Be a Farmer for a Day with Eau Claire Distillery

August 19, 2016


Turner Valley, Alberta, August 19, 2016: Eau Claire Distillery and Bar U Ranch National Historic Site are inviting the public to be a part of their farm to glass movement. Spend the day with farmers in the field to help harvest the grain that will be used by Eau Claire Distillery to create their delicious, award-winning craft spirits.
The process will take place over the course of two days:
 
  • September 17, 2016 – Harvest (Binding and Stooking bundles of grain) - 10 am to 3 pm.
The Harvest invites participants to gather sheaves of barley grain cut by horse-drawn vintage farm gear in preparation for threshing. The process is called stooking and it protects and dries unthreshed grain from inclement weather elements – often ominous in Alberta. Snacks and refreshments on site.
  • October 1, 2016 – Threshing (collecting and processing the grain) – 10 am to 3 pm.
Threshing invites participants to work alongside the horses as we bring in the dried bundles of grain from the harvest and watch the straw separate from the grain. Snacks and refreshments on site.

“Our annual harvest is a unique event, utilizing 100-year-old horse farming equipment to complete the annual cycle of barley growing. We are thrilled to invite the public to see how we produce our grain and participate in the process – the only distillery in North America that farms its own grain by horses – truly farm to glass.” Says Eau Claire Distillery founder David Farran.

The Eau Claire Distillery Horse Harvest is a unique volun-tourism experience to harvest the barley planted this spring by horse on antique farm equipment at Canada’s historic working ranch at Bar U National Historic Site.
The Bar U Ranch sits along trout-rich Pekisko Creek with 35 historic structures and a visitor orientation centre with café. It’s a stone’s throw from Longview, Alberta (population 300 and home to one of the world’s 15 best steakhouses according to Conde Nast Traveller Magazine) just 60 km southwest of Calgary along the legendary Cowboy Trail.  It welcomes almost 20,000 visitors each year from Canada and around the world. 

Important Note: As with all farming, this day is subject to weather conditions. If in doubt, call Eau Claire Distillery to confirm it is still on. Long sleeves, trousers and gloves recommended.

Note to Editor:
 
About Eau Claire Distillery
Devoted to hand-crafted, artisanal and fine sipping spirits, Eau Claire Distillery is Alberta's original craft distillery located in Turner Valley, not far from Calgary. Born out of the founder’s quest to honour Alberta’s riches of the land and set the bar for Canada’s most premium spirits, every small batch from Eau Claire Distillery will be personally tended for perfection, from seed to sip. Eau Claire Distillery uses locally-farmed ingredients and clear water from the nearby Rocky Mountains. Summer 2014 marked its first-batch release. Tours are now available. Find out more at eauclairedistillery.ca.

Media Contacts
Chelsea Barclay 
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Eau Claire Distillery
C 403 837 5400
barclayc@eauclairedistillery.ca
 

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