Small batch dis­tillers

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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.

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