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Monday, 10 May 2021 # 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEST

** Event postponed due to NSW Government COVID restrictions **

Want to raise the bar on your understanding of spirits, classic cocktails and bar-related COGS?

Join Sommeliers Australia’s Ben Moechtar (The Certified Sommelier) and two wizards of the bar world, Charles Casben (Moya’s Juniper Lounge) and Evan Brown (Pier One), as they walk through the basics of spirits distillation, tasting spirits, creating classic cocktails (with a focus on CMS and international sommelier competition standards) and the how-to of managing costs to create a profitable bar programme.

The session will cover:

  • how spirits are made and the differences between the major categories,
  • discussion and tasting of a selection of boutique Australian spirits and liqueurs,
  • how to cost spirits and cocktails, mark-ups/margins, etc,
  • the basics of cocktail making, with a focus on gin, vodka, tequila, sparkling wine, rum, brandy, whisk(e)y based drinks, and
  • tasting and assessment of spirits and cocktails.

About our guests…

Charles Casben, Moya’s Juniper Lounge
Charles started bartending at the turn of the century while studying physics at Sydney University. After several years of competition, academia lost and hospitality was victorious. Having worked at various cocktail bars around Sydney he went on to study wine and passed the Certified CMS exams in 2011 while working at Christine Manfield’s Universal Restaurant in Darlinghurst. Wanting to get back behind a cocktail shaker, Charles opened Moya’s Juniper Lounge in 2016, an old-world cocktail bar focussing on gin classics where he resides to this day.

Evan Brown, The Fresh Collective – Pier One
A professional bartender with years of cocktail competition experience, Evan has developed a format for cocktail programmes that are simple to teach and aim to achieve consistency, speed, and showmanship. The Fresh Collective offer exceptional food and beverage experiences at each some of Sydney’s most iconic venues including the Art Gallery of NSW, The Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney Theatre Company, University of Sydney, Lindesay House (National Trust), Parliament House of NSW, just to name a few.

⇒ Sommeliers Australia Members – $25 + booking fee
Covers the cost of spirits sampling and a selection of cocktails.

  • To access the Members priced ticket, Members should login at sommeliers.com.au and click the ‘Members Only Offers’ button on the dashboard for the Raise the Bar code, then proceed to Humanitix and apply the code at checkout.

⇒ Non-Members – $40 + booking fee
Covers the cost of spirits sampling and a selection of cocktails.


Bookings are essential and will be taken until 4pm, Friday 7 May, unless booked out prior.

CLICK HERE to book your tickets via Humanitix.


Monday, 10 May 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEST
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Moya’s Juniper Lounge
101 Regent Street
Redfern, NSW 2016 Australia
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