Is it too late to register for the 2022 Conference?
We have sold out of tickets for the 2022 Annual conference.
There are no more tickets available.
Thank you to everyone who has registered - we look forward to seeing you on Sunday 3 April 2022.
Do I have to be a member of the Australian Distillers Association to come to the conference?
No. The conference is open to all commercial Australian Distillers and the associated supply chain. The conference is an industry event and focused for people that work in or have an interest in the spirits industry. It is not a consumer or public facing event. However, if you are interested in joining the industry, and want to meet some like minded people, it is the perfect opportunity to meet others at a friendly and open event. There are tiered prices. Members of the Australian Distillers receive a significant discount – so if you are not a member, there has never been a better time to join. Go to www.australiandistillers.org.au to find out some of the benefits of membership.
When is it being held?
Welcome drinks begin at 5.30pm on Sunday 3 April 2022
Conference will be held from 9.00am Monday 4 April 2022
Regional tours begin approx. 9.00am Tuesday 5 April 2022
Where will the conference be held?
Sunday 3 April
Welcome reception will be held at Starward Distillery
50 Bertie St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Either go straight there or buses will run from and return to Pullman from 5.15pm,
last return to leave Starward at 8.30pm.
You can register early for the conference at the Pullman hotel foyer before you get on the bus from 4.30pm.
Monday 4 April
Registration open 8.30am
Conference from 9.00 am
Tuesday 5 April
The regional tours are an important component of every Australian Distillers Conference.
The buses will leave from the front of the Pullman Hotel.
There are no self drives. You must be on the coach.
If you have not already selected your regional tour, please make the booking at the Eventbrite page and select only one per registration of the 4 choices.
All regional tours are scheduled to return to Melbourne between 4.00 and 5.00pm.
There will be optional drinks on the Tuesday evening at a convenient Melbourne CBD location. Details will be provided at the conference. There will not be any transport provided for this optional event.
When is registration?
You can register on the Sunday afternoon from 4.30pm at the Pullman hotel reception area.
You can also register at any time from 8.30am on Monday, 4 April in the foyer.
When you register you will be given your conference pack (which includes lots of goodies) and your colour coded name tag. Full Members of the Association will receive a different coloured name tag from Associate Members and sponsors. If you are now a commercial distiller, and you are an Associate member, now is the time to upgrade your membership to Full Membership of the Association. You can do so by contacting Mimma at email@example.com
What is the dress code?
For the welcome reception, conference during the day and the regional tours, the dress code is neat casual. Most delegates will wear their own branded apparel. For the Regional Tours, you will be at a working distillery and closed toed shoes are mandatory.
After the conference close on the Monday night there will be some drinks in the foyer. After that, there will be a short break for you to freshen up.
The dress code for the gala dinner is cocktail/Monday best!
What’s this about foyer drinks?
It is not an Australian Distillers Conference without the opportunity to show off your latest or greatest product to your mates, both old and new.
That’s why we strongly encourage every distiller to bring a bottle (or two maximum) of your product to share with your colleagues.
We will have professional bar staff serve it with Long-Rays mixers, including their amazing new dark soda for rum and whisky, as well as tonics and soda.
Please bring your bottle when you register and the friendly team will register your product and take care of it until the foyer drinks.
What is the RSA policy?
All components of the Australian Distillers Conference will be in licensed venues and we will be complying with the Responsible Service and Consumption of Alcohol at all times.
Are there any Covid restrictions? Do I have to wear a mask?
We will be complying with all mandated obligations in Victoria at the time of the conference. Check Victorian government website here for latest information.
I haven’t booked accommodation yet, what do I do?
ADA has secured limited rooms with favourable rates* at the Pullman, Albert Park (conference hotel) and the Mercure, Albert Park (adjoining hotel).
To book, click on the hotel link* below or contact the hotel directly by phone or email:
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Phone: +61 03 9529 4300 (Select Reservations at the prompt)
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Tell me more about the Sunday evening event:
We recommend you register at the foyer of the Pullman any time from 4.30pm on the Sunday prior to attending the welcome drinks. This is not mandatory, but it will mean you will have a name tag on your lanyard and the bus will take you directly to Starward.
Welcome reception will be held at Starward Distillery at 5.30pm
50 Bertie St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Either go straight there or buses will run from and return to Pullman from 5.15pm last return to leave Starward at 8.30pm.
Tell me more about Monday:
Registration will open at 8.30am at the Pullman Hotel
The Conference will be open at 9.00am sharp and will run through to 4.30pm. There will be plenty of breaks to engage with the sponsors, have a coffee, network and stretch your legs.
At 4.30pm we will have foyer drinks where you will be able to celebrate the latest or greatest of yours and your colleagues’ products. Every distiller is encouraged to bring a bottle or two of their favourite creation.
At 5.30pm the drinks will finish and you will have a chance to freshen up before coming back down to the grand ball room for the gala dinner.
The gala dinner starts at 6.30pm and includes entertainment, some
special guests, fine food and plenty of good cheer. There will even be a back
bar to finish off any remaining bottles from the foyer drinks. Dress code is Monday best!
Can my spouse come to the gala dinner if they are not coming to the conference?
They sure can. We love family and want you to be able to share an
industry highlight. However, if you have not already booked, unfortunately it is too late because we have sold all available tickets.
Tell me more about Tuesday:
All conference delegates are able to attend one of the regional tours. If you have already booked your conference ticket, but not the regional tour, you will need to contact Mimma to get your code to book a ticket on the eventbrite page.
Each of the tours will be leaving from the Pullman Hotel. There is no self drive. You must pre-register. The tours will be to working distilleries, so you must wear closed toes shoes and appropriate clothing.
Morning tea and lunch will be provided at the distilleries. You will also be provided with tasting samples whilst you are there. If you want to purchase anything while you are there, the hosts have agreed that all conference delegates will be able to purchase at wholesale prices.
Mornington Peninsula tour will depart at 9.15am
Estimated return time is 4.00pm, subject to traffic
Yarra Valley tour will depart at 9.00am
Estimated return time is 3.45pm, subject to traffic
Goldfields tour will depart at 8.45am
Estimated return time is 4.00pm, subject to traffic
Bellarine tour will depart at 8.45am
Estimated return time is 4.30pm, subject to traffic
Will there be time to meet with the sponsors and vendors?
Members have told us that they want to be able to meet with the suppliers to the industry and find out the latest products and services by trusted suppliers. That is why some have taken the opportunity to have a stand and there are plenty of breaks in the schedule to allow you time to connect with the suppliers and sponsors.
This is my first time attending, will people be friendly?
Lucky for you, you are part of the most engaging, welcoming and supportive industry in Australia. Australian Distillers members have a reliable reputation for being open, welcoming, forthcoming with advice and experience and sharing the spirit.
Are there any side events?
There are some magnificent parallel events occurring along with the conference.
Held in partnership with the Australian Distillers Association, the inaugural Australian Whisky Show will showcase over 100 different whiskies, all produced by distilleries from across Australia. This is a consumer facing event. If you are in town, on the Sunday, it is a fantastic experience. Get more information here.
Spirits Victoria Association will be hosting a breakfast to welcome all of the Victorian delegation at 8.00am on Monday 4 April at the Pullman.
After the conference, when you return from the Regional Tour, there will be an unofficial after party. Details will be provided at the conference. This will run from 5.00pm to late.
I heard something about some special whisky?
On the 30-year anniversary of Australian craft distilling, the ‘Godfather of Australian Whisky’, Bill Lark, invited some Australian whisky producers to join with him to create a special blend to celebrate this significant milestone. The following craftspeople provided some of their exceptional product that will now be made available to you for your drinking or collecting pleasure:
Lark Distilling Co (Tas)
Timboon Railway Shed Distillery (Vic)
78 Degrees Distillery (SA)
Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery (Qld)
Tria Prima (SA)
Whipper Snapper Distillery (WA)
Castle Glen Australia (Qld)
Fleurieu Distillery (SA)
Two Doctors Whiskey (NSW)
Old Kempton Distillery (Tas)
Prohibition Liquor Co (SA)
Lower Marsh Distillery (Tas)
Craft Works Distillery (NSW)
Cape Byron Distillery (NSW)
Hellyers Road (Tas)
Bathurst Grange Distillery (NSW)
Backwoods Distilling Co (Vic)
Callington Mill (Tas)
Bellerine Distillery (Vic)
Iron House (Tas)
Archie Rose (NSW)
McHenry Distillery (Tas)
Hobart Whisky Co (Tas)
Riverbourne Distillery (NSW)
Launceston Distillery (Tas)
Furneaux Distillery (Tas)
Adams Distillery (Tas)
Belgrove Distillery (Tas)
Killara Distillery (Tas)
Bakery Hill (Vic)
Spring Bay (Tas)
Manly Spirits (NSW)
Tin Shed Distilling co (SA)
Sunny Hill Distillery (SA)
Joadja Distillery (NSW)
Is it too late to register?
Conference has reached the capacity. No more tickets are available.
How is this amazing conference so affordable?
We are part of an incredible and supportive industry that wants to see all responsible participants succeed. That is why we are proud to tell you about the generous and like minded supporters who are sponsoring the conference to ensure the event is as educative, entertaining and engaging as possible – whilst being as affordable.
The Victorian Government is supporting key conference aspects with a particular focus on the opening event, general conference program, regional tours and urban distilleries. The sponsorship recognises that the conference presents opportunity to connect the industry to regional Victoria and elevate Victoria as a distillery capital for the nation.
Please support the brands that support you!
Count on It (Diageo)
WITH A TWIST
CHERRY ON TOP
How do I join the Australian Distillers Association?
By joining the Australian Distillers Association, you are part of one of the fastest growing and most diverse industries in Australia. You share in the passion, commitment and ethical standards required to unleash the potential of you and your business. Joining is easy. Just click here and follow the prompts.
I still have some questions. Where do I go?
You can contact Mimma at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org