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Alongside Ambleside

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by Tema (subscribe)
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Published May 14th 2020
Photography by Lewis Potter

As you drive through the lush archway of trees that welcome you into the beautiful little town of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, you can't miss the Gin legends Ambleside Distillery, who have been well-known for their award-winning Gins and stellar Gin-tasting experiences.

Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 chaos that is finally starting to ease up on our lives, Ambleside Distillery has joined forces with a range of Adelaide's favourite inner-city bars to take you on a cocktail tour of the city - all from the comfort of your own home.

Aptly naming their new venture Alongside Ambleside, customers will be treated to a one-of-a-kind experience through a premium range of six pre-batched cocktails that have been carefully curated by Roxies, Bank Street Social, Hains and Co., and Midnight Spaghetti, along with Ambleside's own clever concoction.

Bringing the good stuff straight to your door via contactless delivery, Alongside Ambleside has been put together to provide some relief to businesses that have been affected by the restrictions placed on them due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, once the panic and grief were acknowledged and the situation was assessed, Ambleside Distillery decided to put their game face on and face this adversity with a stride that would inspire other businesses to collaborate and create something to not only keep their businesses afloat but also offer something to customers who were struggling to deal with the forced #ISO mode that we all quickly found ourselves in.

Photography by Lewis Potter

While it's been a challenging year so far for many small businesses (particularly in the Adelaide Hills, who have dealt with a horrific aftermath of the December 2019 bushfires), co-founder and distillery of Ambleside Distillery Matt Dickson wanted to help out the venues who were kind towards their brand and shared their passion in a bottle with their patrons far and wide.

I just thought taking pre-batched cocktails to the next level and promoting collaboration through our industry, from supplier to the guys that serve our booze in bars, was a great way to build some morale... and hopefully inject a little bit of revenue into venues that had just been shut down. I mean it's great that Australia acted fast and hard so that we are in a good position health-wise nationally now, but at the time it was a pretty daunting thing to face.
Matt Dickson

While pre-mixed cocktails are not a new source of entertainment, the innovative concept focuses more on collaborating with local legends who have been severely impacted by the recent state-wide and global events that have left them struggling financially to operate smoothly in the current climate. With Ambleside Distillery providing the bottling to venues, local designer Black Squid has worked hard in creating a label that brings a cohesive look and feel to the overall packaging.

Alongside Ambleside boasts of an eclectic collection of pre-mixed cocktails, including an 'Elder Fashion' from Bank St Social, 'Gin Sour' from Midnight Spaghetti, The Ambleside (grapefruit and sherbert), 'Clarified Gin Milk Punch' from Hains & Co., and a 'Rose Negroni' and an 'Espresso Martini' from Ambleside Distillery.

You can buy them individually (with a minimum purchase of two bottles) or if you want to go all out, get the entire range via the link below, with pickup available from the Distillery in its Hahndorf location or :

Photography by Lewis Potter

With thanks to Pendle To Paper for the information and images.
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Why? Suport local by enjoying a cocktail feast by some of the finest in the industry.
When: Whenever you wish
Phone: 0408 834 010
Where: From the comfort of your own home
Cost: $18-$22
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