Sweet on Liqueurs: Why your distillery needs one in its portfolio

Though many distillers get into the business out of a passion to make great whisky, or to explore the nuances of gin, we believe every distillery should make something on the sweeter side. Why?

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Product News & Opening Soon

Product News

Shelter Point Botanical Gin

Shelter Point Botanical Gin

Here’s a sampling of some of the cool products being released around the country:

Shelter Point: New Botanical Gin

Shelter Point Distillery in Campbell River, B.C. has established itself as one of Canada’s leading whisky makers, but they’ve decided to get into the gin game with their Hand Foraged Botanical Gin.

Last Straw Distillery: New Golden Gin

Last Straw has released a limited run barrel-aged gin, lightly aged in charred American oak. Get it while it lasts!

Batch 2 from North of 7

North of 7 in Ottawa has just released batch 2 of their single barrel Canadian Whisky.

Strathcona Spirits Single Cask Pinot Gin

Strathcona Spirits has released an experimental gin aged seven months in a single Russian River Valley Pinot Noir cask of tannic French white oak.

Distilleries on the Horizon

April 2019 News Roundup

Starting a Spirits Brand

U.S.-based SevenFiftyDaily published this excellent primer on starting a spirits brand, with advice from Canadian Tromba Tequila founder Eric Brass.


Spring Hill Distillery in Guelph

In recent distilling news, find out about Spring Hill Distillery in Guelph, the new major project by beer-preneur John Sleeman.


Distill Ventures

The Diageo-funded craft spirits incubator Distill Ventures hired a new executive with expertise in sustainability: find out what they’re up to (and even apply for funding).


Here are some of your newest colleagues to open their doors:

Collective Arts Distilling, Hamilton

The brewery and cidery has released two gins: an Artisinal Dry Gin and an on-trend pink Rhubarb & Hibiscus Gin.

Artist in Residence Distillerie, Gatineau

The maker of Waxwing Gin, Kilinger Rye and Mayhaven Liqueur was nominated as 2019 New Company of the Year at the Ottawa Tourism awards.


Great Things in Small Packages: what artisan distillers should know about packaging

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Q ▸ How can boxes help my spirit brand?

A ▸ Standing out on the liquor store shelf is critical: you need something special that’s worthy of the consumer’s attention. For example, we make single-bottle custom printed retail boxes for premium spirits.

Shipping boxes should continue to tell your brand story. With so many options in corrugated cardboard, you can control what your branding story should look like, whether you prefer a one-colour-on-kraft look or a full-colour litho laminated image.

If your distillery does online sales, it’s critical to maintain your branding at the consumer packaging level. We offer a variety of different custom printing options including outside and inside printing. We also can suggest various divider options and materials for filling void space inside your shipping boxes.

Q ▸ Where would branded packaging fit into my production process?

A ▸ Many distilleries receive their bottles bulk packaged on pallets, as it’s less costly. They get us to manufacture boxes for them, which can then be custom branded.

Other distilleries have bottles shipped form their supplier, already in boxes with dividers. Since they can often re-use them, we can help to customize their packaging creating custom adhesive labels or custom printed tape to brand and identify each box’s contents. We have even provided custom-branded boxes to the bottle supplier directly, who then ships the packed and branded custom boxes to the distillery.

Q ▸ What are some of the trends in spirit-packaging now?

A ▸ If your distillery has a tasting room or sells retail, we can create spirit or cocktail kits, seasonal gift packs or carriers (similar to those used in the wine industry) for customers purchasing multiple bottles.

We are also seeing a trend toward smaller and tasting sizes, which often require their own unique packaging. We even packaged a spirits advent calendar last year!

Q ▸ What are some of the common mistakes small distilleries make with their shipping packaging?

A ▸ Common mistakes include using boxes that are poorly fitted and don’t provide adequate protection for the bottles, such as dividers or void fill. Also, not ensuring the box’s performance has been formulated to stand the shipping requirements—everything from how high they’ll be stacked to how pallets will be wrapped and what temperature and humidity they’ll be stored in.

For our distillery customers not using Water Resistant Adhesive (WRA) is a common problem. Shipping boxes are made up of three layers—a liner, medium and another liner glued together to make the corrugate. Without WRA, any moisture or condensation on the bottles could break down the corrugated board if stored in a cold fridge.

Distillateurs artisanaux Canada est fiers d'annoncer les résultats du Concours de spiritueux artisanaux canadiens de 2019

VANCOUVER, le 5 févr. 2019 /CNW/ - Le seul concours national de spiritueux réservé exclusivement aux micro-distilleries fait part aujourd'hui de ses résultats.

Le groupe national de juges indépendants a complété son évaluation à l'aveugle des spiritueux artisanaux soumis par des distillateurs de tout le Canada. Au cours de cette deuxième année, le nombre de soumissions s'est accru de 50% relativement à la première année.

Alex Hamer, fondateur du CSAC, a dit que; «Cette croissance démontre qu'un tel concours est bien accueilli des distillateurs artisanaux pour les aider à mieux faire connaître les excellents spiritueux qu'ils produisent» et «Il me fait plaisir de constater qu'il y a eu des soumissions gagnantes de partout au pays».


DAC est fiers d'annoncer que le «Ethos Gin» de Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery a récolté un plus grand nombre de points que tous les autres spiritueux en compétition. Ce spiritueux est produit à Revelstoke, BC à partir de triticale et utilise 15 végétaux y compris certains d'origine locale tel que myrtilles, genièvre, pointes d'épinettes et aiguilles de pins ponderosa. Charlene Rooke, juge principale du CSAC, a décrit ce gin comme ayant «Un nez délicatement floral (fleurs blanches, pétales de rose, fleurs d'oranger et soupçon de fleur de sureau), teinté légèrement de pamplemousse rose, citrin juteux, poivre blanc donnant une élégante et soyeuse sensation en bouche.».


  • Absinthe: Deep Roots Distillery Absinthe • PE

  • Gin vieilli: Iron Works Distillery Aged Gin • NS

  • Alcool vieilli en fût: The Liberty Distillery Railspur No.3 Switch • BC

  • Aquavit: Long Table Distillery Làngbord Akvavit • BC

  • Amaro or Vermouth: The Woods Spirit Co Pacific Northwest Amaro • BC

  • Brandy: Winegarden Estate Winery & Distillery Johnny Ziegler Senior • NB

  • Liqueur: Hansen Distillery Morning Glory Cream Liquor • AB

  • Vodka aromatisée: Capital K Distillery Tall Grass Dill Pickle Vodka • MB

  • Rhum: Barrelling Tide Distillery 5 Fathom Dark Rum • NS

  • Vodka: Strathcona Spirits Distillery Single Grain Vodka • AB

  • Whisky: Sheringham Distillery Red Fife Whisky • BC

  • Jeune Whisky: de Vine Spirits Glen Saanich • BC

  • Alcool non-vieilli en fût: Resurrection Spirits Inc. Resurrection Spirits White Rye • BC

Des médailles furent décernées à des distillateurs de Colombie Britannique, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, Nouveau Brunswick, Nouvelle-Écosse et Ile-du-Prince -Édouard. Pour les résultats complets : https://artisandistillers.ca/2019-results/


CSAC fut créé en 2017 pour célébrer l'excellence de la distillation artisanale canadienne. Les distillateurs doivent rencontrer nos critères d'inclusion: 

Distillateurs artisanaux Canada (DAC) qui gère le CSAC est un nouvel organisme créé pour soutenir et promouvoir les distillateurs artisanaux à travers le Canada. Pour de plus amples renseignement, consultez:

DAC aimerait remercier la Great Little Box Company de son généreux soutien.

SOURCE Distillateurs artisanaux Canada

For further information: Laura Serena, Serena PR, 604.842.4510, laura@serenapr.com

[Release] Artisan Distillers Canada is proud to announce the 2019 results for the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition

VANCOUVER, Feb. 5, 2019 /CNW/ - Canada's only national spirit competition reserved exclusively for small distilleries announces its results today.

The competition's national panel of independent judges have completed their blind assessment of artisan spirits submitted by distillers across the country. Now in its second year, submissions have grown by 50% over its first year.

"This growth demonstrates that a competition like this is welcome among artisan distillers to help them spread the word about the great sprits they're producing," stated Alex Hamer, CASC's founder. "I'm gratified to see awarding-winning submissions from across the country."


Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery Ethos Gin earned highest overall points across all categories. The gin is made in Revelstoke, BC from Triticale, and uses 15 botanicals including locally sourced huckleberries, juniper, spruce tips and ponderosa pine needles. Charlene Rooke, CASC's lead judge, described the gin as having a "Delicately floral (white blossoms, rose petal, orange blossom, note of elderflower) nose, tinged with light pink grapefruit. Juicy citrus, white pepper and a silky elegant mouthfeel."


  • Absinthe: Deep Roots Distillery Absinthe • PE

  • Aged Gin: Ironworks Distillery Aged Gin • NS

  • Aged Spirit: The Liberty Distillery Railspur No. 3 Switch • BC

  • Akvavit: Long Table Distillery Långbord Akvavit • BC

  • Amaro or Vermouth: The Woods Spirit Co Pacific Northwest Amaro • BC

  • Brandy or Eau de Vie: Winegarden Estate Winery & Distillery Johnny Ziegler Senior • NB

  • Liqueur: Hansen Distillery Morning Glory Cream Liquor • AB

  • Infused Vodka: Capital K Distillery Tall Grass Dill Pickle Vodka • MB

  • Rum: Barrelling Tide Distillery 5 Fathom Dark Rum • NS

  • Vodka: Strathcona Spirits Distillery Single Grain Vodka • AB

  • Whisky: Sheringham Distillery Red Fife Whisky • BC

  • Young Whisky: de Vine Spirits Glen Saanich • BC

  • White Spirit: Resurrection Spirits Inc. Resurrection Spirits White Rye • BC

Medals were awarded to distilleries from British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Complete results: https://artisandistillers.ca/2019-results/


CASC was founded in 2017 to celebrate the best of Canadian artisan distilling. Distilleries must meet our qualifications: https://artisandistillers.ca/artisan-distillery/. Artisan Distillers Canada, which operates CASC, is a new organization created to support and promote artisan distilleries across Canada.

For more information: https://artisandistillers.ca/

ADC thanks Great Little Box Company for its generous support.

SOURCE Artisan Distillers Canada

For further information: Laura Serena, Serena PR, 604.842.4510, laura@serenapr.com