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Highland Park and Harviestoun: Whisky and Beer Night


The hint might be in the name, but here at The Oak Barrel we’re partial to a bit of cask influence. With the latest arrival of beers from Scotland’s Harviestoun we thought it fitting to match them up with the Highland Park whiskies their barrels held previously.

Located in Clackmannanshire, Harviestoun was founded in 1983 and is an established and respected name in the global craft beer community. Their Ola Dubh range are some of the most celebrated whisky barrel aged beers in the world, regularly topping out scores on beer aggregator websites. It’s a series of Imperial Porters aged in barrels which were previously used for Highland Park 12, 16, and 18-Year-Old single malts respectively.

Similarly, Highland Park has long demanded devotion from whisky drinkers – ever since it was founded in 1798. Located on Orkney, an archipelago off the north coast of the Scottish mainland, the distillery has long paid tribute to the region’s Viking history. Settled in either the eighth or ninth century, it became part of Scotland again until 1472, and recently bottlings have celebrated that history.

It is one of the last distilleries to malt a portion of its own barley and the 30 percent that is done onsite has been peated with local barley. The windswept, tree-less island is covered in heather and provides a unique, sweet smoke to their expressions.

Of the course of this October evening, the floral, fragrant malt and smoke of their expressions with by paired with the jet-black intensity of the beers as The Oak Barrel’s beer and whisky experts take you through the intricacies and history of the drinks.

Stock is limited, so spaces are limited. One night only.

What we’ll be trying:


Highland Park 12-Year-Old
Highland Park 18-Year-Old
Highland Park Valkyrie
And something special from the archive


Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 16
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 18

WHAT: Highland Park & Harviestoun Whisky & Beer Matching
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney
WHEN: Wednesday 17 October, doors open 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $60 / Guest $70

Scott Fitzsimons