Friendship... more than just sharing a dram

October 2, 2015

This week has been all about friendship at Joadja. As a family owned business, we value a sense of community and have had our fair share of the feeling these past few weeks. We made some new friends in the Australian Spirits world, met a great bunch of motorhome enthusiasts that gave us an encouraging review, and are keen to meet some new friends this Saturday at the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival.


 Emily and David were able to visit two very cool Sydney based businesses this week and we are happy to share a word or two about what they do and why we think they are super cool.


The Oak Barrel:

Last Friday we visited The Oak Barrel on Elizabeth Street in the city. This place is way more than a bottle shop. These guys are wine, beer and spirits fanatics… well it seems they are obsessed with quality Alcohol in general. They have a fantastic selection of both international and Australian products for sale, and the staff have a wealth of knowledge. We stopped by to sign up as members, to say hi and to buy a wee cheeky bottle of Scotch to share with family after dinner. The guys at The Oak Barrel have a fantastic membership deal, and we highly recommend anyone living or regularly passing through Sydney to sign up. It’s a one off $25 membership fee and you get enough discounts to pay the membership fee off in no time!! Seems like a pretty good deal to us. They also host fantastic events like the Spirits Fair coming up in November and many tasting sessions and classes, to which they also have member prices for.  We’d like to thank Scott at The Oak Barrel for taking the time to meet us, and we look forward to attending the Spirits Fair. Follow the link below to learn more about The Oak Barrel:


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Archie Rose Disitlling Co.:

This Thursday we had the absolute pleasure of visiting Archie Rose Distilling Co. in Rosebery. Run with pure passion and talent, this place is a Spirits oasis in the centre of suburbia. Any local Sydney sider with a passion for spirits is missing out if they haven’t been to Archie Rose yet. Not only are the staff incredibly laid back and welcoming, their products are full of flavor and their bar is full of Australian spirits. Of course, we do recommend going straight for their product first, they put a lot of care into how they present and share it. Emily fell in love with their Signature Dry Gin and David couldn’t get enough of their White Rye. The tour with Lachie was fun, laid back and full of flavor. The beautiful thing about this tour is you get to see the boys at work and get to smell and taste the whole way through to the end… where you get to taste some more! We’d like to thank Will and the team at Archie Rose for having us over for a chat and some tastings. We are so excited with what you have created and recommend you to all, with no hesitation. Follow the link below to learn more about Archie Rose:


Imotorhome Magazine:

A few weeks ago we had Richard and Kelsie from Imotorhome Magazine and their motorhome friends set up camp and dine with us at Joadja Distillery for a whole weekend for their annual get together. They wrote a 10 page fantastic review in their Imotorhome magazine and have a picture of our cheeky highland steers on their front cover!! We are so glad they enjoyed their time at Joadja and we are glad to have them back next year. If you wish to read the review, please follow the link below to visit their website and download the magazine for free! Our review starts page 54, but they have some fantastic motorhome tips and journeys throughout, that are well worth the read. Thank you to the Imotorhome group for being a lovely bunch of guests and thank you for your support.



Don’t forget we are open to private tour bookings such as above and can tailor to suit your needs in any way we can. Just contact us via e-mail to enquire. Terms and conditions apply.



Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival:

This Saturday 3rd October Emily and Elisa are manning the Joadja Cluster stall at the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival with Brigid (The Loch). Come along to learn a bit more about the Joadja Cluster and to ask questions about the local producers involved. The festival runs on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th from 10am – 4pm, we hope you can make it!


Until next time!!


Joadja crew



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