Vancouver Gets Set For “BC Distilled”, A Festival Celebrating The Best Local Spirits


On Saturday, May 10, 2014, sixteen of the province’s leading small-batch distilleries (plus one from the Yukon) will be bringing their gin, vodka, whisky, and other fine spirits and liqueurs to Vancouver for BC Distilled – British Columbia’s premier micro-distillery festival.

In recent years and at an accelerating pace, bottles of local artisanal spirits have been landing on (and flying off) the shelves at restaurants, bars, and liquor stores across the province. Hosted at CBC Vancouver, BC Distilled will not only provide a single-stop opportunity for craft spirit lovers to taste and appreciate a huge number of these new products, but also a chance to meet and greet the people who have been doing the crafting.

Beverages from Bittered Sling Extracts, Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar Mix, and SIP Soda will complement the wide range of spirits on offer, and attendees will also be able to enjoy bites from local restaurants such as Grain Tasting Bar, Forage, Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar, The Distillery Bar + Kitchen, and Edible Canada.

Proudly supported by Scout Magazine and Vancouver Magazine, BC Distilled promotes locally-conscious drinking and supports the advancement of the micro-distillery industry within British Columbia.

BC Distilled is also a proud supporter of The BC Hospitality Foundation, which provides financial support for individuals within the hospitality community who are coping with a financial crisis arising from a medical condition. Partial proceeds from the festival will go directly to the BCHF.

“The BC Hospitality Foundation is an organization that positively impacts those who work in the food and beverage industry,” says Alex Hamer, Founder and Event Organizer of BC Distilled. “BC Distilled is honoured to help spread the word about the important work the BCHF does for our professional community.” | Facebook | Twitter: @BCDistilled | Instagram: @BCDistilled | Hashtags: #BCDistilled #BCDistilled2014

Participating Distilleries to Date:

Arbutus Distilleries
Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers
Dragon Mist Vodka
Long Table Distillery
Maple Leaf Spirits
Merridale Ciderworks
Odd Society Spirits
Okanagan Spirits
Pemberton Distillery
Shelter Point Distillery
Sons of Vancouver
SR Winery & Distillery
The Liberty Distillery
Urban Distilleries
Victoria Spirits
Yaletown Distilling
Yukon Shine

BC Distilled Facts

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014 | Time: 6PM – 9PM
Location: CBC Studios, 700 Hamilton St., Vancouver, B.C. (Studio One)
Price: $39.99 plus service charge until April 4 ($49.99 after April 4)
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AWESOME THING WE DRANK #673 | Drinks Made With Elixirs From Pemberton Distillery


We recently bought a bottle of Pemberton Distillery’s “Handcrafted Black Cherry, Mint and Lime Cocktail & Soda Elixir” at the Dundarave Farmers Market. To make their elixirs, they add fresh fruits and herbs to a base of Golden Cariboo Honey from Cariboo Apiaries in Lillooet. The result is a grounded and rich blend that isn’t too sweet, lending itself well to both soda and spirits. Lorien, who makes the elixirs herself, was at the market and recommended that we use 2 parts elixir to 1 part soda or suitable booze. Her advice has served us well and we’ve been enjoying different variations of it on hot afternoons ever since. If you’re feeling creative, try picking up a bottle at Edible Canada at the Market, the Dundarave Farmers Market on Saturdays, or, better yet, go on a road trip and visit the source in Pemberton, where you’ll also find great local spirits.

Pemberton Distillery Black Cherry, Mint and Lime Elixir | $12 | DETAILS

GOODS: Spirit Maker “Pemberton Distillery” Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

We have invited the awesome local spirit makers Pemberton Distillery to join our GOODS section as a recommended company. Tyler and Lorien Schramm produce Schramm Vodka, Schramm Gin and Pemberton Fruit Liqueurs, and are also working hard on a Single Malt Whiskey that should land on shelves in 2015. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be publishing their news on our front page and hosting a page for them in our list of local and independent goodness. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support, and to encourage you to pay their little distillery a visit the next time you’re up in the Whistler/Pemberton area. They’re good people making great things!

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Mountainous Foodgasms Erupt Up At “Outstanding In The Field”


Michelle and I went up to Whistler last weekend for a wee bit of gastronomic excess with some journalists visiting from the United States (cool cats all). It was bloody hot out, so we borrowed a pretty sweet convertible for the duration, and cranked old Rolling Stones tracks all the way up, singing “Pleased to meet you, won’t you guess my name, wooo-hooo!” Good times…

After checking in at the Westin (hooray for pools), we headed straight for Araxi, this year’s critic’s choice for Best Whistler at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. It and Bearfoot Bistro are my two Whistler reliables, as their respective chefs – Melissa Craig and James Walt – are two of the best in BC. We couldn’t get up in time to enjoy lunch at BB with the American journos, but they regaled us with tales of noon-hour excess. One of them even fell asleep at the table after the lunch had ended! I had the opportunity of being a judge when Melissa won the Canadian Culinary Championships in Toronto a few years back, so I have pretty good idea as to the excellence of what we missed. Sigh…it sounded fantastic, like a fisherman’s “one that got away” tale. There’s always next time…

The 10 of us – happily received in Araxi’s private room by GM Steve Edwards – were led through five courses prepared by James and his crew (including recently minted sous chef Owen Lightly). Several of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life have been enjoyed in that room, and this one was definitely in the running. It began with a tiny, Caprese-esque salad of GME heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil sorbet, gazpacho vinaigrette and nasturtiums, crescendo-ed with a plate of Pemberton Meadows shortribs that had been cooking for 72 hours, and finished with white chocolate-pistachio nougat glacé dealt by pastry chef Aaron Heath. Wine Director (and charmer) Samantha Rahn made some great and sometimes brave pairing moves – like saddling the beef up to a seven year old Austrian Gruner Veltliner – but…if I can channel Hopper for a sec, it was pure poetry, man…poetry. Here’s the menu… Read more

Pemberton Distillery


Pemberton Distillery Inc. | 1954 Venture Place | Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0
Telephone: 604-894-022
Google Map | Facebook | Twitter | You Tube
Hours: 11:00am – 6:00pm, Friday – Sunday, Year Round
Tours: On the hour (last tour 5pm) | To visit during the week, call/email for appointment.
(for groups, corporate or otherwise, visit our website or call 604-894-0222)


Within easy reach of Vancouver and Whistler, our boutique distillery is open year round offering comprehensive guided distillery tours and artisan spirits tastings. We offer a fantastic Guided Tour that takes you behind the scenes at the distillery and gives you an amazing insight into the handcrafted production of artisan spirits. Join us in the tasting room to enjoy our award-winning spirits. We also offer limited release spirits and specialty products perfect for the spirits and culinary connoisseur.


Schramm Family: Bill, Gillian, Tyler, Lorien, Jake, Jenine, Jonathan, Zephyr
Owners: Tyler (Master Distiller) and Lorien Schramm (Communications & Assistant Distiller)


Pemberton Distillery is a boutique distillery set in heart of the snow capped Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Founded in 2008, the distillery is the brainchild of brothers Tyler and Jonathan Schramm, who saw an opportunity to turn Pemberton Valley’s renowned potatoes into high quality vodka.

Like a fine meal, a great spirit has to start with great ingredients and the Pemberton Valley is known for its quality produce, especially its potatoes. We source organic potatoes for our Vodka and Gin from Across the Creek Organics, a fourth generation family farm located just 15km from the distillery. Surrounded by massive ice caps and glacial streams, we are fortunate to have access to some of the best quality water to blend in our spirits.

Our philosophy is to produce fine, authentic sipping spirits that highlight the natural and unique character of the beautiful region from where they come. Our master distiller, Tyler Schramm, trained in distilling sciences at Heriot Watt University in Scotland, a world leader in the field, and all our spirits are slowly batch-distilled by hand in a copper pot still. Making our spirits by hand gives us complete control over the quality and taste of our final product.

We are entirely family owned and operated, passionate about our craft and committed to excellence.


Schramm Vodka – Schramm is the world’s only organic potato vodka. Handcrafted from locally grown spuds and pristine mountain water, it is a sipping vodka easily enjoyed on its own terms and mixed in fine cocktails. Awarded Double Gold and Spirit of the Year at the World Spirits Awards in Austria.

“Fresh floral aromas with a hint of chocolate and mint emphasize the caramel, coffee and smooth smoky flavours in the clean, warm finish of this artisanal vodka. Serve on the rocks to experience its true taste.” Judith Lane, TASTE Magazine

Schramm Gin – Canada’s first organic Gin. Batch distilled in a copper pot still using 8 organic herbs and botanicals including juniper berries, coriander, orange peel, rosemary and hops grown locally on Jonathan Schramm’s family farm. Traditional dry gin with a bold juniper nose, a fresh earthy floral body and a smooth finish.

Single Malt Whisky – Technically new make spirit until 2013, our single malt whisky is batch distilled in a copper pot still following Scottish tradition. Organic barley is sourced from the Peace River and Salmon Arm regions of BC and malted in Armstrong at the smallest malthouse in North America. Racked into ex-bourbon barrels for aging in September 2010, we will offer tastings at the distillery in 2013 and our first bottling in 2015!

Pemberton Fruit Liqueurs – We handcraft our artisan liqueurs from Pemberton Valley fruits and natural Cariboo honey. Including raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, apple, strawberry and more. Delicious enjoyed on their own over ice or with soda and mixed in cocktails.


Double Gold, 2010 World Spirits Awards, Austria

Spirit of the Year, 2010 World Spirits Awards, Austria

“Superb! Highly Recommended” 2010 Spirit Journal

“Best of the Year” Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Strait, 2009

“Superb” Globe & Mail, 2010

“good enough to sip, like a fine scotch.” Calgary Herald, May 2010

“This [is] no ordinary spirit. Tyler and his family have created a fine artisan vodka, worthy of standing bottle to bottle with the world’s best.” Michelle Gourley, Edible Vancouver Magazine

“A very, very fine product that is heads and tails above what is coming out of Europe and
something that British Columbians can be proud of.” Aaron Bourcier, Spirit Guru & Assistant Manager at Brewery Creek Liquor Store.