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Australian Distilleries Are Auctioning Off Rare and Limited-Edition Spirits for Bushfire and Drought Relief

More than 100 distilleries have donated over 200 bottles — including companies like Four Pillars, Starward and Archie Rose.
By Sarah Ward
February 16, 2020
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Australian Distilleries Are Auctioning Off Rare and Limited-Edition Spirits for Bushfire and Drought Relief

More than 100 distilleries have donated over 200 bottles — including companies like Four Pillars, Starward and Archie Rose.
By Sarah Ward
February 16, 2020
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It has been a tough summer in Australia, with bushfires raging across the country and ongoing drought still taking its toll. In response to these disasters, it's been a summer filled with Aussie spirit, too — as the country rallies together to do whatever it can to support those affected, as well as the volunteer firefighters battling the blazes.

Trust Australia's distillers to take the whole Aussie spirit concept literally, though. Making Aussie spirits is their job, so they're banding together to donate some of that local booze to a great cause. That's what the Aussie Spirit Auction is all about — selling off Australian-made gins, rums, vodkas, whiskies and whiskeys, moonshine and other liqueurs, and giving all the proceeds to Rural Aid's bushfire and drought relief efforts.

More than 100 Aussie distilleries are taking part, including big names such as Four Pillars, Starward, Archie Rose and Brookie's Gin. Together, they've donated more than 200 bottles, including many that are rare, limited edition or simply can't be bought in stores. A number of experiences, such as distillery tours, are also on offer, as are fine art prints of distilleries if you need something for your wall.

There are two ways to take part, stock up your liquor cabinet and help those in need: a physical auction and gala in Sydney on Friday, February 28, and an online auction that's currently underway online until the same date. For those thinking about attending in person, your  $120 ticket will also be donated to Rural Aid, and you'll also eat your way through a three-course dinner, drink plenty of craft spirits and get the chance to bid on the auction's top 12 items. There'll also be a pop-up bar onsite showcasing distilleries from bushfire-affected regions, including WildBrumby, Karu, Reed & Co, Corowa, Craft Works and Joadja.

5Nines Distilling, Richard Lyons

Online, current bids range from reasonable to hefty, depending on the brand and the item on offer. And, if you're eager to help but aren't interested in the booze, you can also simply donate without bidding.

Plus, you can bid on a brand new whisky that's being made especially for the occasion — called 'the Aussie Spirit', naturally.

The Aussie Spirit Auction is currently underway online, with bids accepted until 10pm AEDT on Friday, February 28. The live auction and gala takes place in Sydney on the same date — at Dockside, 2 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour — with tickets on sale now.

Top image: Archie Rose Distilling Co.

Published on February 16, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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