Rosebery's new foodie precinct Saporium is attempting to bridge the gap between creator and consumer with their marketplace concept, providing a home for artisan butchers, greengrocers, bakers — everyone shy of the candlestick makers, really — and from November 26, they're opening their arms to The Drink Hive, an artisanal bottle shop.
The brainchild of Grégoire Bertaud, Mal Higgs and Angus Farrell, The Drink Hive has a clear, noble aim (other than the obvious selling of booze) to bring quality craft and artisanal products to the thirsty punters in a sustainable manner, and at a decent price. Higgs and Bertaud, the official co-owners of the shop, will be working closely with various producers to ensure that this goal is met.
Sustainability is key for Higgs and Bertaud, who will have the option of a refillable beer and wine station. While refillable growlers for beers have been around for a while, the rotating variety of beers available for refill will be strong, and it's the first time that wine will be offered to the punter in this way. However, word on the street is that, no, the refills are not free.
The vibe at Saporium is one of a local produce-focused marketplace that brings sustainable eating, organic ingredients and local business together in one place. Together with their weekly markets, Saporium also offer masterclasses with VIVE Cooking School, which focus on the core principles of the market. The Drink Hive slots right into this niche, as Bertaud says that he's "excited to offer Sydney a local and sustainable approach to craft alcohol products at a price affordable to everyone."
The move towards sustainable food production has been gathering intense momentum in the past few years, with consumers becoming more and more conscious of how their being alive affects the planet. With the opening of The Drink Hive, punters are now able to enjoy booze that is both tasty and sustainable, which really is the dream.
Find The Drink Hive inside Saporium, 61 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery from November 26.