What is a Whiskey Appreciation Society?
A whiskey appreciation society is a unique way to celebrate your favourite spirit. These organisations are dedicated to promoting appreciation and knowledge of whiskeys through social events and education. There are several kinds of whiskey appreciation societies and they meet in different locations including bars, hotels, restaurants, online and sometimes even private homes. Each society has their own rules and regulations.
The History of Whiskey Appreciation Society’s in Australia
Whisky Appreciation Societies - How They Work & What They Offer
Each whiskey group functions in different ways, but they all have members passionate about learning more about whiskey, talking about whiskey and drinking whiskey. If you go to an event you are bound to learn something about this special liquors history, production process and different styles, finessing your palate (and no doubt buying more) in the process.
Some societies focus on bottle shares where everyone brings a bottle to try with the group and some pay a fee where the collated funds are used to purchase bottles to share. Some will have a guest distiller or a guest speaker. Regardless of the event structure or location, you’ll find like-minded whiskey connoisseurs sharing stories about their favourite whiskeys, learn about different whiskeys and learn more about how to drink whiskey like a pro (with the added benefit of no doubt making drunk new friends.
What are the best clubs for me to join?
For those of you who live remotely or don’t want to venture out yet, AWAS are an active community of whiskey lovers who are based online on Facebook.
Location: Online (Facebook)
This society is one of the world’s leading whiskey clubs, and they offer some amazing benefits to their members, including access to private cask whiskeys made just for their society.
Location: Across Australia
Single Malt Appreciation Club of Albury
A little more off the beaten track than the other society’s on this list, the Single Malt Appreciation Club of Albury welcomes experts and novices alike, whether members get together to taste whiskey and talk about what they’ve tasted.
Location: Albury, NSW
A thriving location in the Australian Whiskey scene, Tasmania is currently in the midst of a crafty whisky boom, so if you’re in Tassie this is definitely a club to check out.
Location: Across Tasmania