The Australian Spirits Guide: An author talk with Luke McCarthy
Join us for a drink as we celebrate our spirits industry with writer and professional barman, Luke McCarthy!
From clandestine convict distilleries to the world’s best whisky, The Australian Spirits Guide celebrates the storied past and present of Australia’s spirits industry. Join drinks writer and bartender Luke McCarthy as he talks about the book and unearths sixty of Australia’s best spirits, from whisky, gin and vodka, to rum, brandy, moonshine and other local specialties.
With complimentary drink courtesy of Sydney craft distillery Poor Toms Gin.
6pm arrivals for a 6.30pm start.
Once Luke McCarthy had completed studies in writing, literature and history he then, naturally, began working in bars. At the same time, travels around Europe and the UK ignited his passion for spirits, and when Luke started at Melbourne’s Whisky & Alement, a bar and school of whisky that stocks more than 700 spirits, his passion turned into a working obsession.
Soon he found himself writing a drinks column for Fairfax Media’s Executive Style and teaching classes on whisky and spirits for industry and the public. His writing on drinks and travel has now appeared in numerous Australian and international publications, and over the past few years Luke has hassled distillers and blenders in Scotland, Ireland, the United States, France, Spain, Taiwan and, of course, across Australia. He now divides his time between writing, bartending and trying to play cricket for Australia.
18:00–20:00 Where: Books Kinokuniya, Sydney