The Bartenders’ Weekender tastings edit: 10 tasting events not to miss

There’s just five days until the Bartenders’ Weekender kicks off.

The Bartenders’ Weekender tastings edit: 10 tasting events not to miss

The Bartenders’ Weekender this way comes: there’s only a handful of sleeps before the biggest celebration of bars and drinks culture to visit Brisbane lands.

Starting on Sunday the 16th — that’s this weekend, folks — and going until Tuesday 18th, it’s a three day weekend for bartenders, with some 37 events taking place.

We’ve got big industry parties happening, education and inspiration on hand at the Better Bars Summit presented by Glenfiddich (get your tickets here — we’re nearly booked out), but we’ve also got some fantastic liquid to be had.

Below, get a look at 10 thought provoking tasting sessions with some of the world’s best brands, from local spirit producers to storied international brands, with some never before tasted spirits on offer, too.

Get a look below and see what else is on the timetable at

Rum State of Mind: An Exclusive Event by Proof & Company - Sunday, June 16, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Discover the rich and diverse world of rum at the Crystalbrook Vincent Rooftop. Learn about rum’s history, production, and trends through tastings and panel discussions led by Andy Young (Managing Editor of The Shout, Bars & Clubs), with industry experts Dre Walters (Old Mate's and Old Love's, Sydney), Kayla Reid (Kayla Made Consults, Melbourne), and Huw Griffiths (Union Electric and Lola Belle, Melbourne). Enjoy unique rums from Planteray and Husk — but get your RSVP in quick via email to

It’s agricole, Jim — but not as we know it: North Queensland’s Burdekin distillery - Sunday, June 16, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Experience French agricole-inspired cocktails and learn about the history of agricole rums at Dr Gimlette. Sample North Queensland’s agricole-inspired rums from Burdekin Distillery with distiller Jason Chan. Dive into a rich tasting session celebrating this unique spirit. RSVP via email at

Teremana Tequila “Share the Mana”: It’s about people - Monday, June 17, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Celebrate camaraderie and Teremana tequila at Soko Rooftop Brisbane. This event blends spirits and people in an unforgettable journey. RSVP to secure your spot and enjoy a unique experience.

Oak, Grain, Terroir & People with Elijah Craig - Monday, June 17, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Dive into the intricate world of whiskey at Alice Bar with Elijah Craig. Explore the interplay of oak, grain, terroir, and people. This session is hosted by big whiskey brains Nate White and Yao Wong. RSVP here.

Four Pillars & The Collaborative Spirit - Monday, June 17, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Explore the essence of collaboration with Four Pillars at Before + After. Creative Drinks Director Nick Tesar shares the distillery’s journey from humble beginnings to global recognition. Discover how relationships have shaped their spirit. BOOKED OUT

Starward presents the (New) Old Fashioned - Monday, June 17, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

With a simple vision to create a uniquely Australian whisky, our Founder Dave Vitale was never going to create a traditional whisky. With a fresh approach to whisky-making, Dave challenged category conventions and norms, the result being delicious whiskies that celebrate innovation and the distillery’s hometown of Melbourne. Join Dave as he shares his passion for Starward and innovation, alongside Tom Opie from The Waratah and Matty Opai from Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, as they share their own innovative take on our favourite classic cocktail, the Old Fashioned. RSVP here.

Celebrating 300 Years of the House of Remy Martin - Tuesday, June 18, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Commemorate three centuries of Remy Martin at Death & Taxes. Enjoy an exclusive luxury tasting. Celebrate this historic milestone with exceptional cognac. We also hear that Josh Varna has also brought along some extra special you won’t want to miss. (We’ll see you there — RSVP here.)

Grey Goose: The Art of the Martini - Tuesday, June 18, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Perfect your martini-making skills at The Alliance Hotel. Enjoy hands-on education from Grey Goose and Frntlne. This masterclass blends tradition with cutting-edge advancements for a unique learning experience. RSVP here.

Jack Daniel’s Bonded & Triple Mash Experience - Tuesday, June 18, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Experience Jack Daniel’s newest releases at Brooklyn Standard. Enjoy genuine Southern hospitality, live music, and new Bonded Series whiskeys. Celebrate the art of Tennessee sipping — RSVP via email to

Moister than an Oyster - Tuesday, June 18, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Enjoy Martinis, snacks, and shellfish at Alba Bar & Deli with Never Never Distilling Co. Tickets include drinks and food pairings for a delightful evening. Secure your spot for a night of indulgence — book now here.