by Travel Alberta
Eau Claire Distillery
, Alberta’s first independent pure-craft distillery, celebrated its official opening this month offering visitors a history of distilling; a tasting room to sample parlour gin, three point vodka and special issues; and a gift shop with merchandise including hand-crafted hand-bottled artisanal Eau Claire spirits. Housed within a converted historic 1929 movie theatre, the Distillery is located in the town of Turner Valley on the Cowboy Trail 40 minutes from downtown Calgary, and is open May through September for tours and tastings.
Eau Claire stands for premium, handcrafted products and exceptional taste – farm to glass. Under the watchful supervision by Eau Claire Distillery founder David Farran and distiller Larry Kerwin, the distillery uses distilling equipment imported from Germany. As a certified farm distillery, for some special edition Whiskys, Eau Claire has its own stable of plough horses that harvest exclusive horse farmed grains – the only distillery with its own horse farming operation in North America.
Company president David Farran says, “While recent in Canada, the craft distillery movement started with success a few years ago in the United States, and is slowly taking hold north of the border, starting with B.C. and Ontario and now with us in Alberta. We could not resist feeling we are so well equipped here in Alberta. With our world-famous malts, grains, potatoes, Rocky Mountain waters and maverick spirit, creating our own line of premium craft spirits here makes perfect sense.”
Eau Claire Distillery is open May 1 through September 30 for tours and tastings, first come first serve or by reservation. Tours of Eau Claire Distillery is also soon available for purchase through preferred receptive tour operators selling vacation packages to Alberta, Canada. For general information on travelling to Alberta visit www.travelalberta.com
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 — including all grains and potatoes — plus clear water from nearby Rocky Mountains. For more information please visit www.eauclairedistillery.ca