As the international dining juggernaut that is the world-renowned Danish restaurant Noma, rolled into Sydney on Australia Day, a selection of local distillers were reeling with the knowledge that their craft distilleries have now been thrust onto the world stage in a big way.
With the entirety of the $500-plus per head pop-up’s bookings sold out in 90 seconds it caused distinct waves across the country and the rest of the world.
The two Michelin-star restaurant is run by chef René Redzepi, and it was the chef and members of his team who personally travelled around Australia, not only to source ingredients but also to investigate the local craft distilling scene.
While the list was a closely guarded secret until the restaurant’s debut yesterday, nine local distillers were selected to be a part of the menu: Belgrove Distillery, McHenry Distillery, Loch Brewery & Distillery, Castagna Vineyard, Black Gate Distillery, Stone Pine Distillery, Young Henrys, Hoochery Distillery, and Overeem Distillery.
Kathleen Davies Nip of Courage – the distribution company that represents eight of the nine distillers – was understandably excited about the achievement. In a statement on Facebook Davies thanked Noma for “believing in our distillers”.
“On the opening of Noma Australia today we proudly announce that 22 of the products from 8 producers on our portfolio are represented in the two-Michelin Star restaurant alongside our friends at Overeem Distillery. Boy oh boy what a glorious feeling! We are all so excited to be part of this project and we are extremely humbled to work with such awesome distillers and the wonderful Noma team,” she says.
Highlights of the selection include Stone Pine Distillery’s Limited Edition Orange Blossom Gin, Overeem Distillery’s Sherry Cask Whisky, McHenry Sloe Berry Eau De Vie (made especially for Noma), Young Henrys Limited Release 100% Wheat Vodka, and Black Gate Quandong Eau de Vie (exclusively made for Noma).
A selection of local wine producers and craft brewers were also selected for the menu, which has not, as yet, been released in full.