AN AMERICAN IN AUSTRALIA WRITTEN & PHOTOGRAPHED BY DEVON TREVATHAN
istilling, especially small, craft operations, are everywhere these days. Such was the case on our most recent trip to Australia, where my faithful travel companion, Colton Weinstein, and I traveled around the southeastern tip of the country, getting a feel for cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Along the way, we took the time to stop at different distilleries, tasting their wares and having a peek around the surrounding locales. I collected a wealth of memories and photographs from our journey, which I am very pleased to share with you now.
SYDNEY The trip began in Sydney, Australia’s largest city, which sports gorgeous beaches right alongside towering architecture. It is a metropolitan city with a bustling Central Business District and plenty of coiffed young professionals (or yopros, as a friend called them). As such, it is expensive to rent out large commercial spaces within the city’s limits, and the industry hasn't developed to the point where tourists are willing to rent cars to journey out of town specifically for distillery tours.
For this and other reasons, most of Sydney’s distilleries are small, urban operations that take up nearly as much space vertically as they do horizontally. This was true at one of our first stops, BRIX DISTILLERS, a rum distillery located in fashionable Surry Hills. What struck me with Brix is that they are a dedicated rum distillery and yet, per Australian law, nothing under two years old can be labeled “rum” on the bottle. That is why their White product, which smelled of fruit and creme brûlée, doesn’t feature the word anywhere on the label or in the marketing. However it is clear that this is a molasses-based product and there is a sticker over the mouth of the bottle that says “Home of Rum,” which is a clever workaround. The White was served alongside a sourced blend of
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