Australian craft distillers have joined forces and come up with the Aussie Spirit Auction, where 100 per cent on the proceeds will go to Rural Aid, to help farming communities hit by drought and fire.

So far over 100 bottles of (often rare, brand new or unbuyable) craft spirits are ready for auction, but there is just still time to donate a bottle for the cause.

The original idea for this fundraiser came from Craig at Craft Works Distillery, and then David Pearse from 5Nines Distilling jumped on board to lead a team of volunteers including Amy at Wright Event, Robbie from Round Oak Barrel (whose family’s house and winery was directly affected by the Black Saturday bushfires), craft spirits fan David T and Sarah from DrinkMelbourne.

Pearse told TheShout: “We’re looking for all sorts of donations.

“Bill Lark has given us a bottle out of his museum stock, which was one of the first bottles distilled by his daughter.

“Other distilleries are donating tasting experiences, or distillery experiences such as be a distiller for a day – things like that. Some really unique experiences and spirits that are tied to the Australian spirits industry.”

He added: “This auction is about the little guy helping other little guys – that’s our idea of the Aussie spirit. We also want to show some love for the craft spirits scene along the way.”

Round Oak Barrels have also donated a barrel and with new make spirit the distillers are creating a once-in-a-lifetime ‘Aussie Spirit’ for the cause.

The organisers are still accepting donations until 31 January, so email Pearse at to get involved.

The auction is taking place on Friday, 28 February at Dockside Darling Harbour, tickets are still available through the Aussie Spirit Auction website.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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