NEWS: Firefli Bars, The Bar that Jack Built, Keg & Brew, Magnum Pleasure Store, No 3 Gin Fizz & more

This week’s news round-up includes FIREFLI BARS, The Bar that Jack Built, Keg & Brew, Magnum Pleasure Store, No 3 Gin Fizz, Aboutlife Spring Chicken, Laphroaig Live, the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2015 awards and more.

Firefli Bars

Sydney-based hospitality company, FIREFLI BARS has been appointed by the newly-formed Pinnacle Drinks Spirits and RTD Specialist team as Liquor Experts, Quality Assurance and Innovation. Owners of FIREFLI BARS, Sheena Cullan and Toby Hartcher have recently expanded and established a new arm of their business, the Liquor Consultancy Division in addition to their Mobile Bartending and Licensed Beverage Catering divisions.

Firefli Bars
Toby Hartcher and Sheena Cullan *

The venture will see FIREFLI BARS influence in-house liquor trends, advise on innovation tactics, assess market comparisons and host sensology sessions to maintain quality control of the Pinnacle exclusive brands.

Pinnacle Liquor Group was launched by Woolworths Ltd in 2012, the company which owns Dan Murphy’s and BWS Liquor Chains with major stakes in Southtrade International.

* Photo Credit – FIREFLI BARS used with permission.

Sydney Magnum Pleasure Store Pop-up

It’s back again. The Sydney Magnum Pleasure Store Pop-up is back at in Westfield Sydney. Running from 27 August to 19 October 2014, you can create your own Magnum ice-cream for just $8 per Magnum.

The Bar that Jack Built

September is the birthday of Jack Daniel, and since no one knows the exact date, his birthday is always celebrated for the whole of September. This year involves an ambitious project in “The Bar That Jack Built” – the world’s first crowd-sourced bar built entirely from the love of Jack Daniel’s, by his fans. The campaign is being run through social media and kicks off with a recruitment shout-out to all Jack Daniel’s Facebook friends in NSW where the bar will be installed. They are being asked to donate materials, time, expertise and ideas in reward for Jack Daniel’s product and merchandise. The more they give, the more they get with the biggest contributors getting tickets to the big birthday bash on the 27th of September.  

No 3 Gin Fizz Cocktail Competition

The No. 3 Gin Fizz Cocktail competition was held on Monday 1 September at the Rabbit Hole Bar with Igor Pachi of Assembly Bar winning the first prize with his cocktail, Dr Fizz.

Igor Pachi
Igor Pachi with his Winning Cocktail, Dr Fizz *

Five competitors from Zeta Bar, Assembly Bar and Rabbit Hole Bar created a gin fizz cocktail using No.3 London Dry Gin which is featured in our Top 10 Gin article.

No 3 Gin Fizz Cocktail Competition
L-R: Corinne Mossati, Jason Soto, Doug Laming

Judging the bartender competition were Doug Laming (Rabbit Hole Bar), Jason Soto (Assembly Bar) and Corinne Mossati (Gourmantic).

The Dr. Fizz cocktail is a combination of No 3 London Dry Gin, fresh lemon juice, yuzu shochu, home-made salted cardamon monkey pear syrup with hand-carved ice cubes with frozen raspberry. A big lemon wheel sits on top of the ice to hold back the chai whipped cream. The cocktail is garnished with a cinnamon stick used as spoon to eat cream before taking a sip.

* Photo Credit, Daniel Hutchins-Read, used with permission.

Keg & Brew

The KB Hotel in Surry Hills is set to reopen with a fresh new look this October as the Keg & Brew and will be transformed into a Southern American haven of bourbon, beer and bites with one of Sydney’s largest collections of bourbon and craft beers on tap. Food will be provided by head chef Devendra Sherchan and will include Southern Style KBFC, Bacon & Bourbon Steak and Philly Cheese Steak and Deep Fried Twinkie served with chocolate fondue and sprinkles. 26 Foveaux St, Surry Hills.

Full review HERE.

Aboutlife Spring Chicken

Head down to Aboutlife Double Bay this Saturday September 6th from 7am-4pm where Rock Chic Eggs, founded by Chris Murphy ex Manager of INXS exclusively supplies their beautiful eggs to the Aboutlife stores. Rock Chics will bring their patented Hen Penthouse to Double Bay for customers to learn about organic, free range farming and the production of the Rock Chic eggs.1 Kiaora Rd, Double Bay

Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2015 awards

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2015 awards were held on Monday 1 September with Sepia Restaurant taking out Restaurant of the Year. Other awards are listed below and you can pick up the 2015 Good Food Guide for $10 with The ​Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

Best New Restaurant – Ester
Chef of the Year – Brent Savage, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Monopole, Yellow
Regional Restaurant of the Year – Biota Dining (Bowral)
Innovation Award – Pasi Petanen, Cafe Paci
Service Excellence Award – Vicki Wild, Sepia
Sustainability Award – Fins Restaurant, Kingscliff
Legend Award – Peter Doyle
Young Chef of the Year  – Julian Cincotta

Laphroaig Live 2014

Mark your diaries. Laphroaig has announced that this year’s Laphroaig Live will be held in in Stockholm, Sweden at 8.00PM on the 24th September (4.00AM on the 25th September Sydney time). The four expressions to be tasted are Laphroaig Select, Laphroaig Cairdeas, Laphroaig 12yo Special and Laphroaig 18 Year Old. We had the pleasure of attending Laphroaig Live in 2011 and streamed it live to our readers. We hope to do the same this year so watch this space.

Recent Reviews

Gourmantic has been selected as official media partner for Omnivore World Tour SydneyThe Barber Shop celebrated its first birthday this week. Chivas Regal whisky has announced a new blend, Chivas Regal Extra. We reviewed a cool new bar, The Bearded Tit in Redfern and Fashion High Tea at Sheraton on the Park.

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.

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