MEDIA RELEASE – FOSSEY’S DISTILLERY WINS NINE MEDALS

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Media Release - Fossey's Distillery wins NINE MEDALS

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On Friday October 1st The Australian Gin Awards released the results of their 2021 competition with Mildura’s very own Fossey’s Distillery bringing home 9 medals, including two GOLD MEDALS for their Navel Strength Gin and Navel Strength Gin Barrel Aged in Chardonnay.

Owner of Fossey’s Distillery Steve Timmis is absolutely thrilled with this year’s results.

“It’s amazing that this competition was able to go ahead at all this year. With ongoing border and lockdown issues and product coming in from all around Australia, and back out again to judges who had to do their tastings and scoring remotely this year, it was quite the effort.”

The Australian Gin Awards once again saw distilleries from all across the nation enter their products in the biggest Gin awards competition in Australia.

“The Australian Spirits industry is a fantastic thing to be apart of. Every year the industry grows, evolves and gets stronger in product development, quality and of course personality. We’re all mates in the distilling field, and it’s one of the most positive and supportive industries to be a part of. There’s a lot of big players in Australia with world renowned products so to go up against them in a competition such as this is always a bit daunting.”

During the Victorian lockdowns of 2020, Fossey’s Distillery undertook a “Covid Project” developing a Barrel Aged Gin Collection by taking a range of their Gin’s and aging them for various lengths of time in different types of barrel’s.

“This was a fantastic project for our distilling team to undertake during the lockdowns last year. It was something fun to do amongst all that was going on at the time, and to walk away with awards for 3 of these in particular has been truly rewarding.”

“We always talk about our Navel Strength Gin being our pride and joy,” continued Steve “so there was no question about including it in our Barrel Aged Gin collection. We let the Gin rest on an ex Chardonnay Barrel from the Barossa Valley and what we were left with is what we describe as a ‘little glass of sunshine’. We also teamed up with local winery Chalmer’s Estate and aged our Original Gin on their Aglianico Rose´ barrel. This is also one of our favourites too and we loved collaborating with the Chalmers crew, so we were absolutely stoked to receive a bronze medal for this one.”

In addition to the two Gold medals for their Navel Strength Gin’s, Fossey’s Distillery also took home Silver Medals for their Original Gin Barrel Aged on Redgum Rum, Shiraz Gin Barrel Aged on Shiraz and Shiraz Gin, plus Bronze Medals being awarded for the Original Gin Elixir, Original Gin Barrel Aged on Aglianico Rose, Frontignac and Kaffir Leaf Gin’s as well.

Fossey’s Distillery like all hospitality and tourism venues, has been at the mercy of ongoing Covid lockdowns and restrictions for the last 18 months and have one very simple message for everyone out there.

“Buy local, and buy direct.” says Steve.

“It doesn’t have to be from us, but locally whether that be in your own town or within Australia, we are all so spoilt for choice when it comes to high quality products. And buy direct. If you can order from a restaurant directly or from a producer or makers website rather than a third party platform, trust us, it will make their day.”

Fossey’s Distillery is now open again for patrons from 2pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 110 Eighth Street Mildura, or purchases can be made directly from their website with shipping Australia wide.  

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Media Contact: Cherie Gowers 0438512336 cherie@fosseysgin.com.au

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Best Places to Eat in Mildura

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Did you know your favourite distillery is now serving food?

And not just any food.

Glorious, funky & fabulous food!

Fossey’s is now one of the best places to eat in Mildura and of course, we would argue the number 1 on the best places to eat in Mildura list. 

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Whisky Wine & Fire

Whisky, Wine & Fire
Fossey’s Distillery is proud to present Whisky, Wine & Fire.
Enjoy a discovery of premium world whiskies and a 6 course degustation dinner as Fossey’s Distillery celebrates World Whisky Day.
Cleansing ales and wine also included.
THE FINER DETAILS

Where: Fossey’s Distillery Laneway
When: Saturday May 15th 2021
Time: 6pm

Easter Sunday at Fossey’s

Open every single day over the Easter weekend, bring friends, family and your fabulous selves and enjoy all of your Fossey’s
favourites from Thursday til Monday over Easter.
There’ll be live music EVERY DAY
Easter cocktails EVERY DAY
Delicious food EVERY DAY
Open from 12pm EVERY DAY

And live gin distillation, you guessed it, EVERY DAY!!!
Easter Sunday live music will be Iwan & Andrea!

To book your table call 03 5022 8290

Easter Saturday at Fossey’s

Open every single day over the Easter weekend, bring friends, family and your fabulous selves and enjoy all of your Fossey’s
favourites from Thursday til Monday over Easter.
There’ll be live music EVERY DAY
Easter cocktails EVERY DAY
Delicious food EVERY DAY
Open from 12pm EVERY DAY

And live gin distillation, you guessed it, EVERY DAY!!!
Easter Saturday live music will be Old Dogs!

To book your table call 03 5022 8290

Easter at Fossey’s

Open every single day over the Easter weekend, bring friends, family and your fabulous selves and enjoy all of your Fossey’s favourites from Thursday til Monday over Easter. 

There’ll be live music EVERY DAY

Easter cocktails EVERY DAY

Delicious food EVERY DAY

Open from 12pm EVERY DAY

And live gin distillation, you guessed it, EVERY DAY!!!

Our fabulous line up of local live music every single day!Thursday: Tyler Ball

Friday: Tiny Feet

Saturday: Old Dogs

Sunday: Iwan & Andrea

Monday: Penn & Natalija

What better way to enjoy an Easter in Mildura than at Fossey’s Distillery.

Come see what all the Foss is about.

For bookings please call 50 228 290

What’s on in Mildura this weekend?

Steve Timmis Head Distiller at Fossey's gin in the Distillery at Mildura

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The Sunraysia Farmers Market is on again! 

The thriving town of Mildura is alive again this weekend after the 5 day circuit breaker lockdown putting last weekends plans on hold. 

The Sunraysia Farmers Market is on this Saturday 20th February from 8am to noon! 

Get amongst it and enjoy the beautiful weather Mildura has to offer, the local produce and the smiling Sunraysia folk who just love being a part of a connected community. 

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Crafted by Mildura – Taste Better Walk 2021

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The Crafted by Mildura – Taste Better Walk is back for 2021! ??

Launched in 2020, this exciting event is returning, bigger and better to Mildura this Labour Day long weekend. Bringing together some of the Mildura region’s premium food, wine, beer and gin at a range of iconic Mildura venues. Add some live music to the mix and you’ve got yourself the perfect Sunday afternoon!

Participants will be walking from venue to venue in groups of up to 25, each with their own ‘Tour Guide’ and all starting at a different location. You will stay with the same group all day, so gather your mates and book together.

Venues will be within walking distance and will host a different winery or distillery paired with delicious locally inspired food by a range of local caterers and chefs – aiming to offer a unique Mildura experience. More details to be released soon, stay tuned!

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The Fascinating Evolution of Fossey’s Distillery

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Tuesday 19th of January is a big day for Fossey’s!

It is our 4th birthday! And what a 4 years it has been. For those who do not know the story on how Fossey’s was born, here is a small snippet of how it has evolved into a household name in the Sunraysia area and become one of TripAdviser’s highest ranked tourist attraction’s in Mildura! Not to mention, the well-known & recognised Australian distillery trailblazers.

Let’s go back to 2016.

Never being afraid of a challenge is something Steve Timmis, Head Distiller at Fossey’s Distillery is well known for.

And the evolution of Fossey’s has certainly been a challenge.

Steve and his wife, Nadine who is better known as Eddie by her friends & family, bought The Settlers Club around 6 years ago. Known for biting off more than they can chew & then chewing like crazy, this was no different. They were also building their house and renovating another pub at the same time. Or as Steve colourfully described it “that was some sh*t show”.

Originally, Steve had the lightweight idea to make a distillery for whisky. It was going to be more of a lifestyle business with distilling only being done 1 day per week. But the gin gods had other ideas and whilst researching the different spirits he could potentially make, he realised gin was something that could be done whilst he was waiting for the whisky to mature.

Once he made the decision to open a gin distillery, people started looking at him like he had gone a little mad or perhaps drunk too much of his own spirits. There were many who could not see the potential in gin distilling 5 years ago and they made no secret of their doubts. They asked him “what are you doing? And loudly declared “no one drinks gin in this town!”

And perhaps they were right 5 years ago.

But if they did not then, they certainly do now.

Like he normally does, Steve didn’t listen to anyone and got started on the onerous process to make the distillery come to fruition, applying for all the government licences. He had many hurdles to jump because local council, state and federal governments have processes for distilleries to be approved. And of course, he could not start building the still until all the approvals and licences were in place. But once all those boxes were ticked, helped by his son, Adam, Steve got to building the “Stanley the Still”! Once that had been completed, Steve spent 3 months in the still by himself doing the research and development, to get the process right to produce the high-quality gin we know as Fossey’s today!

1 year after giving birth to the idea of creating Mildura’s very first distillery, Fossey’s Ginporium opened with the 4 core products: Naval, Original, Desert Lime & Pepperberry. Pepperberry has since been swapped out for the hugely popular and locally sourced Shiraz.

In the beginning, the Ginporium was open 1 day per week and as it took hold and demand increased, Steve quickly realised he needed to open more. Around this time, another realisation hit. He could not continue to be a one-man band. He had to find some help with the bottling, distilling, labelling, serving etc.

Fossey’s is truly a family owned and run business with all the clan stepping up to offer their talents.

Eddie created the delicious Gin Jam and makes the Christmas pudding which is used to steep the gin in for Fossey’s hugely popular seasonal Christmas Pudding Gin. She is also wonderful with the décor and anything needing to be aesthetically pleasing such for markets and any events. Eddie can be found serving customers in the distillery or just helping whenever needed.  Steve’s motto is “there are no free rides here” so everyone must roll up their sleeves and pitch in when needed. The whole family believe and live by the same thing.

Steve & Eddie’s daughter, Cherie, was starting to transition from being full time mum to working more on the family business. She took on branding & promotion on social media. Her sister-in-law, Kylie Norton, incredibly talented, graphic designer, took on the job of branding and creating all the amazing images we now associate with Fossey’s. Eventually she took on the role of managing the bar, staff, rosters, payroll and according to Steve generally “muscling” him out.

Today, there are 3 female distillers – Tash, Bonnie & April – employed by Fossey’s. Female distillers are something of a rarity in the distilling industry & Fossey’s are proud to be somewhat trailblazers in this regard.

April is Fossey’s newest distiller and Steve’s niece who he lovingly refers to as “Da-Niece” and she lovingly refers to him as “Drunk-le”. As you can imagine, no offence is intended nor taken.

4 years on, Fossey’s has evolved from being a “lifestyle business” to a tourist attraction that locals are proud of. So much for “no one drinks gin in this town!” Fossey’s online presence and sales have grown to such a point as we require a distribution centre to handle all the online orders.

We are also staunch believers in supporting local wherever possible. Over the last 12 months, Fossey’s has sourced everything from the Sunrayisa area except Juniper berries. They are one of the only things that cannot be sourced here because of the climate. Fossey’s import the berries from Ludlow in the UK.

It is a source of pride to our head distiller, Steve, and all the Fossey’s family that out of a glass of gin, 99% of its ingredients are sourced from Sunraysia.

Here’s to another wildly successful 4 years! We look forward to taking the Fossey’s brand into different distillery realms and already have many exciting things planned for the not-too-distant future.

Happy 4th birthday, Fossey’s!

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