Pop-up bars are no stranger to Melbourne's streets — but none deliver a message quite as blatant as Trash Tiki. It's operating waste-free and travelling the world showing customers and bar owners how to do it too.
In the hopes of drawing attention to over-consumption and single-use ingredients in the craft cocktail industry today, UK bartenders Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths have designed the pop-up to be a launchpad for a conversation on waste.
After a brief stint in Sydney last year, Trash Tiki will set up at The Beaufort for a whole two weeks from January 22 to February 3. The drinks selection will be themed around junk, including Young Henrys Junk Ale — it's a brown ale made from spent and surplus malt, mash and hops from other brews that are usually put straight in the bin. Also on offer: Tiki cocktails, plus their Citrus Off Cut Soda with bush honey and eucalyptus, as made in collaboration with Sydney's PS40 bar.
Melbourne is the 27th stop for the globe-trotting pop-up. It's travelled Europe, Asia, South America and the US, with plans to head to Brisbane too. During their stay, the gang won't just be whipping up zero-waste drinks, but also throwing punk karaoke and trivia nights and hosting a kitchen takeover by Smith & Daughters' Shannon Martinez, as well as an all-day and -night Hottest 100 party and a hip hop-fuelled sustainable wine night with the Bar Liberty crew.