British Columbia’s Spirited Revolution

On March 26th twenty-six local, craft distillers will gather at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver’s east end for the 3rd Annual BC Distilled festival.

The number of local distilleries has exploded in recent years as changes to BC liquor laws have allowed small and medium sized distillers to set-up shop and sell their products directly from the distillery in on-site lounges and tasting rooms. Rules have also been relaxed to allow craft distillers to promote their spirits in bars and restaurants.

As a reflection of this growth, BC Distilled was created to allow British Columbia craft distillers a place to come together, network and showcase their products to the public.

Look for the return of popular Dubh Glas Distillery’s Noteworthy Gin, Wayward Distillation House’s Unruly Vodka and Sons of Vancouver Distillery’s No. 82 Amaretto. There will be an on-site liquor store so you’ll be able to purchase your favourite bottles and new this year, Woods Spirit Co., BC’s newest distillery, and will be launching its first product, an amaro.

In attendance from Vancouver Island will be Ampersand Distilling Co. (Duncan), deVine (Saanichton), Phillips Fermentorium (Victoria), Merridale Estate Cidery (Cobblehill), Sheringham Distillery (Shirley), Victoria Distillers (Sidney) and Wayward Distillation House (Courtenay).

“This is your single best chance to try everything BC has to offer, and to meet the creative people who make these spirits,” says BC Distilled founder Alex Hamer.

Small bites will be provided throughout the evening, courtesy of chefs from Blacktail, Boulevard, Cascade Room, Edible Canada, Forage, The Union and Westin Bayshore.

New this year is a pre-festival event. At the Westin Bayshore on March 25 the first-of-its-kind preview of BC cask-strength ‘almost whiskies’ will makes it debut. Over half the distilleries in the province have made or are in the process of aging spirit which will start to come to market after they pass their legal three-year mark in the barrel, after which they can be legally called whiskies. For this sneak-peek tasting, eight local distillers will have their un-aged ‘whiskies’ available for tasting.

Proceeds from the festival go to support the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS).

Don’t miss this exciting event. Tickets are on sale now are expected to sell out.

For tickets and more information visit

*Watch for EAT writer Lisa Haley’s post-event report on the EAT website.



Ampersand Distilling

Arbutus Distilleries

Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers

de Vine Wines & Spirits

Dragon Mist Distillery

Dubh Glas Distillery

Fermentorium Distilling Co

Gillespie’s Fine Spirits

Goodridge & Williams Distillers

Legend Distilling

Long Table Distillery

Maple Leaf Spirits

Merridale Estate Cider

Odd Society Spirits

Okanagan Crush Pad

Okanagan Spirits

Old Order Distilling

Pemberton Distillery

Sheringham Distillery

Sons of Vancouver

The Liberty Distillery

Victoria Distillers

Wayward Distillation House

Woods Spirit Co.

X Four Vodka

Yaletown Distilling


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