Gins from Vancouver Island


Gins that you will want to taste!!

West coast makes refineries possess large amounts in the U.S. for example, California’s St. George Refinery and Washington’s Dry Fly. It’s nothing unexpected how the pattern has now relocated north. English Columbia, Canada’s western area are blasting with new homestead to-jar alcohol producers.

In 2012, there were eight miniaturized scale refineries in English Columbia. Today, there are 54 in B.C. with 15 additionally openings not too far off. Because of a speedier pivot time (versus whiskey) and unending conceivable varieties, gins are the being delivered here. There are 16 refineries add up to on Vancouver Island).

Tip: Bring an additional bag for each one of those drinkable gifts you’ll taste. (note: mixed refreshments made in English Columbia can’t be sold in the States.) From a farmhouse in Duncan to a bottling works turned-refinery in Victoria, here are a couple of the most loved gins on Vancouver Island:

Phillips Brewery Fermentorium, Victoria, B.C.

Matt Phillips, one of the city’s most carefree specialty brew creators. First launched in May 2015. Stump Coastal Forest Gin, with a wooden mark, has developed botanicals, grown botanicals, such as juniper, cascade hops, grand fir, bay laurel, coriander and lavender. The Fermentorium offers tastings of Stump gin and other high quality beverages, for example, regular mixes, tonics and hop bitters.

Victoria Spirits, Victoria, B.C.

As one of the grandfathers of the B.C. produced gin back in 2008, Victoria Spirits calls itself “Canada’s First Premium Gin” with their Vic Gin. It is made by hand, the juniper-forward gin features note of cardamom, citrus, and rose petals. Past the Oaken Gin, a golden shaded gin matured in new American oak barrels.

Merridale Ciderhouse & Craft Distillery, Cobble Hill, B.C.

Situated on an apple farm, Merridale is Canada’s biggest maker of craft ciders. Alongside their scrumptious pomme bubbly, they also make apple liquor, apple strengthened wines, and a bunch of spirits. Fortunate for gin fans, Merridale’s most current endeavors incorporate two gins: Cowichan Gin, Cowichan Copper Gin, a matured gin. The base soul is aged from an assortment of nearby natural products including apples, pears and fruits and after that injected with 47 botanicals. Tastings and visits are accessible day by day.

Ampersand Distilling Co, Duncan, B.C.

Worked by Jessica and Jeremy Schadt, Ampersand speaks to the exemplification of hip, new wave distillers flush with enthusiasm for neighborhood fixings both in Canada and Stateside. Carefully assembled from natural B.C. wheat, Ampersand’s gin—perfect for vodka sweethearts with its juniper-light notes—is sold at the nearby Saturday farmers market and highlighted in a huge number of bars all through Vancouver Island. Local people like it so much it’s been voted “BC’s Best Gin” in 2016 and 2017.

Arbutus Distillery, Nanaimo, B.C.

Organic chemist, Michael Pizzitelli likes to do things somewhat extraordinary. The jugs that house his absinthe, gin and vodka, are two masterpieces. For instance, the jug of Coven, his B.C. wheat-based vodka, sparkles. For those London dry style gin sweethearts, Empiric Gin is a top notch turn on the exemplary style with lemon verbena, rosemary and lavender botanicals. Visit Arbutus Distillery for complimentary tastings and talks with Pizzitelli and his sister as they wax seal/label each container by hand.


Want to taste more drinks? Visit for a full list of cideries, breweries, and distilleries. FYI: The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19.


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