Whisky business for local makers at big convention

The Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) Asia Pacific is bringing its 2025 Asia- Pacific Convention to Tasmania – international recognition of the work the local industry has done over the past 30 years to make Tasmania one of the key whisky- producing regions in the world.

Tasmanian Whisky and Spirits Association president Cam Brettbsaid Tasmania would not have been considered to host the convention if the state was not known for the quality of its whisky and whisky- makers.

“It is a real tick of approval in our state’s industry from the Institute,” he said.

“Tasmania set itself to be known alongside Scotland and Japan as one of the three major whisky-producing regions in the world.

“We are starting to become known and spoken of in this regard.”

Mr Brett said this status was further demonstrated by the fact that Tasmania was home to two members of the Australian Distillers Hall of Fame – Bill Lark and Patrick Maguire.

Business Events Tasmania CEO Marnie Craig expects the convention, which received funding from the Tasmanian Government’s Business Events Attraction Fund, to attract 450 international and domestic delegates.

“The conference perfectly aligns to one of the state’s key industry sectors – Tasmania has an excellent reputation for its high-quality beers, spirits and ciders,” she said.

“We are very pleased to have played a role in first attracting the convention to Tasmania and then exposing the state and its fine products to delegates from similar industries in the Asia Pacific region.”

Anne Gigney, Tasmanian-based IBD Asia-Pacific board director, said the Institute would pull together a dynamic itinerary that would showcase the state’s brewers and distillers, along with Tasmania’s incredible environment and food scene.

“There’s much excitement about Hobart as the home for the 38th Asia-Pacific Convention,” she said.

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