s reviews on Rate Beer... The 5 best beers in the world. 

5. Toppling Goliath - Mornin’ Delight 

Basically pancakes and stout all rolled into one. Hailing from USA, this is a strong, Russian Imperial Stout made with maple syrup . 

4. Russian River - Pliny the Younger 

Pliny the Younger is a hop explosion. hopped three times more than their standard IPA, and dry hopped four different times, this is a hop-head’s dream. 

3. Cigar City - Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout 

Stout aged on Peruvian cacao nibs, ancho and pasilla chiles, cinnamon and Madagascar vanilla beans aged in apple brandy and rum barrels before being blended together. 

2. Toppling Goliath - Kentucky Brunch

Another one from Toppling Goliath and another very strong imperial stout for the list. Aged with whisky barrels and a heap of coffee 

1. Westvleteren - 12 (XII) 

Not only is this widely renowned for being the best beer in the world, its also very rare (and expensive) Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries. If you can get your hands on one of these, snap it up and bring it in to share with us!