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All three sessions for Sydney whisky Fair 2019 have now sold out – thank you.

We here at The Oak Barrel are incredibly appreciative of your ongoing support and passion for whisky, not only in 2019 but in all of the previous years of Sydney Whisky Fair and generally throughout the year. 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of Whisky Fair and we’re excited to share a host of new and rare whiskies during our event in a few weeks.

To keep up to date with the drams that will be on showcase, head over to our Confirmed Whiskies page for distillery names before we reveal the full line-up of drams closer to the event.

 


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The final allocation of tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair are now on sale and open to the general public.

The Oak Barrel member pre-sales have now been completed, you are now able to purchase both Members and Guest tickets – and you can now purchase tickets for friends and family as well.

GET TICKETS HERE

Oak Barrel members will need to log in to their account on the Oak Barrel website in order to purchase tickets at members’ prices.

There is a limit of one members’ ticket per paid-up Oak Barrel membership. So if you want to come with a group of friends (and they’re not already members) please be aware that they require guest tickets!

This is the last allocation of tickets to the 2019 Sydney Whisky Fair, the 10th Anniversary celebration.


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The final allocation of tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair are now on sale, with tickets available to Oak Barrel members for 24-hours.

During the 24-hour pre-sale members will be able to purchase one ticket each, meaning each member must log in individually. We do this to ensure that every member gets a fair and ample chance to access tickets to Australia’s most in-demand whisky event.

Following the 24-hour pre-sale period, tickets remaining from the first release will be opened up to the general public – 11am Thursday 20 June.

FIND TICKETS

Oak Barrel members will need to log in to their account on the Oak Barrel website in order to purchase members tickets.

There is a limit of one members’ ticket per paid-up Oak Barrel membership. So if you want to come with a group of friends (and they’re not already members) please be aware that they require guest tickets!

This is the last allocation of tickets to the 2019 Sydney Whisky Fair, the 10th Anniversary celebration.


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The historic Australian Hall will be the location for the tenth anniversary of The Oak Barrel’s Sydney Whisky Fair 2019.

With the first release of tickets promptly selling out earlier this week, we are delighted to confirm that the event will return to the Hall – located directly above The Oak Barrel – for the Friday 30-Saturday 31 August event.

FIND WHISKY FAIR TICKETS HERE

It will be the third time that Whisky Fair will have been held in this largely unknown piece of Sydney history, with the 2014 and 2017 events being held there. Not always available, due to tenants, repairs etc., Australia Hall gives us the opportunity to present a more open, spacious event. While we love the intimate, house party nature of the Cellar Room and Warehouse space, the ability to also allow more exhibitors in to showcase is a deciding factor.

Capacity for the event will subsequently be increased, although the strict ratio of attendees-to-whisky stalls will be kept intact. We’re passionate about making Whisky Fair as user-friendly as possible, so that you can ask the questions to want to ask and spend the time with distillers you want to spend.

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Australia Hall is in the same building as The Oak Barrel and entry and exit to the event will still be through The Oak Barrel bottle store.

Located at 150-152 Elizabeth St, the structure in which The Oak Barrel (ground floor) is located was built in the early 1910s, with Australia Hall added in the 1920s. An important building in Sydney’s history, it has long been a meeting place for diverse groups of Sydney’s communities – from indigenous Australians to German migrants, Christian societies and Greek Cypriots clubs. The indigenous community have a strong association to the building as the site of the Day of Mourning. It was added to the Australia Heritage Database in 2008.

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Tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair’s tenth anniversary event are on sale now.

Whisky Fair 2019 Sessions

Session 1: Friday 30 August, 5pm-8pm
Session 2: Saturday 31 August, 1pm-4pm
Session 3: Saturday 31 August, 5.30pm-8.30pm


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The first release of tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair 2019 have sold out, 24 hours after tickets were released to the general public.

The second and final release of tickets will be issued Wednesday 19 June at 11am. Once again, Oak Barrel members will receive a 24-hour pre-sale window before any remaining tickets are released to the general public Thursday 20 June at 11am.

Tickets sold at record speed in 2019, particularly in the first hour of the pre-sale with 25% of the event’s overall capacity snapped up almost instantaneously. This is despite a slightly increased capacity from last year, thanks to an increased number of whisky exhibitors.

Further details on the event, including confirmed exhibitors, will be released in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to WhiskyFair.com.au.

TICKET DETAILS HERE


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The first release of tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair 2019 are on sale now, with the general public release now live.

The Oak Barrel members’ pre-sale began 11am Tuesday 11 June, with the general release beginning 11am Wednesday 12 June.

FIND TICKETS HERE


UPDATES

11/06/19 11.52am: Sydney Whisky Fair tickets have sold at record speed again in 2019, with approximately 25% of the entire event capacity selling within the first hour of pre-sale. What makes that even more noteworthy is that during this members’ pre-sale, tickets were limited to one-per-member in an attempt to slow down sales.

12/06/19 10.17am: More than half of the allocation for the first release has sold during the members’ pre-sale ahead of the general release at 11am.


During the 24-hour pre-sale, Oak Barrel members must log into their account at OakBarrel.com.au to access the tickets. If you are not logged in under your active members account, you will not be able to view the tickets. Pre-sale tickets are limited to one-per-member. Therefore, each member must log in individually to secure their ticket. This is to ensure that all members can a fair opportunity to secure tickets to the Fair, which has sold out for the past seven years.

Once the pre-sale has elapsed, you will be able to purchase multiple tickets during the general release from Wednesday 12 June. Members should still log-in to receive their discounted ticket price.

For further details head to the tickets page or contact us.


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With tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair 2019 set to go on sale next week, we thought we’d reveal a few more exhibitors for the 10th anniversary event.

It’s a veritable Tasmanian invasion in this announcement with some familiar names and Whisky Fair firstcomers from the apple isle. Having sampled their wares in recent visits down south, we’re happy to welcome Hobart Distillery and Spring Bay to Fair for their visits. We’ll also have the current distillers from Lark, Overeem and Nant on board and the always-welcome Belgrove with some innovative rye creations.

Further distilleries, from Australia and the world, will be announced over the coming weeks. Make sure you’re ready for when tickets go on sale.

Second Distillery Announcement

Belgrove (TAS, new releases)
Hobart (TAS, first appearance)
Lark
(TAS, new releases)
Nant
(TAS, first appearance for five years)
Overeem
(TAS, new releases)
Spring Bay
(TAS, first appearance)

They join the previously announced Australian distillers:

Corowa (NSW, first appearance)
Fleurieu (SA, 2019 Australian Champion Whisky)
Iniquity (SA, new releases)
Joadja (NSW, first appearance)
Timboon (VIC, new releases)


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The first release of tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair 10th Anniversary 2019 will go on sale at 11am Tuesday 11 June.

As per tradition, the first 24 hours will be an exclusive pre-sale to Oak Barrel members.

During the 24-hour pre-sale members will be able to purchase one ticket each, meaning each member must log in individually. We do this to ensure that every member gets a fair and ample chance to access tickets to Australia’s most in-demand whisky event.

Following the 24-hour pre-sale period, tickets remaining from the first release will be opened up to the general public.

Please note, tickets are not available in-store or over the phone, they will be sold online only.

The 2019 Sydney Whisky Fair Sessions are as follows:

Session 1: Friday 30 August, 5pm-8pm
Session 2: Saturday 31 August, 1pm-4pm
Session 3: Saturday 31 August, 5.30pm-8.30pm

Members Tickets: $100
Guest Tickets: $120

Ticket links will go live here when the first release launches.

We are an independent, family owned bottle store with a CBD location and a small staff that regularly give the impression of a much bigger company. We love what we do and are mindful that it’s not possible without the support of our customers and members, who support us throughout the year in store and at our weekly tastings.

A 24-hour pre-sale window for our biggest event of the year is a small way to say thanks for 63 years of The Oak Barrel.

I’m A Member, How Do I Access The Pre-Sale?

To access tickets as a member, you need to log into to your account at oakbarrel.com.au and access the ticket page here.

Please note, Oak Barrel membership involves registering an account and paying the $25 fee. Membership grants you 10% off the store all year round (both online and in the physical store), discounts to events, exclusive products and pre-sales to things like Whisky Fair.

If you are not sure whether your membership is activated or are having trouble logging in, please contact us for clarification.

We strongly advise making sure you can log into your account before tickets go on sale, as there may be delays in responding to requests during the high traffic periods.

Can I Buy Tickets For My Mates?

Sydney Whisky Fair has been selling out in record time each year, so to make it as fair as possible we only allow one ticket per person during the first 24 hours.

Once the members’ pre-sale has concluded, we open it up so you can buy multiple tickets at guest prices.

I’m Not A Member, When Can I Buy Tickets?

Guests and members of the general public will get access tickets at 11am, Wednesday 12 June.

When Does The First Release Of Tickets End?

There is a set number of tickets allocated for the first release, once they are exhausted in each session the release will halt and details of the second release be announced.

I Have Another Question

Feel free to get in contact.


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The 2019 Sydney Whisky Fair will take place on its traditional weekend – the last in August.

That means that you need to pencil in Friday 30 and Saturday 31 August, 2019.

Don’t book holidays, postpone your wedding, cancel all birthdays. The 2019 edition – and the tenth anniversary celebrations – is going to be quite special.

Top picture featuring Starward’s David Vitale and AWH’s Bill Lark at the 2018 edition. Pic by May Lawrence.


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We’re one sleep away from opening night of Sydney Whisky Fair, so hopefully you’ve been planning your whisky strategy for the big dance.

You can see the list of confirmed whiskies here (we might add a few overnight as well) and we’ve provided a digital version of the program below. Please note, those prices will be available in store Friday and Saturday only. We believe they’re some of the best prices on whiskies you’ll see anywhere in Australia. (They’ll be on display at the front of the store, you don’t need a ticket to come and have a look through them.)

To make sure you get the most out of the event, we’ve quickly put together some of the things we’re looking forward to most. It’s be no means an exhaustive list of the excellent drams on pour, but we’ve noted some of the new releases and world debuts for the Fair.

Armorik

From France with smoke

This French distillery’s brand new expression – Triagoz – makes its debut, the first time we’ve seen a peated expression from them.

Belgrove

One of the great innovators (and storytellers)

We welcome Peter ‘Hollywood’ Bignell back to The Oak Barrel, one of the icons of the scene. Put time aside to try his Release The Beast cask – a rye whisky in a legendary cask previously used by Heartwood.

Black Gate

The peat is unleashed

Locals and Oak Barrel favourites Black Gate – from NSW’s Greater West – will be debuting their brand new peated expression at Fair. We’ve had other distillers tell us they’ve “shook their heads in admiration” when trying recent progress reports of this release.

Fleurieu

They’ve made it to Sydney

One of the most talked about new distilleries in Australia, Angela and Gareth Andrews make their first Sydney appearance. Watch out for Bogart & Bacall – might be the last time you get to try this release.

GlenAllachie

Australian debut of Billy Walker’s new plaything

When Billy Walker and co. sold out of BenRiach/GlenDronach/Glenglassaugh he went and took over Speyside’s GlenAllachie. Ever since then the rarely-seen distillery has been watched with great anticipation, if he can do have of what he did with the aforementioned three we’re in for something special. Tasting bottles of the range have been express flown over to make their Australian debut at Sydney Whisky Fair.

Lark

An Aussie icon returns

We’ve very excited to have Lark back at Fair, complete with our own Fair exclusive bottling and a drop-in from the Godfather – Bill Lark – himself!

North Star

A favourite indie bottler with some crazy creations

Brand new shipment from North Star has landed for Fair, with a incredible 4-year-old blended Campbeltown. Super young, but what a representation of the style! Also, try the Spica before it sells out. Because it will.

Old Kempton

A new dawn

We’ve been prying Old Kempton (formerly Redlands) distillery for years to get our hands on their juice (they relented earlier this year). Making their Oak Barrel debut after spending their formative years focusing on Tasmania, it’s worth your while swinging by Old Kempton.

SMWS/Hidden Spirits

Single cask city

The world’s best know whisky club – the Scotch Malt Whisky Society – are back at The Oak Barrel after half a decade. Usually reserved for members only, we’re very lucky to have a selection of their single cask expressions for taste. Go and experience and remember to bring your membership card if you’re in the club. If you’re not, what are you waiting for? Just next to them might be some releases from Italy’s Hidden Spirits and Japan’s Acorn. Early call, but a certain Ben Nevis might emerge a Fair favourite…

Starward

A bourbon cask full of hype

It caused more than a stir upon its release and near-instant sell-out, but we’ve secured a small amount of Starward’s brand new bourbon-cask Projects release. Industry icon and founder David Vitale is flying up to tell the story.

Tamnavulin

20 years we’ve been waiting!

A classic ‘60s-built, but very rarely seen distillery, the new Double Cask from Tamnavulin has landed in Australia. It is the first time in over 20 years that the distillery has released an official single malt – and this is sitting sub-$80 a bottle.

Timboon

G’Day Shagger

Another of our Fair exclusives this year, if you’re tastebuds are starting to feel the strain a bit pop over to see owner and distiller Josh Walker. At 69.7%, Shagger’s Reserve will wake them up.

There’s heaps more to try – flick through the program below!