By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Sept. 4, 2014
Gillespie’s Fine Spirits, a new distillery in Squamish, opens its tasting room to the public on Sept. 19. The new distillery is located on Progress Way in the business park, behind the building where Brick is located.
Tours are available for the tasting room which will be open Friday through Sunday, from 12-6 p.m.
Gillespie’s product available for samping include Gastown Shine, a vodka made from winter wheat, Sin Gin, a New American Style gin, Aphro, a chilli chocolate infused elixir, Lemoncello, a different take on the traditional Italian liqueur, V-Twin, a rye-based vodka.
Owner Kelly Ann Woods and her partner John McLellan said their artisanal spirits will also soon be featured in a number of local bars, stores and restaurants.
British Columbia is now home to a handful of craft-designated distilleries, (using 100% B.C. grain) and there are several more in the pipeline, Woods said.
“It’s not just a business, it’s a movement,” she said.
“Why should we be shipping liquor in heavy bottles from all over the world when we can support B.C. farmers and produce great product in our own backyard?”
McLellan and Woods are both graduates of the Artisan Craft Distilling Institute in Washington State. Woods has appeared regularly as a cocktail mixing expert on Global News and is a winner of the 2013 Cocktail Maker of the Year award from Vancouver Foodster.
She can be contacted at 604-726-2411.