Raising the Bar

Broken Hill Distillery’s Paul Hanna and brand ambassador Jason Bacot are off to London this week to join gin makers from around the world for the 2024 World Gin Awards, so the Barrier Truth caught up with the local jet setters for a chat.

One of three Broken Hill Distillery Ambassadors, including Wayne Murray and Dinny Readon, we asked local miner Mr Bacot how he became interested in becoming an ambassador for a distillery and what the role entails.

“My interest in the role is the taste mainly,” he laughs. “The first product the distillery rolled out about three years ago won us over straight away, so we’ve been happy to promote it and to help out anytime Paul needs us here.”

From Broken Hill to London, these fellas feel a bit like Crocodile Dundee heading off to New York, “we’re just taking gin instead of knives,” said Mr Hanna. “We know Broken Hill water has never tasted so good so it’s just about the rest of the world finding out as well,” he said.

“These kinds of events help locals to show that there’s so much more to Broken Hill than just red dirt and mines,” said Mr Hanna.

“Like local swimmer, Brendan Cullen, who swum the English Channel a couple of times, there’s also plenty of local business owners, professionals, and artists overseas doing great things. It’s amazing how far the tentacles of Broken Hill actually spread. There’s plenty going on – Broken Hill is everywhere.

“What’s good for us is good for Broken Hill,” says Mr Hanna. “We’re excited to head off to London this week for the World Gin Award event, and we’re proud to represent the Far West region with our award-winning distillery.”

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