An entrepreneur and an artist walk into a bar... No joke – it happened. That’s where they met Mikey. The rest, as they say, is history.
The unorthodox beginnings of Artisan Drinks provide a strong clue to the type of business the three founders wanted to create. Steve Cooper, Alan Walsh and Mikey Enright – respectively the drinks entrepreneur, the artist and the award-winning bar owner in Sydney (did we mention it was only recently voted world’s best gin bar?) – all had one thing in common, a desire to do things differently. This led to the Artisan ethos of “Why blend in when you can stand out…”
The Art of Mixing
We’re very proud of the fact we’ve taken this idea from concept to creation and the result is our ever-growing range of Artisan Drinks, all made with 100% natural ingredients, offering unique flavour combinations which have been developed by Mikey to truly complement craft spirits rather than drowning them in sugar or artificial ingredients. When this is combined with Al’s outstanding illustrations, each with their own story of where the art was created, you can see the artisan spirit behind this very different type of mixer drink!
We’re delighted to welcome you to the Artisan family and glad you’re coming on the journey with us…
Our team is a growing eclectic mix of experts within their field, united by a passionate pursuit of excellence, a bias to challenge the status quo and drive to make ‘stuff’ happen.
Having previously created healthy juice drinks brand Feel Good Drinks, Steve is now pursuing a labour of love to make superb Artisan mixers to complement his favourite spirits.
With a passion for building premium drinks brands and willingness to go where others fear to tread, Steve is the captain of the good ship Artisan and setting sail for the best bars throughout the world.
He may have his hat on, but we take our hats off to Al and his artistic skills. Al is the man behind our eye-catching branding and one of Artisan’s founding fathers.
Screen printing with one hand and a cup of tea in the other is where Al is most comfortable. We’re happy to supply him with all the tea in Yorkshire (he’s a lad from the North), so long as he continues to create such amazing and elegant art.
Al takes inspiration from artists such as Andy Warhol & Rene Gruau, then brings his unique colour, style & sophistication to every canvas.
We’re going to have to buy Mikey a new shelf to display all of his awards. He hangs out at The Barbershop in Sydney, which just happens to have been named the Best Gin Bar in the world – and you can even get a shave there too!
The latest honour is one of many and we reckon if he went on Mastermind his specialist subject would definitely be spirits, cocktails and mixers.
Until that moment he’s the main man when it comes to creating innovative, outstanding Artisan Drinks recipes
Previously a head of marketing for Coca-Cola Amatil, it’s fair to say that Berlinda is big in the world of beverages. Her creativity, passion and knowledge are what we are harnessing to drive our brand and there’s so much of it that we wish we could bottle it.
She keeps a level head when under pressure to which we owe her Yoga instructor a debt of gratitude. Namaste.
Gareth is our Investor Director in Australia and New Zealand. With a strong marketing and sales background built up on the mean streets of South London, he is our Dynamo Downunder offering a clear direction to winning new business and creating partnerships.
With more energy and bounce than a kangaroo with very long legs, when he’s not recommending to virtually everyone he meets they should stock Artisan Drinks, Gareth can be found soft sand running on Bondi Beach!
Mike is our numbers guy, the Yoda of spreadsheets and our go-to guy when things just don’t add up. Mike is also an expert on all things taxation and corporate partnerships, handy skills for an ambitious Artisan company like ours.
Steve & Mike are long time friends since meeting at University where they formed a central defensive partnership in the Sunday morning team, with 100% commitment making up for a complete lack of height & pace.
Rosie brings a mix of experience and a bubbly personality into managing Artisan’s brand and operations, and she also loves to travel! Rosie’s Latin America adventure saw her volunteering at a boutique hostel in Colombia, and it is here where she learnt the art of mixology…stirring her Artisan journey into fruition!
Inspired by her travels Rosie wants to share the Artisan brand as far and wide as possible!
Adam’s strong background as an account manager with some of the biggest names in the drinks industry, makes him the perfect fit for our team. His unbeatable business savvy allows him to offer you exactly what you are after; you’ll find he’s always up to speed with the ever-changing market.
Hard workers play hard and Adam also harbours a great love for cooking, cars and swimming. He even represented Great Britain in modern pentathlon! Having flexed his rock star muscles as a guitar player in a former life, he knows how true passion can reap the sweetest rewards.
We’d like to raise a glass to Gavin – and it’s one of his creations we know it will be pretty spectacular! His cocktail knowledge comes from years behind bars (in the nicest possible way) which means he’s the man for the job when it comes to developing Artisan perfect serves and incredible cocktails.
He’s driven by a passion for food and drink and the spirit of adventure which has seen him visit some of the world’s top culinary hotspots, bringing a real international flavour to the Artisan team.
Carl is really on the ball – which could come from his time spent coaching rugby teams.
He’s also quick off the mark when it comes to export, having worked successfully with coffee, beer and cocktail brands and is now bringing his particular expertise to help the Artisan Drinks Company on its way to world domination.
He’s a dab hand at navigating airports at the speed of knots – which is pretty handy for a man dealing with our growing export market.
WHY BLEND IN WHEN YOU CAN STAND OUT…
Our journey may have started off as a proverbial meet-cute in Australia, and akin to many of the silver screen tales with the same beginning, what was once a glimmer of an idea quickly grew into something more. Artisan Drinks has continued to develop since its birth and is now an outstanding range of mixer drinks for those colourful, free spirits prepared to stand out from the crowd and shine in their own way.
Our ethos shines through in our unique range of tonics and mixers. With craft quality on the inside and out, the Artisan Labels feature the iconic images of internationally reclaimed artist Alan Walsh. He expertly combines bold colours with clean, minimal strokes to capture the spirit & elegance of each character. The art inside the bottle comes from Mikey Enright, top Australian bar owner & cocktail expert.
Mikey has developed each Artisan recipe using only the finest natural ingredients and unique flavour combinations to elevate craft spirits to the next level when mixed together. You can see where we’re coming from. We want to offer the best, created out of the best ingredients, both in regards to what’s in and on the bottles.
As we’re sure you can agree; life’s too short to drink dull and opting for the ordinary or mixing with the mainstream. What’s more, Artisan celebrates uniqueness. This is represented in our colours, our flavours and our team, as well as in supporting and celebrating all art forms, including art students. Without those who dare to think outside the box, you wouldn’t see the innovation or exciting developments you see in the Arts. And this is what we bring to the world of drinks – An artisanal view. Join us in taking that first step into unchartered waters.