Hyatt Hotel Canberra Presents a Schnapps Masterclass

hyatt hotel masterclass

Thursday 20 June 2024

Experience the spirit of the Snowy Mountains at Hyatt Hotel Canberra’s Schnapps masterclass. Join wildbrumby founder Brad Spalding and distiller Sebastian Druege in the historic Griffin’s Lounge for schnappy cocktails, winter canapes, and stories about distillation, ski culture, and mountain life.

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6:00pm – 7:30pm

Ring in Christmas with sour cherry cocktails

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Bring out the champagne glasses – it’s sour cherry schnapps season!

Christmas is all about great company and fabulous food. Lunch tables overflow with prawns and sweet, heart-shaped cherries. Their pits decorating the table come dinner time.

So, what happens to their smaller, less common cousins – the sour, morello cherry?

These deep ruby morsels are gifted with a complex flavour that we believe was made for our sour cherry schnapps!

Sour cherries, like the morello cherry have been used in liqueurs all over Europe for centuries. The most famous being Kirshwasser, meaning “cherry water”, from the Black Forrest region of Germany.

You guessed it. Sour cherry is the beautifully tart and tempting schnapps responsible for the delicious black forest cake. But could you imagine a cherry topped pavlova drizzled with our seasonal sour cherry schnapps!?

The possibilities are endless with this deliciously bittersweet treat. Here are a few cocktail recipes to get you cheers-ing to cherry this Christmas!


Kirsch Royale

As a Christmassy riff on the French ‘Kir Royale’, this cocktail is all about celebration. The star ingredient? A generous pour of our seasonal sour cherry schnapps.

This is the perfect cocktail to serve to friends just as the Christmas crackers are pulled and the jokes are shared.

And the best part about our Kirsch Royale is that you’ll have one at your fingertips in two easy steps – Let’s leave the complicated recipes to the food this year.

Ingredients:

20ml wildbrumby sour cherry schnapps
wildbrumby brut
morello cherries

How to make it:

To be cheers-ing to cherry all through to Christmas dinner, first place your morello cherry into a champagne flute and add our wildbrumby sour cherry schnapps.

Next, tilt the champagne flute on a 45-degree angle and fill with our wildbrumby brut. This will result in an evenly mixed cocktail that is ready to serve in seconds.

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Sour Cherry Martini

It wouldn’t be a wildbrumby celebration without a martini. And our seasonal sour cherry schnapps is the ingredient that takes our signature martini recipe from party favourite to the Christmas cocktail everyone will want to sip.

In this cocktail you’ll find a lip-smacking tartness and candied cherry notes. (Have a friend obsessed with martinis? We have that Sour Cherry Martini Pack they didn’t know was on their Christmas wish list.)

Ingredients:

60mL wildbrumby Sour Cherry Schnapps
30mL wildbrumby Kosciuszko Vodka
morello cherry

How to make it:

Set up your chilled martini glass with a single morello cherry. Then, bring out your cocktail mixing glass and fill it to the brim with ice. Add our sour cherry schnapps and wildbrumby Kosciuszko vodka, and stir for 15 rotations.

Strain the contents of your cocktail mixing glass into your chilled martini glass. Enjoy!

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Sour Cherry Sling

The Singapore Sling, a brilliantly fruity and pink cocktail, was invented in Singapore in the early 1900’s and has been a summertime classic ever since.

Some versions of the long forgotten ‘original recipe’ call for pineapple juice. However, our version combines the citrus notes of fresh lemon and orange, giving this cherry-forward drink an extra punch of tartness.

Sipping this cocktail by the pool or whilst on BBQ duty is one way to beat that summertime heat.

Ingredients:

30mL Classic Gin
30mL Sour Cherry
15mL fresh lemon juice
15mL fresh orange juice
morello cherries
wildbrumby morello bitters (or Angostura bitters)
soda water

How to make it:

The key to making the best Singapore Sling is to use fresh and quality ingredients. First, squeeze at least 15mL of fresh lemon juice and 15mL of fresh orange juice. Then prep your garnish by pinning two morello cherries using a cocktail pin.

Fill a bar shaker with ice and pour in the lemon juice and orange juice, followed by our wildbrumby classic gin and our cherry schnapps. Shake till frost forms on the outside of your bar shaker and strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Top with soda water.

Place your pinned cherries on top of your glass and add a tiny dash of morello bitters (available from our distillery door). And if you don’t have a bar shaker at home, simply build it straight into your glass.

wildbrumby seasonal products are available from our online shop or distillery door for limited periods only.

Dandelion & Honey schnapps is in full bloom

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Wildflowers are in bloom, the sun is out, and the mountains are singing for adventure. 

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Spring has sprung and we’re celebrating with a floral, herbaceous and honey-sweet treat – our Dandelion & Honey schnapps.

Incorporating wild, handpicked dandelion flowers and local alpine honey with a base of our Pink Lady Apple schnapps. This is a seasonal schnapps made to be savoured for as long as our dandelions are in bloom.

You may be asking yourself, why dandelion? This vibrant yellow flower is highly aromatic and known as one of the most common edible flowers. 

In teas and drinks, dandelion gives off a rich herbaceous and floral flavour often served alongside honey and lemon.

Local alpine honey is a key ingredient in our Dandelion & Honey schnapps too.

As bees busily venture from plant to plant, the taste of the snowy mountains in spring is collected into each drop of their gorgeous golden honey.

For us, the vibrant notes of wildflowers and local alpine honey are the true flavours of spring. So, where does the idea of floral schnapps come from?

Herbs and flowers, like dandelion, have a long history in liquor creation. Particularly in Western Europe where many traditional alcoholic beverages consumed in springtime, and beyond, are herbal liqueurs and aromatised fortified wines.

Today, you’re bound to come across plenty of cocktails celebrating springtime with herbaceous and floral flavours.

Here’s how we like to drink it:

Our Dandelion & Honey schnapps is delectable served neat or over ice. You can also try it as a boilermaker with your favourite lager after a long mountain bike ride or enjoy it in a simple cocktail like our Angry Bee. What better way to celebrate spring than with a floral and honey forward refresher?

How to make the Angry Bee:

Ingredients:
wildbrumby Dandelion & Honey schnapps 60mL
Fresh Lemon Juice 15mL
Soda Water
An edible flower

Method:
Fill a highball glass with ice and pour in our wildbrumby Dandelion & Honey schnapps and fresh lemon juice. Stir in ingredients and top with high-quality soda water.

Want to make this drink extra special? First, add ice to your highball glass and fill it halfway with soda water. To a cocktail shaker, add ice, fresh lemon juice, our wildbrumby Dandelion & Honey schnapps and shake well.

Using the cocktail shaker will thoroughly mix these ingredients and creates a soft texture that tastes phenomenal and is sure to impress your friends.

Strain the contents of your cocktail shaker into your highball glass and top with extra soda water if needed. Garnish with your favourite edible flower – our pick is the dandelion, of course!

*wildbrumby seasonal products are available from our online shop or distillery door for limited periods only.

Hyatt Hotel Canberra Presents a Schnapps Masterclass

hyatt hotel schnapps masterclass

Hyatt Hotel Canberra is giving you the opportunity to sample the spirit of the Snowies in a relaxed Schnapps masterclass.

If you can’t make it to the mountains this winter, the mountains will come to you!

Join wildbrumby founder Brad Spalding and head distiller Sebastian Druege for a yarn by the fireside of the historic 100-year-old Griffin’s Lounge while you sip on schnappy cocktails and enjoy warming winter canapes. Try wildbrumby favourites such as Limoncello and a seasonal Baked Apple only available in winter.

You’ll hear stories about the founding of the distillery, ski culture, and mountain life, and will enjoy a great night out amongst friends.

Having learned the art of distillation in Austria, Brad established wildbrumby as one of the first craft distilleries in Australia. Thus, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the masterclass on what it takes to create a premium Australian product. With his European sensibilities, and creative flair, Sebastian knows how to wow with unique cocktail creations.

For those who have never tried schnapps, it will be the perfect introduction to the world of craft distillation and mountain culture.

This will be the first masterclass of many in a Masterclass Series. The series is designed to provide guests with immersive culinary experiences. It will also showcase the amazing local business and producers in Canberra and surrounds.

Key Details:

Thursday 20 June 2024

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Griffin’s Lounge, Hyatt Hotel Canberra

$59 per person includes a wildbrumby Schnapps tasting board and winter-warmer canapes.

Tickets available via Eventbrite

Savouring Sustainability – Wildbrumby Distillery’s Eco-Friendly Spirits Expedition

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The Formation of a Travel-worthy Destination

As we mark 21 years in the craft distillery industry, it’s a momentous occasion worth celebrating! Throughout our journey, we’ve prided ourselves on doing things a little differently. We’ve been distilling long before it became a trend, and that pioneering spirit continues to guide us.

From the outset, Brad and Monika had a grander vision beyond merely crafting a brand. They aimed to carve out a destination nestled within the serene landscapes of the Snowy Mountains. Unlike many others, our journey didn’t commence in some nondescript industrial shed tucked away from prying eyes.


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Using Recycled Building Materials

Our original Still-house stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment to sustainability. Constructed using recycled timber and corrugated iron, with beams repurposed from an old bridge, it embodies our ethos of giving materials a second chance to be part of a meaningful narrative.

Sustainability has been ingrained in our operations from the very beginning. Preserving the Snowy Mountains’ pristine beauty has always been our top priority.


Harnessing the Power of Nature

One of our earliest initiatives involved installing three worm farms to effectively manage our organic byproducts, transforming them into nutrient-rich compost. Recently, we welcomed a new addition to our distillery grounds: a beehive. This hive serves as a vital pollinator for our organic raspberry patch and other fruit trees, ensuring their continued vitality and contributing to the local ecosystem.

Furthermore, we’ve embraced solar power, with 32 panels adorning our original building and an additional 50 gracing our main production facility. These panels power our 600-litre Still “Joan” and sustain our off-grid staff accommodation, symbolizing our commitment to harnessing renewable energy sources.

The same solar panels that energize our whole operation also power a recently acquired electric car used for local deliveries, exemplifying our dedication to reducing our carbon footprint.

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Waste not, Want not

Moreover, we’ve implemented innovative water-saving measures, including a closed-circuit cooling system for distillation and the operation of our own Sewage Treatment Plant for wastewater management. Additionally, all kitchen oil is meticulously collected and repurposed for biodiesel production.

Our commitment to sustainability also benefits our community. Our leftover gin botanicals play a role in supporting local business Rockstock Deli. These botanicals are utilized for curing meats, smallgoods, and smoked Snowy Mountain trout, fostering collaboration within our community while minimizing waste.

Visitors to our distillery will notice our commitment to bottle refills during tastings, a conscious effort to minimize unnecessary glass waste. Furthermore, our dedication to sustainability extends to our online store in our choice of packaging materials, which are proudly biodegradable. 

At Wildbrumby Distillery, sustainability isn’t just a checkbox; it’s a way of life ingrained in every facet of our operation. As we embark on the next leg of our eco-friendly spirits expedition, we remain steadfast in our commitment to preserving the environment while crafting exceptional spirits that reflect the pristine beauty of the Snowy Mountains.

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Shop our range of schnapps, gin and vodka here.

To purchase your own eco-friendly bio-degradable plastics for home or business use, we recommend Biogone: https://www.biogone.com.au/ 

For more information on Rock Stock Deli, visit their website here: https://www.rockstock.net.au/ 

We drive an MG EV. View here to see their range of electric vehicles.

Top 10 reasons to visit wildbrumby at Easter

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Top 10 reasons to visit wildbrumby at Easter with pictures in background (Free tasting, Still, Raspberry Schnapps, Sculpture walk, Hipflask)

We are open all Easter Long Weekend, and there is lots to see and do!

1. Free Tasting

Sample the selection of seasonal and year-round schnapps, gins and vodkas, all day, every day across the Easter long weekend. Rock up at the tasting counter, and one of our wildbrumby team members will be only too happy to guide you through the menu.

2. Raspberry Season

Try our latest seasonal schnapps – Raspberry! February to April is raspberry season at wildbrumby – when our organic raspberry patch is harvested.

The Easter weekend will also be one of your last chances to catch another of our seasonal stars – Mango schnapps.

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3. Jindabyne Art and Artisan Trail

This year, we’ll be participating in the Jindabyne Art and Artisan Trail. Stretch your legs, soak up the sun, and take a walk in our sculpture garden. For more info on participants, check out the interactive map online at Creative South, or pick up a brochure in the shop. You can also check out a quick video on our Instagram page here.

4. Ride an E-Bike

Got energy to burn? Ride an E-bike up Wollondibby Road to explore an aromatic forest of Candlebark Gums and White Sallees. Turn around when you reach the gate, just past Nowhere…You’ll know Nowhere when you see it. Look for the Brumbies!   

5. Schnappy Hoppy Hour

Dusk is when the roos come out to play. The deck out back of wildbrumby Café and Distillery is the best place to relax and observe the local wildlife come to hang! We’re open a little longer – until 6 pm on Fridays and Saturdays – so you can make the most of this magical moment. To sweeten the deal, from 4 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, it’s Schnappy Hour! Get a Schnapps Flight for $9, instead of the regular $12.

6. Browse the Shop and Gallery

Stillhouse café is a treasure trove of kitsch objects, artisanal crafts and fine art. Eye-catching works by local Crackenback artists Zoe Young and Brad Spalding grace nearly every wall. In the shop you’ll find an assortment of handmade items designed to bring a little bit of Austrian homeliness to wildbrumby. For the keenest observers, there’s also one rude gnome to be found somewhere in the restaurant…We call him – our complaints department.

7. Florence, the Machine

No, not Florence & The Machine of Rock musical fame. Our Florence is a working still imported from Germany, and the very first to produce schnapps at wildbrumby distillery. These days, we normally make use of our much larger still, Joan, who hides in the shed. Florence, she’s a flirty one, though. She can be admired within the Stillhouse café, right behind the tastings counter.

8. Ring the Bells

There’s nothing like the ringing of a cow bell to make you feel like you’re on an Austrian mountain farm. There are numerous bells around the property, waiting to be tinkled. Alternatively, order a Schnapps Flight to your table, and we’ll ring the bells for you.

9. Pose as a Swiftie

In honour of Tay Tay’s recent Eras tour down under, artist Spalding has painted a brilliant photo cut-out board to make your dreams come true. Pose as Taylor Swift in performance mode or as one of her loyal followers (swifties).

10. Find the Scarred Tree

Thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans and brumbies, the Thredbo Valley was a place of transit, hunting, and gathering for the Ngarigo and Manaroo peoples. Many quartz artefacts have been found throughout the valley, particularly at Crackenback. Scarred trees provide another archaeological clue of how the Ngarigo people lived ingenuously off the land. Aboriginal people would deliberately cut bark away from trees for a variety of practical purposes, leaving tissue that would dry, then die, leaving a ‘scar’ on which no bark could grow again. The scarred tree on the grounds of wildbrumby looks to archaeologists to have been hollowed out to make a bowl. Can you find it?

Finally, at wildbrumby we encourage fun in all its forms, but think you’ll have the best fun if you follow our responsibility code (see below). Help us look after our beautiful Alpine environment, thus paying our respects to the original custodians of the land, the Ngarigo people and their elders past, present and emerging.

We’re looking forward to seeing you over Easter!

The wildbrumby Responsibility Code:

  1. Tread carefully. Like the Ngarigo people, let’s appreciate and look after the
    flora and fauna.
  2. Safety first. Keep climbing to a minimum. Play inside the caravan, not on
    the roof.
  3. Snake alert. If you see a snake, back away slowly and alert a wildbrumby
    staff member immediately. We will re-home our legless friend.
  4. Respect others. Noise is okay in the field down past the Orbs. Let’s allow
    people to relax in a calm atmosphere in and around the café.
  5. Parents beware. Children who don’t play by the rules will be given a black
    coffee and a kitten to take home.
  6. Children take note. Take care of your parents. They are your responsibility.
    We cannot guarantee the return of lost parents.

Savour Snowy Mountains

8 – 10 March 2024 at Lake Crackenback Resort

SIP & SAVOUR COCKTAIL EVENING
To kick start the Savour Weekend of Food & Wine, specially designed cocktails will be crafted by Sebastian, celebrating the flavours of the mountains. 

WILDBRUMBY MASTERCLASS
On Saturday Brad will be hosting a Masterclass on Schnapps and mountain culture to celebrate 21 years of schnapps fermentation and distillation in Crackenback.
You’ll learn about the history of schnapps and how it became an integral part of the mountain experience. 

Taste of the Snowies

1 – 2 March in Thredbo

Canvas + Cocktails with Brad Spalding

Join artist Brad Spalding for an exclusive evening at the Lounge Bar on Friday, the 1st of March, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Paint alongside him, savour Wildbrumby cocktails, schnapps tastings, and grazing boards. Celebrate his art accolades and 21 years of Wildbrumby distillery with this unforgettable blend of art, spirits, and milestones!

Look Out! It’s a Berry Bonanza!

Summer is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the season of sunshine and warmth than with a sip of pure berry bliss? We’re thrilled to announce the return of our much-loved Pure Berry Schnapps, and let me tell you, this year’s vintage is an absolute showstopper!

Picture this: rolling fields adorned with ripe raspberries, plump blackberries, juicy blueberries, and tangy red and black currants—all handpicked at the peak of perfection to capture nature’s true essence. Our team has been hard at work, meticulously bottling this fruity symphony to bring you a limited release that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds.

What sets our Pure Berry Schnapps apart is its unparalleled versatility. Whether you prefer to enjoy it neat, savouring each nuanced flavour, or over ice for a refreshing kick, the possibilities are endless. But why stop there when you can elevate your experience with a creative cocktail infusion?

Imagine the magic of our Pure Berry Schnapps mingling with the smoothness of our Kosciuszko Vodka or the botanical beauty of our Rubus Patch Gin. The result? A concoction so delightful that we’ve dubbed it the supercali-BERRY-licious-expialidocious cocktail. It’s not just a drink; it’s a symphony of flavours that’ll have you singing its praises.

So, as the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, let our Pure Berry Schnapps be your go-to companion for all your summer soirées and backyard gatherings. Whether you’re toasting to the sunset or dancing under the stars, each sip will transport you to a berry-filled paradise—a celebration of nature’s bounty in its purest form.


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45 ml Wildbrumby Pure Berry Schnapps
30 ml Kosciuszko Vodka
30 ml fresh Lime Juice
1 Egg White

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and give it light shakes to create a beautiful foam.

Then add the ice and keep shaking until the shaker is icy cold to the touch. Carefully strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a few freshly picked berries for an irresistible finish.


BERRY SPRITZER

45 ml wildbrumby Pure Berry Schnapps
30 ml Rubus Patch Gin
20 ml fresh Lime Juice
Fever Tree Ginger Ale

Pour all of the Berry Spritzer ingredients into an ice-filled tall glass.

Top off with Fever Tree Ginger Ale and garnish with juicy berries and a sprig of fresh mint.

Cheers to Something Special: Our New Hazelnut Schnapps!

wildbrumby Hazelnut Schnapps

Come peek behind the scenes with our incredible Production Team, where things can get wild. This time, they’ve outdone themselves with our latest creation—the limited-edition Hazelnut Schnapps.

Imagine the best hazelnuts we could find, toasted just right to bring out all their amazing smells. Then, these tasty nuts join “Joan,” our small batch still, and the magic happens. What comes out is a hazelnut-infused drink like a flavour party in your mouth.

This schnapps is something special because we didn’t make a ton of it—just enough for those who love trying unique things. It’s not your everyday drink; it’s a rare, one-time-only treat that’s all about making your taste buds dance.

You can enjoy it straight up, over ice, or mixed into your hot chocolate. Are you feeling fancy? Shake things up with a Hazelnut Martini! There are many ways to savour this drink, and each sip is like a bit of adventure.

So, let’s raise our glasses to try new stuff and enjoy something extraordinary. Our Hazelnut Liqueur Schnapps is here for a good time, not a long time. Cheers!


Cocktail Recepies

Nut-tini:

Hazelnut Martini

Get ready for a flavour explosion with our Nut-tini—a drink that’s all about indulgence without the fuss.

Ingredients:

  • 45 ml wildbrumby Hazelnut Schnapps
  • 45 ml Kosciuszko Vodka

Instructions:

  1. Mix everything in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Give it a good stir until the outside gets all frosty.
  3. Pour it into a super cold Martini Glass.
  4. Finish it with a fancy touch—throw in a toasted hazelnut and a hint of Chocolate Bitters.

Take a sip, enjoy, and let the Hazelnut Martini be your ticket to a new level of yum!


Hazelnut-Ginger Fizz:

Hazelnut-Ginger Fizz

Keep it cool with our Hazelnut-Ginger Fizz—a drink that’s as easy-going as it is delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 45 ml wildbrumby Hazelnut Schnapps
  • Fever Tree Dry Ginger Ale

Instructions:

  1. Pour your wildbrumby Hazelnut Schnapps into a tall glass with ice.
  2. Top it up with Fever Tree Dry Ginger Ale.
  3. Make it look fancy with a slice of orange and a cute cocktail cherry.

Take a sip, feel the fizz, and let the Hazelnut-Ginger Fizz be your go-to for laid-back vibes and tasty sips. Cheers to easy, breezy, and oh-so-delicious drinks!