WA Proof Festival

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Recurring Event
Bill's Bar And Bites

West Australian Distillers Guild presents WA Proof Festival at Bill’s Bar and Bites (The Leederville Hotel)

This is a great opportunity to taste the best of the spirits being produced by WA’s world class distilleries in one place at one time and to learn from the distillers that make these fine spirits.

First session 10.30am to 1.30pm
Second session 2pm to 5pm

Cost per session $50 plus booking fee. Includes:

  • Entry
  • Tasting glass
  • 1 x 10ml tasting from each distillery or 2 x 5ml tastings from each distillery (12 distilleries in total attending)
  • The 12 Distilleries being showcased are: West Winds Gin; Whipper Snapper; SinGin; The Grove; Swan Valley Gin Co; Kimberley Rum Co; Hoochery; Old Youngs; Limeburners/Margaret River Distilling Co; Tattarang Springs; High Spirits; and Spirit of Little Things.

Early bird pricing $40 plus ticket booking fee - Available until 30th Sept.

Guests can purchase bottles from the distilleries to take home, extra tastings from the distilleries and cocktails from the bar.

MASTERCLASS DESCRIPTIONS – all masterclasses run for 30 minutes

GIN MASTERCLASS #1 - Session one 10:45am | Session two at 2:15pm

Hosts - Swan Valley Gin, Spirit of Little Things, West Winds Gin, Tattarang Springs

This Gin Masterclass will take you on a tour of the exciting Gin styles produced in Western Australia and winning world-wide acclaim. You will also learn about the fascinating history of Gin and how it is made, including the myriad of local botanicals that make our gins so unique. Each class will be hosted by one of our local distillers and will provide participants the opportunity to ask our local experts how the perfect Gin is made.

WHISKY MASTERCLASS #2 – Session one at 11:25am | Session two at 2:55pm

Hosts - Whipper Snapper, Lime Burners

Western Australian Whiskeys are finding a place in the Australian and International Whiskey scene. This Masterclass will discuss some of our outstanding local Whiskeys and you will learn how whiskey is made, including fermentation, distillation and maturation. Our Award winning distillers will guide you through this fascinating experience with plenty of time to ask questions and discover your favourite drop.

RUM MASTERCLASS #3 - Session one at 12:05pm | Session two at 3:35pm

Hosts - The Grove, Kimberley Rum Co, The Hoochery

Our State has all the ingredients for making Rum with our large sugar cane plantings in the north supplying the raw material for some awesome Rums. This Masterclass will take you on a Rum journey from the far north to the south-west of WA. In this class you will find out about the history of Rum, how it is produced and how to identify a world-class Rum.

VODKA AND APERITIF MASTERCLASS #4 - Session one at 12:45pm | Session two at 4:15pm

Hosts - Sin Gin, Old Youngs, High Spirits

In this Masterclass you will learn about distillation and how this amazing process produces the foundation of all spirits – alcohol. There will be a discussion hosted by one of our distillers to reveal the theory, practice and secrets of the distillation of the purest of all spirits - Vodka. This class will also explore a wide range of our other amazing Western Australian spirits – including Aquavit and Absinthe. You will learn what botanicals make these Aperitifs so interesting and how to enjoy them.