Dunedin may have missed out on whisky distilling returning to
the city but could still benefit from a new New Zealand
Whisky Company lounge bar.
New Zealand Whisky Company chief executive Greg Ramsay told
The Star it was now looking more likely the company would
start distilling in Oamaru, but it was interested in creating
a lounge bar in Dunedin.
''We're now looking for a cellar door lounge bar venue in
Dunedin to open this summer - somewhere with plenty of foot
traffic, good visibility and connection to other existing
attractions,'' he said.
''Ideally, it would be great to find a venue that has the
capacity to also feature craft distilling from next year, and
we'll look to buy the wash from one of the local Dunedin
Chief executive Greg Ramsay said he hoped his company would
be able to come to an accommodation with the newly opened
Scott's Brewery in Oamaru.
''We're hopeful of being able to buy a locally brewed `wash',
which is basically a strong, sweet beer [without any hops
added for bitterness], which is what is distilled for making
whisky,'' Mr Ramsay said.
''Being able to buy it from next door not only cuts down the
capital investment required for us in establishing a
distillery, but also reinforces the `place of origin'
branding, and also creates a stronger visitor experience -
that they can see the wash being brewed, and then the spirit
being distilled all in the one complex.''
The whisky sold by the New Zealand Whisky Company was
originally brewed in Dunedin by Canadian alcohol giant
Seagram. Production stopped in 1997.