It seems like everything has a Global Calendar date reserved for it these days. September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. October 25? National Greasy Food Day of course!
World Gin Day falls on June 12, and I must admit, I do think this one deserves its own day. Or at least Four Pillars Gin does after the celebratory gin masterclass I attended at Four Pillars Surry Hills.
Melbourne-born gin company Four Pillars set up their Sydney store and bar in Surry Hills early last year. Located in a gorgeous shop on Crown Street, it’s safe to say that the gin makers have made a big splash in the community.
I’m embarrassed to admit, I’m not the biggest gin fan, and I was certainly unsure of what I was in for when I arrived at the class last Saturday June 12.
I have to say, I think I’ve been converted. And it’s not just the gin talking.
Four Pillars are as innovative as they are charming. You’ll taste several delicious and daring drinks, from their Olive Leaf Gin and Spice Trade Gin, which I can only describe as explosive.
You’ll also try their innovative Bloody Shiraz Gin. Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin poured over Shiraz grapes seems like an impossible feat – yet for Four Pillars they have certainly pulled it off, making my favourite drink of the session.
Whilst the gin is lovely – and don’t get me wrong, a huge reason to go – it’s the atmosphere that really does it for me.
You get a great feel for the people who are teaching you about gin. They’re passionate, they’re fun and they really do enjoy being there with you. It’s a wonderful presence to be around.
Co-Founder Stuart Gregor who runs the class is delightful. Full of hilarious anecdotes (some related to gin), you’ll get lost in his stories before his helpful and cheery staff pull you all back to the task at hand – gin!
Gin expert Wes Baimbridge is also a wonderful presence in the class. Not only is he a true gin expert, but he knows how to entertain a crowd. Wes and Stuart together, along with the rest of the Four Pillars employees will whisk you away into a gin inspired daze.
Four Pillars is a world leading gin company, and honestly, I don’t find that surprising at all. The drinks are fun, creative, and daring – just like those who work there.
And you can go there any time. It doesn’t have to be World Gin Day to enjoy a gin.
Four Pillar Gin Laboratory is at 406 Crown Street Surry Hills ph. 90628430