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August 26, 2020

Hains & Co’s Pouring Ribbons teams up with Adelaide Hills Distillery

Hains & Co's female-focussed spirits appreciation club Pouring Ribbons has invited AHD distiller Jess Beltrame to host the September Pouring Ribbons event, with a focus on native spirits.

  • Words: Mia Vidale
  • Pictures: Supplied

Your favourite female-exclusive spirits tasting event is back next month, but this time with a twist.

Pouring Ribbons has teamed up with Adelaide Hills Distillery to bring you two nights filled with unique spirit tastings, with special guest distiller Jess Beltrame.


Pouring Ribbons x Native Spirit Tasting collab
7pm ’til 9pm 2 & 3 September
Hains & Co.
23 Gilbert Pl, Adelaide 5000
More info here.

Pouring Ribbons is back on 2—3 September, and this time they’re keeping it local.

Pairing with the celebrated Adelaide Hills Distillery, guests will be immersed in the detailed process of distilling and learn about the sustainably made and ethically sourced ingredients that have made AHD spirits recognised internationally.

AHD, located in Lot 100, was founded by winemaker Sacha La Forgia in 2014, who left Australia and worked across thirteen wine regions worldwide. After befriending a grappa distiller in Italy, he decided to return to Adelaide to start his own distillery.

Adelaide Hills Distillery launched with the now award-winning 78 Degrees Classic Gin, and success boomed from there.

The September edition of Pouring Ribbons event will showcase an extensive range of gin, vermouth, aperitifs, and Australian whiskey, all made with native botanicals.

The event collaboration will bring some of AHD’s most popular spirits to the menu, including the 78 Degrees Classic Gin, Sunset Gin, Desert Strength Gin, WomadGin, and the Gunner Australian Spiced Rum, and the Native Grain Whiskey.

Distiller Jess Beltrame, who has been part of the AHD team for two years, will detail her experience in the distilling industry.

“I started on the packaging line, and then I’ve been distilling for the last year. We are quite a small team, so I do a little bit of everything really. Distilling, mashing, blending, packaging,” she says.

“Mainly we are pretty busy with our whiskey program, so I distill whiskey four days a week and then we do our gin when we are busy.”

Jess says that events like Pouring Ribbons are particularly important for women, with the spirit industry being quite male-dominated.

“I think it’s important to give women that space, where they can feel free to express themselves,” she says.

“I like that it’s an all-ladies event. It’s quite inclusive and it gives women a good opportunity to try different drinks and meet people in the industry.”

The event will delve into the AHD range and their use of native botanicals. Guests will have the opportunity to taste barrel samples (yet to be released) of AHD rum and whiskey.

“We are going to go through our AHD range, so our core gin, and then we are going to try a few whiskeys,” she says.

“While we try them, we will explore the native grains. I’ll have a display of the native botanicals we use in each product and then I’ll walk people through and give a bit of information behind each one.

“They are quite unique flavours. And for us, we really like the native botanicals because a lot of them are very sustainable.

“We’ve got some whiskeys coming out, I think later on in the year. So, it’s a good opportunity for people to see what we’ll bring out in the future.”

The Pouring Ribbon events are usually sell-outs, with only 16 spots are available for each session.

Ensure to book here.

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