Support sought for Spencer-Carr children's fundraiser
By James Atkinson
The hotel industry has bonded together to raise funds for the family of respected hotel broker Adam Spencer-Carr, who passed away suddenly earlier this year.?
Some of Spencer-Carr's closest associates have organised a fundraising dinner at Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on March 20. They supplied the following announcement to readers of TheShout:
"Adam Spencer-Carr was a respected hotel broker and champion of the hospitality industry, and he would have been known to many of you. His sudden and tragic death on Australia Day has meant that this is an incredibly difficult time for Adam?s family, and particularly his four children. Three of his children are very young at just 2, 7 and 11 years of age. Ultimately this is all for them, with funds directed into a trust fund for the children?s education and future.?
The hotel industry has bonded together to support this cause, and the response to the fundraiser invitation (pictured below) has been amazing.?
What: Adam Spencer-Carr Children's Fundraising Dinner?
Where: Ivy Ballroom?
When : 20 March 2014, 6.30pm until late?
For those interested in attending space is getting limited, so please see the above invitation for RSVP details.
For those of you unable to attend, please consider a gift to the Children?s trust fund. Any amount, large or small into the below trust account:?
Name: The Adam Spencer-Carr Children's Trust?
Account Number: 1531 4383?
Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia" ?
By Amy Looker, editor National Liquor News
Wild Turkey is giving consumers the chance to win the ultimate bourbon experience in a promotion that aims to lure value or mainstream bourbon drinkers to trial the brand.
Running until March 31, four Wild Turkey consumers aged 21 and over will be given the chance to win a trip to Kentucky where they will be immersed in all things bourbon, including the opportunity to bottle their own exclusive single bottle batch of Wild Turkey with the help of master distiller, Eddie Russell (pictured below).
The winners and their guests will also take in a behind the scenes tour of the Wild Turkey distillery, a day as a VIP at the world-famous Kentucky Derby, a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum and a tour of the Kentucky Cooperage to see how Wild Turkey?s signature barrels are made.
Wild Turkey?s marketing director, Nicole Stanners, said the prize offered a once in a lifetime experience for Australian bourbon drinkers.?
?Wild Turkey Bourbon is one of the leading premium bourbons in Australia. Its heritage, quality and authentic credentials are unquestionable and this campaign, and the amazing prize will further cement its premium position in the minds of the trade and consumers alike,? Stanners said.?
?The promotion is an integrated campaign including YouTube pre-rolls and Facebook. For our customers, it provides exciting in-store theatre and the opportunity to trade up consumers from value or mainstream bourbon brands to the premium Wild Turkey bourbon.?
To enter, consumers need to spend $20 or more in one transaction on any Wild Turkey or American Honey product and submit their details via a dedicated SMS number or complete the entry form on the Wild Turkey Australian website.?
Supported in-store by A3 posters, fridge decals, bombursts, wobblers and necktags, the prize is open to one winner and a guest from NSW/ACT, QLD, VIC/TAS, and WA/SA/NT, and includes return flights to Kentucky, twin share accommodation, transfers and $1000 spending money.
Prize winners must be available to travel from 30 April to 8 May 2014 inclusive. Further details available here.
By Clyde Mooney ? editor Australian Hotelier
The Old Fitzroy in Woolloomooloo has come up for sale with the owner operator having responded to renewed investor confidence in the inner Sydney market. ?
The hotel is located in one of the country?s most densely populated areas and boasts bricks made by early settlers.?
It is home to Australia?s only live pub theatre and was the 2012 winner of Time Out magazine?s ?Pub of the Year?.?
Managing the expressions of interest campaign, CBRE?s Daniel Dragicevich told TheShout the historic venue should attract a variety of interested parties.?
?We see it appealing to a wide range of purchasers ? owner/operators, small groups or even commercial developers.?
The Old Fitzroy
With parts of the four levels virtually unused and graced with harbour views, Dragicevich says there is ?definite potential for adding value and profitability through a renovation?.?
?The area has undergone rapid gentrification, creating significant potential in and around the site,? said Dragicevich.?
The hotel was originally named the Fitzroy Hotel before a stint as The Revolving Battery during the 1980s.?
Another change of ownership saw it return to its first moniker, but loyal locals affectionately referred to it as ?the old Fitzroy? ? prompting an official name change to what it is today.?
By James Atkinson
Police believe that $700,000 worth of liquor stolen from a western Sydney distribution centre may have been transported to businesses in nearby Lurnea.
Between July and December 2013, large volumes of alcohol were stolen from a product distribution centre in Eastern Creek.
TheShout understands the distribution centre concerned was the Coles facility at 10 Roberts Road, however a Coles spokeswoman said it was a ?police matter? and as such she was unable to comment.
Detectives believe the thefts were carried out on 13 separate dates between July and December, with the thieves transporting the stolen liquor from the distribution centre in a large truck.
Champagne, vodka, scotch, rum, wine and RTDs were taken and detectives estimate the combined cost of the liquor stolen over the five-month period to be approximately $700,000.
Police from the State Crime Command?s Property Crime Squad formed Strike Force Glenlee to investigate the thefts and are now directing their attention toward the businesses that may have received the stolen liquor.
Investigators believe the stolen alcohol may have been transported to businesses in or around the Lurnea area.
Detectives appealed for anyone with information that may assist the investigation to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.
Fred Siggins, from The Black Pearl in Melbourne, has been named Australia?s first ever Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition?winner.
Siggins will be Australia?s inaugural representative, competing at the international final in Moscow during May. The winner of that competition will be nurtured and championed by Bacardi to develop as a bar professional and spread their drink across the top cocktail lists around the world.
Siggins presented The Empire of Dreams, his Bacardi Legacy drink, together with an original Bacardi Daiquiri to a panel of three judges on the night to claim his place in the international final and was scored on his technical ability, his drink?s taste and aroma balance and the inspiration behind it. He was also judged on the success of his marketing campaign for the drink, which has included media relations, innovative social media work and strong support from both the Australian and international bartending community.
Aside from the drink?s huge appeal, it also had to satisfy judges that it could become a true Bacardi Legacy cocktail along with classics such as The Original Mojito, Original Daiquiri and Original Cuba Libre.?
His award-winning drink, The Empire of Dreams, was inspired by the art of storytelling and is a refreshing blend of fresh ingredients and Bacardi Rum, shaken over fair trade coffee beans. Throughout the competition, The Empire of Dreams has been lauded for its creativity, originality and potential to emulate Bacardi?s legacy of great drinks.?
Simon Difford, who flew in from the UK to judge on the night, said of the winning cocktail: ?A true Legacy cocktail is one that tastes great and is easily replicated by both bartenders and consumers around the world. It must be simple but great. That?s what it takes to be a future classic and a true Legacy cocktail. We felt that The Empire of Dreams had the right mixture of balance, great flavours and originality to earn a place amongst the greats.?
An overwhelmed Siggins said: ?I?m so proud of The Empire of Dreams and the epic efforts made by the other competitors. This has been a whirlwind adventure of new and great experiences. I want to thank Bacardi for this fantastic opportunity and I hope to do Melbourne and Australia proud by winning the global finals in Moscow.?
Since July 2013, Australia?s Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition has been one of the industry?s most hotly contested and talked about cocktail competitions. The competition has attracted over 130 of Australia?s finest bartenders, all vying for their cocktail creation to be heir to Bacardi?s legacy of original cocktails.?
The Empire of Dreams?(pictured) recipe:
50ml BACARDÍ Superior rum
30ml Fresh pineapple juice
10ml Apricot Brandy (Joseph Catron used)
10ml Fresh lime juice
5ml Orgeat Syrup (Crawley's used)
15 Espresso beans
?"A light tropical style drink shaken with fresh espresso beans for depth and earthiness. Well balanced with a frothy finish, strained and garnished with a rustic lime twist."
By James Atkinson
IconPark, the new crowdfunding platform that enables budding hospitality operators to trial their drinking and dining concepts, has announced the six finalists for its first 12-week season.
The public now has until 9pm AEDT on Monday March 24 to show their support for the concept they like the most by pre-purchasing experiences and rewards from their favoured operator on IconPark.com.
After two weeks the two least supported concepts cease to participate in the process. At the end of the 21-day campaign the concept that receives the greatest level of support from the crowd wins the right to a customisable, fully fitted, ready to trade IconPark location in East Sydney, with no capital required.
The top six teams are as follows:
Stanley St Merchants
Locally foraged. Internationally recognised
"A team drafted from across the Land. Award winning, innovative WA chef Matt Stone?s menu champions foraged & sustainable local produce. Artisanal spirit & wine makers married with celebrated Melbourne coffee barons, St Ali, complete the picture of this polished, Australian heritage story."
Sizzling steak. Stiff gin & cool jazz
"One part exceptional, prime cut Wagyu steakhouse, one part devilishly alluring New Orleans jazz joint & all parts 19th century gin palace. Modern mixology techniques and old world culture, served up with vintage pinup girl hospitality. Step back into a simpler time when things were more sophisticated."
NYC hip hop, food, booze & joe
"This crew makes art... be it street, coffee, beats, booze or on a plate. Think B.I.G sandwiches, Katz?s deli NYC style. Award winning Aussie baristas, a visual street art orgy endorsed by Mr Brainwash and a menu that has all the cool of the never sleeping Apple town."
Bring?n The South Downunder
"American BBQ with a capital A... for Authentic. A Tarantino script read with moonbeam, Magic Far Away Tree visuals. Smoldering hickory brisket, pitchers of soused iced tea, honky tonk tunes and good ol? southern hospitality. The chef?s arm is inked with a ?beef cuts chart?. Passion in spades!"
Min Joo Social
Fine Korean K?Pop BBQ
"The lights & sounds from the city of Seoul. Fine beef by chef David Wright and hibachi grills speak of serious quality to be had in a playful setting. A bold beverage story colorfully draws on canned drink curiosities from Asia that just may fuel your K?pop karaoke courage."?
Empire Grandeur & Regal Raja
"Inspired by this Michelin trained chef?s journeys on the sub continent, an offering of British and Indian sharing plates await. In this rich expatriate tapestry, set to the vibrance of India, Perfumes of aromatic spices envelop, imbibing tonics and intoxicating tea libations whisk you to peacock strewn lawns."
For more information visit IconPark.com.
By James Atkinson
After almost five years in Sydney?s Erskineville community, Hive Bar has unveiled an expansive new drinks offer with an increased focus on craft beer that will see the venue host its first tap takeover this week.
The Hive Bar now offers more than 100 different spirits, an ever-growing assortment of Australian-made products and an extensive craft beer selection.?
New operations manager and beer aficionado Adam Parker is one of the driving forces behind the initiatives and has organised the upcoming Riverside Brewing Company tap takeover, to be held Thursday March 6.
"People are looking for more quality over quantity these days. With that in mind, and with the Hive Bar's 'locally grown' philosophy, we have the perfect setting for great craft beer," Parker said.?
"The guys at Riverside have offered a fantastic selection of beer, which we are proud to showcase."?
The tap takeover will include Riverside's 77 IPA, 69 Summer Ale, 55 Pale Ale, 33 Golden Ale and limited release 777 double IPA.?
The kitchen will have dishes available to match the varying beer styles and local DJs will be playing vinyl all night.?
"We anticipate the night will be a destination for craft beer lovers of Sydney and the inner west, and a taste of things to come for us here at The Hive Bar," Parker said.
By Clyde Mooney ? editor Australian Hotelier
Sydney?s entertainment precincts experienced a quieter than usual Mardi Gras weekend as police dropped a security blanket over the city.?
In what was the first weekend of the O?Farrell Government?s new lockout regulations, scores of venues through Sydney?s CBD and Kings Cross turned away disgruntled patrons from 1:30am. ?
A total of 1000 police officers were deployed across the city to enforce the new rules and monitor street activity, with some operators expressing concern over the level of police presence inside venues.?
?[Police] were in venues, looking all over for compliance issues ? even in Le Pub, which closes at 12:00,? Gallagher Hotels' Patrick Gallagher told TheShout. ?
?Staff were on edge as soon as they walked in, with compliance officers appearing to say ?What can I find to give you a fine for, and risk losing your job?.
?That?s what they call compliance.??
AHA NSW?director of policing John Green remarked that the inaugural weekend and high police activity were not a realistic platform for measurement of the licensing initiatives.?
?The true test of the impact of the new measures will only be seen in the coming weeks when police numbers return to their normal levels,? said Green.
Although the weekend may largely be considered trouble-free in terms of alcohol-related violence, reports abound that queues were down due to the rain and revellers were rushing to reach bottle-shops before 10pm and heading home.?
Gallagher?s Pitt St venue The Criterion traditionally services late-night trade including shift workers and gamers until 6am when the trains re-start.?
Gallagher said the pub normally has a reliable amount of foot traffic, with patrons often finishing work elsewhere and coming in for a wind-down drink.?
?There is normally people coming and going all night, but on Saturday it was empty by 2am.?
?Stupidly, the rules now benefit entertainment venues, where revellers rush to get along early and stay.
?[They] are a blanket over the venues servicing late-night regular trade that aren?t contributing to the problem.?
By Amy Looker, editor National Liquor News
The Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) has named a US-based digital media expert as the next presenter for its Annual Lecture Series.
Co-founder and chief strategy officer of VinTank, Paul Mabray, will hit Australian shores in late March to host the 2014 WCA lecture series in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, focusing on digital intelligence and how social media can drive wine business growth.
Mabray, who is based in California, is one of the world's foremost digital media experts and has revolutionised the way the wine, food, and restaurant industries communicate with its customers.
His company, VinTank, has more than 4000 wine brands using its social media monitoring platform and reporting system, tracking more than one million online wine conversations per day.
WCA chair, Angie Bradbury, said that Mabray brings vital knowledge of both the global wine industry and digital expertise to this year?s lecture series.?
"Mabray is a leading entrepreneur and visionary in using digital technology to drive business growth," Bradbury said.
"There's no denying the way we communicate and market to our customers continues to evolve, fast ? and for the wine industry to adapt, it needs to understand and better utilise the new technology."
Webinar registrations closing
Today is also the last day to register for tomorrow?s WCA webinar, ?For Content?s Sake: How to make it and mean it?.
The webinar kicks off at 1pm (EST) on Tuesday afternoon, with Bradbury, Mabray and WCA Digital Communicator of the Year, Jane Thomson, sharing their on the current digital landscape, tips for creating content, and information on measurement and analytic tools.
For more information on the 2014 WCA Annual Lecture Series and tomorrow?s webinar, click here.?
By Sacha Delfosse ? editor bars&clubs
Sydney bartender, Mike Tomasic, has taken out the Global Angostura Cocktail Challenge, held in Trinidad on Sunday March 2.
Tomasic beat ten other bartenders from across the globe to take home the first prize, which includes US$10,000 and the chance to be the global brand ambassador for Angostura for the next two years. [continues below]
Tomasic (top and centre) with his co-competitors
Although contestants had seven minutes to make two signature cocktails, Tomasic finished his presentation with plenty of time to spare. His first cocktail was called the Big Bird and contained Angostura rum, Fernet Branca, citrus, pineapple juice, Crawley?s spiced honey apple syrup and Angostura Bitters.?
?[Big Bird] was a more modern twist on a contemporary classic created in Malaysia, called the Jungle Bird,? said Tomasic.
His second cocktail was called the Olympia, in reference to the use of figs as laurels in the ancient Olympics. Apart from fig jam, the drink also contained Hine Cigar reserve cognac, Pedro Ximenez, lemon juice, egg white and Angostura Bitters, and it was served with cigars for the judges to roll in their hands and breathe in as a palate opener.
?[Olympia] was based on a hundred year old recipe from one of the first cocktail books ever created, a twist on a St Charles Punch,? said Tomasic.
Second place went to Nazar Makarov from Russia, and third place went to Mate Csaltlos from the UK.