Small batch distillers
Remember when everyone drank Molson and Kokanee? Then along came Big Rock and Granville Island and Mill Street and Unibroue and suddenly everyone was drinking a craft beer from their hometown. The same thing is happening right now with small batch distillers, said Hunt, who one day envisions a “Canadian spirits” section in liquor stores.
“People are really into local,” he said. “It’s happened for beer, now it’s happening for spirits.”
Joshua Groom credited Canada’s prime grain-growing climate, as well as the quality of boutique Canadian gins and whiskeys, with growing this trend.
“The distillers I’ve met are amazing people who are passionate about their spirits. It shines through in the product,” said Groom, the global brand ambassador for Ungava Gin, a boutique Quebec label.
He named Alberta Premium Dark Horse and Forty Creek Whiskey, along with Ungava, as examples.
Try it in: pour Ungava gin over ice and serve with a grapefruit wedge.
Tip: This is an all-Canadian gin. Its botanicals grow near Ungava Bay in northern Quebec and are harvested by hand during the short summer growing season.