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CAPI Better Together Pack: East Coast Highballs

One’s blue, one’s maroon, but when it comes to our northern cousins, we’ve always been (and always will be) better together. That’s why we’re matching some of their craftiest spirits with some of our proudly Victorian Soda+ mixers. Raising a glass to interstate mateship.

In every Highball Pack we’ve perfectly matched our CAPI Soda+ mixers to some of Queensland and NSW’s top-shelf spirits. Herbaceous and citrus notes to complement the most complex flavour profiles. Just add your spirit, ice, Soda+ and garnish and you’re good to go. Perfect highballs setting the scene for a stunning summer.


Which Victorian distillers can I buy a kit from? 

 




Brookie's

 



Tell us about your brand/product? How is it made, how do you source the materials? What makes you guys different from the rest? 

Brookie’s Gin is created at Cape Byron Distillery, located in the hinterland of Byron Bay, in Northern NSW. Set in the heart of the Brook Family’s Macadamia Farm and surrounded by sub-tropical rainforest. the rainforest has been regenerated with over 40,000 trees planted since the Brook family purchased the property over 30 years ago.

It is this unique rainforest where many of the botanicals are sourced to create Brookie’s Byron Gin. We use a combination of 17 native ingredients from the subtropical region of the Northern Rivers region in including Macadamia, anise myrtle, cinnamon myrtle, lilly pilly, native raspberry and native ginger to name a few.

Cape Byron Distillery was Co-founded by the Brook family and master distiller and industry legend Jim McEwan.


What does it mean to be Australian to you? 

There are many elements that contribute to being Australian, the location and ownership of the business, the employees, where the ingredients are sourced from and how they are sourced, the style and flavours of the products celebrate native Australian produce and the Australian climate and location, being an active part of the Australian distilling community. Conscious of our environment.

 
What are some of your favourite bars and restaurants in your city/state?

There a few great locals in Byron to mention – Light Years restaurant, Super Natural, Barrio, Rae’s at Wategos, Harvest in Newry Bar, Three Blue Ducks.


Brix Distillers


 

 

 

 

Tell us about your product? How is it made, how do you source the materials? What makes you guys a bit different?

Our rums vary in style and they all can be used in a variety of ways. We do our best to source ingredients & barrels locally and get to know the people we buy from so we know exactly what we are using. We branch out a bit with small-batch releases using unusual and unique ingredients that show how versatile and playful rum can be.

Brix White is made using premium molasses from QLD sugar refineries. Our Head Distiller Shane Casey has set out to produce a white rum that shows amazing character and reflects the best of Australia's sugar canefields. Very different from other white rums & an awesome cocktail mixer.

Brix Gold Rum is a delicious and unique blend of 5-year-old & 8-year-old bourbon barrel-aged rums that makes the ultimate Rum Old Fashioned or even just as a great sipper.

Brix Spiced Rum infuses some amazing local ingredients like Native Lemongrass, Native Bush Currants, mango, macadamia & Aussie grown grapefruits and can be teamed up with citrus or fruity flavours or matched with nuttiness, chocolate or coffee. So bloody good! 



What does it mean to be Australian to you?

For me, being Australian is about looking at life through a positive & open set of eyes, (whilst also having the ability to laugh at yourself every now and then when you fuck up). To have an Australian rum brand that challenges the norm and does its best to represent a new and forward-thinking type of rum drinker is a great feeling, but we have a good laugh too...



What are some of your favourite bars and restaurants in your city?

Apart from the Thai joint that I frequent every Thursday night for a cheeky Pad See Ew with chicken and tofu after finishing work? I like to keep it local and casual so I love the Strawberry Hills Hotel for a few drinks on a Sunday arvo, 4 Pines Burger Bar in Surry Hills does a great burger & boilermaker, one metre pizza at Via Napoli or Chin Chin's Feed Me menu for a good night out with mates. For more rum related expeditions, I can's go past Lobo or Jacoby's for cocktails and their amazing rum selections.

 

The Farmer's Wife

 

 

 

Tell us about your brand/product? How is it made, how do you source the materials? What makes you guys different from the rest?

Living in the country and from 3rd generation farmers, we were inspired to share our love of country life and our passion for creating something unique. 

We are committed to making gin the way gin used to be made; by a one shot distillation in a traditional copper pot still. We rest our botanicals on the finest quality neutral Australian sugar cane spirit. This spirit provides a clean blank canvas upon which the Farmer’s Wife can weave her botanical magic. Native sage, myrtles and pepperberry along with our signature native sugar bag honey bestow their magic upon this gin, layering each sip with a refined local flavour.

The rare sugar bag honey is produced in small quantities by Australian native stingless bees. This inscribes a unique citrus sweetness that, when distilled using a traditional copper pot, still delivers a softness and depth to the gin. 

 

 

What does it mean to be Australian to you?

Being Australian to us means giving everyone a fair go, being inclusive and having gratitude for the opportunities this amazing country provides us.

  

 

What are some of your favourite bars and restaurants in your city/state?

Too many to mention…


Volando Tequila   

 

 

 

 

Tell us about your Tequila? How is it made, how do you source the materials? What makes you guys different from the rest?

Volando Tequila is new age Tequila. The days of lip, sip, suck and shooting cheaper Tequilas are behind us, even in this country.

We have such a sophisticated cocktail drinking culture and are extremely health conscious, so when it's time to let the hair down, why not with a quality, premium Tequila, that has no additives and no depressant values - unlike any other spirit.

We partnered with a smaller, boutique distiller in Jalisco, Mexico. This allowed us to spend a lot of time developing profiles best suited to the Australian market; smooth on first sip, and better each time. We knew we needed something special to be well received here in Australia. We know if we can do it right here then we can do it anywhere else in the world. The only things you are allowed by law to do to alter the profile of Tequila is charcoal filtration, add oxygen and water - we do all three. With our unique combination perfected, we believe we have one of the very best Blanco products on the market, and our aged profiles only get better and are all deliberately made for the moment.



What does it mean to be Australian to you?

We have both represented our country on domestic and international level in our own sporting professions, so coming from "down under’’ brings us a lot of patriotic pride and joy. To be the only 100% Australian owned Tequila company gives us great pride but also great responsibility to ensure we do represent our great country well.

 

What are some of your favourite bars and restaurants in QLD?

Such a difficult question to answer as there is such diversity and uniqueness to so many amazing venues and venue owners across SEQ. 

Here are our top 10...


Sum Young Guys – Sunrise Beach
Village Bike – Noosa
Juan Fifty – Mooloolaba
Maya Mexican – Brisbane
Mr.Percivals – Brisbane
Burleigh Pavillion - GC
Edgewater - GC
Boardwalk Tav - GC
Loose Moose - GC
Nineteen Star Casino - GC