Long-time beer drinker Ross Lewis casts his eye over drinks from here and abroad.
Gin is in. At least that’s the trend in plenty of bars around the country. And it is the new generation driving the increase in demand.
Indeed, Gin has become the spirit du jour for many, replacing the penchant for vodka that had been favoured for the past decade.
According to recent Roy Morgan research the number of adult Australians who drank gin during a four-week period grew 50 per cent from 636,000 in 2009 to 947,000 last year, with the rise almost the same among both sexes.
The increase for 18 to 24-year-olds and 25 to 34 was about 92 per cent over the same period.
The team at West Winds Gin from Margaret River are at the forefront of the gin revolution.
West Winds have claimed several awards for their products and their new tipple, The Broadside, has been released to coincide with the celebrations around World Gin Day last Saturday.
In keeping with the nautical-themed name, The Broadside has been made in recognition of those brave men who fought the seas in search of new lands and adventure.
At 58 per cent ABV, it makes the punch of a cannon but that isn’t a problem for today’s Gin drinkers.
There is a taste of Australian sea parsley and some Margaret River sea salt to go with the lemon notes and juniper in flavour.
The Broadside is at six bars in Perth but also has a national distribution.