Masterclass Local

Asia Pacific Distillers Masterclass

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 1st & 2nd April 2022 

By the IBD Asia Pacific Section 

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 1st - 2nd April 2022


Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank, an IHG Hotel

47 City Road #35

Southbank, VIC 3006, Australia

This Asia Pacific Distilling Masterclass event provides professional development and technical knowledge essential to excel in your distilling career.
The Institute of Brewing & Distilling, in partnership with Anne Gigney from The Distillers Institute, is pleased to bring you this Distilling Masterclass event which provides a mix of components from the IBD General Certificate in Distilling with expert speakers and is designed to build your networks, increase your technical knowledge, and give you insight into industry best practice.

The Speakers:

  • James McPherson - Founder and Head Distiller - Jimmy Rum
  • Holly Klintworth - GM and Head Distiller - Bass and Flinders Distillery
  • Cameron McKenzie - Lead Distiller - Four Pillars Gin
  • Dave Withers - Master Distiller - Archie Rose
  • Ian Thorn - IBD Master Distiller and accredited Tutor, Operations Manager - Gospel Distilling Co
  • Paul McLeay - COE - Australian Distillers Association 
  • Troy Trewin - Founder - Grow a Small Business   

The Programme

Running over a compact two days, the event will feature technical elements including distilling technology, chemistry and equipment, expert speakers and insights on business and safety.

Day 1 - Friday 1st April

Day 2 - Saturday 2nd April


Quality management and why it’s important

Guest Distiller

Post distillation control of flavour

Chemistry and why it’s important

Paul McLeay from Australian Distillers


CIP and maintenance

Raw ingredients overview

Getting the business side right

Distillation - technology

IBD qualifications and options

Distillation process – technical

Lunch and Panel discussion – lessons learned

Patient Wolf for drinks

Dinner and drinks at The Distillery

Who is It for?

This event is ideal for distillers looking for some professional development, for those interested to gain an understanding of how IBD qualifications contribute to industry success and for those considering doing the General Certificate. It is designed for people in the industry at all levels of their technical education.

The event is organised by Anne Gigney on behalf of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling and the technical tutor will be Ian Thorn, IBD Asia-Pacific’s technical distilling trainer and IBD Master Distiller, Guests include Paul McLeay and Dave Withers from Archie Rose Distillery as well as former IBD students in Australia.

What is Included in your IBD Masterclass Ticket?

The ticket price includes the course delivery, materials, and catering over the two days and drinks at Patient Wolf with Distiller Dave on Friday afternoon. It will be a great event for both technical development and networking.

Note: Dinner tickets are separate and can be added to the ticket purchase. These are limited due to venue size so suggest you purchase when booking your ticket.

The event is designed to coincide with the ADA Conference taking place from Sunday 3rd April to Tuesday 5th April. Please take advantage of also attending this event if you are able.