BC Distilled 2016 Applauds Audience Favourites


On March 26, BC Distilled, Canada’s premier craft and micro-distillery festival, showcased 27 BC-based artisan distilleries to nearly 500 spirits connoisseurs who had the opportunity to sample locally-made gins, whiskies, liqueurs, vodkas and more.

“The excitement around this year’s festival was really inspiring,” says event founder Alex Hamer. “We’re starting to see BC’s distilleries break into more mainstream awareness. This year our food partners also really rose to the challenge, pairing their canapés with cocktails, and even using spirits in their food, including the creative and crowd-pleasing cocktail doughnuts.”

BC Distilled 2016 participants included:

Ampersand Distilling

Arbutus Distilleries

Bohemian Spirits

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 Cidery

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


Guests who attended BC Distilled were invited to choose their favourite sips from more than 100 products available to sample. The results for Audience Favourites Awards are in:

•Barrel-Aged Spirits: Long Table Distillery Barrel Aged Gin

•Apéritif or Digestif: Gillespie’s Fine Spirits Lemoncello

•Brandy: Merridale Craft Spirits Stairs Pear Brandy

•Infused Vodka: Sons of Vancouver Distillery Chili Vodka

•Gin: Ampersand Distilling Company Ampersand Gin

•Liqueur: Sons of Vancouver Distillery No. 82 Amaretto

•Un-aged “Whisky”: The Liberty Distillery Railspur No. 2 Wildflower Honey

•Vodka: Ampersand Distilling Company Per Se Vodka

•Most Votes Overall: Sons of Vancouver Distillery Chili Vodka

Proceeds from the festival went towards supporting the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS). PADS service and hearing dogs provide life-changing independence and enhanced quality of life to those with physical disabilities other than blindness.

BC Distilled is grateful for the support of its sponsors:

South Peace Grain, Legacy Liquor Store, Victoria Distillers, The Liberty Distillery, de Vine Wines & Spirits, BCLiving, EAT Magazine, The Alchemist, and Vancity Buzz.

BC Distilled 2016 images are available here: http://bit.ly/BCDistilled2016


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