With only one month to go until the Top Shelf Festival takes place in Melbourne on 8-9 August, exhibitors are gearing up to make it a show to remember.

With more than 60 spirits suppliers and over 25 beer and cider companies represented, there are plenty of creative activations planned for visitors.

Market newcomers Ink Gin will present its colour changing gin and run a competition to win the first bottle, bottle 001, from its very first batch of the spirit. Ink will also offer a happy hour special from 5-6pm when visitors can purchase $5 cocktails and examine all 15 botanicals used to create Ink.

At the Eau De Vie pop-up, the bar’s signature Blazer cocktails will be served throughout the day, and they’ll also sell their bottled cocktails for visitors to take home.

Want some entertainment? World class flair bartender and mixologist Clinton Weir, from Barmazter, will be performing and mixing drinks on the Finest Call stand.


On the beer front, Colonial Brewing’s Small Ale cans will play a starring role on its beer pong table while members of its Beer Department will be on hand to chat about their mission to “save the world one beer at a time”.

Visitors to the DrinksRus stand will be able to sign up for a 10 per cent discount on online sales – and they’re running a mystery competition for guests as well.

There’s heaps more planned for Top Shelf, including ice carving displays, egg and spoon races, fiery coopering demonstrations – and you can even bottle your own gin.

With the count down on, there is still time to buy discounted tickets online for just $25.



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