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Talking booze and bartending with Chris Hysted-Adams of Black Pearl Bar

Posted by Glennise Pinili on Feb 28, 2018 8:44:00 AM

Black Pearl Bar for many Melburnians is an institution, and it's easy to see why. The 15-year-old Fitzroy bar has collected plenty of awards including: International Cocktail Bar (2017 Spirited Awards), Best Bar in Australia (2017 World’s 50 Best Bars Awards), and Best Cocktail List award (2016 at Australian Liquor Industry Awards), to name a few. 

However despite the accolades, the bar remains a cool, modest and casual place for locals to kick back and have a few drinks, which General Manager, Chris Hysted-Adams believes is what makes Black Pearl Bar a successful one. 

Former Bartender of the Year (2009; Bartender Magazine Australian Awards), Chris Hysted-Adams ventured from the corporate world to bartender life and hasn't looked back since. 

We chatted to him about the importance of your team, bartending tips and how to stay relevant as a hospitality business. Here's his story. 

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Categories: Hospitality interview, Tips for bartenders

Talking craft gin and cocktails with Matt Argus of Patient Wolf

Posted by Glennise Pinili on Feb 22, 2018 8:21:00 AM

The founders of Patient Wolf Gin, Matt Argus and Dave Irwin, this year celebrate two years since the launch of their successful Melbourne-brewed gin and distillery.

Recently they expanded their distribution to include premium Dan Murphy stores across Australia, and the team are working on the launch of their second gin. They have come such a long way from their early days of brewing gin on the stove top!

Co-founder of Patient Wolf Gin, Matt Argus, chatted to us about how it all started, the industry people who backed them, and how consumers are becoming more curious about the craft behind the product. Here's his story. 

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Categories: Hospitality interview, Hospitality inspiration, Tips for bartenders

An introduction to German beers

Posted by Ivana Rnjak on Feb 12, 2018 9:15:24 AM

While much has changed throughout humanity’s long history, one thing has remained the same for millennia: our love of beer. Humans have been brewing beer longer than we’ve been baking bread!

Beer is thought to have originated in Ancient Sumer and most likely reached Europe sometime late in the Bronze Age, with brewing beginning in Germany. It’s no surprise that Germans were probably the first to brew in Europe, given the prominence of beer in German culture.

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Categories: Tips for front of house, Tips for bartenders

Gin 101 – The basics

Posted by Ivana Rnjak on Nov 29, 2017 12:17:00 PM

Gin is a widely popular spirit known for its distinct flavor, which it derives from juniper berries. With a long and fascinating history, gin is so much more than just ‘flavored vodka.’

Gin is England’s national drink and Winston Churchill once famously said, “The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.”

While gin has been a crowd favorite since the 17th Century, it experienced a surge in popularity as the base spirit in many of the classic Prohibition-era cocktails. Today it is enjoying the limelight once more as craft distillers experiment with new botanical combinations and give this timeless drink a breath of new life!

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Categories: Tips for front of house, Tips for bartenders

The best places in the world for beer tourism

Posted by Chloe Papas on Nov 23, 2017 8:25:00 AM

It doesn't matter where you are in the world – it's never too hard to buy a pint. But some countries and cities trump others when it comes to beer production, quality and diversity.

For craft beer aficionados, not just any pint will do – travelers are looking for something new, surprising, or just really damn good. So whether you're a brewer, work in production, serve pints on the weekends, or own your own brewpub, this is the list for you. 

We’ve done our research and found the six best spots in the world to get tasting and settle in for a pint or three. 

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Categories: Hospitality inspiration, Tips for bartenders

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