Award-winning distillery relocating to Sooke

Once relocated, Sheringham Distillery hopes to release more spirits, starting with a whiskey in 2019

Just when you thought Sooke’s local liquor selection couldn’t get any better, an award-winning distillery has decided to move into town.

Sheringham Distillery, owned and operated by Jason MacIsaac and his wife Alayne, opened in 2015 and is located in Shirley.

The distillery specializes in gin and vodka, but MacIsaac said they are looking to add more selection to their roster once they are settled in Sooke.

The new location will be at 6731 West Coast Road, and is hoped to be up and running by this spring.

“After two and a half years we are ready for expansion and we’re really excited to move to Sooke. We can see how much it is growing there and we are looking forward to becoming a part of that,” MacIsaac said.

He added that he hopes the distillery will help attract more tourism to Sooke, as they offer complimentary tours and tastings.

“In our Sooke location we will also be open to the public more often, and it will be easier for people to access,” MacIsaac said.

RELATED: That’s the spirit: Sheringham Distillery

The distillery had a successful year in 2017, winning a silver medal for its Seaside gin and a bronze medal for its Akvavit white wheat vodka at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Awards.

Sheringham Distillery also started 2018 off strong, winning both a gold medal and best of show for its Seaside gin spirit at the Taste B.C. Awards earlier this month.

“We were completely thrilled to have won the awards, and just to be up there with the biggest wineries, breweries and distilleries in B.C., it was really exciting,” MacIsaac said.

The Seaside gin, which MacIsaac described as the distillery’s flagship is created using B.C. grain, and its botanicals include, lavender, wild rose, citrus peel, juniper berries, and dried wing kelp.

“The idea was to develop a gin that would give the feel of Vancouver Island,” MacIsaac said. “The kelp comes from the beaches right out front of our distillery.”

RELATED: New local gin will take you to the shores of Shirley

Sheringham Distillery’s liquor is distributed all throughout B.C. and last summer also extended its reach in to Manitoba and Alberta.

MacIsaac said once they get moved in to their new location, they will be working on producing more spirits, as well as releasing new products, starting with a whisky in 2019.

”We are very grateful for the support we’ve had from the Shirley and Sooke community, and we hope to continue to produce award winning spirits in coming years,” he said.



editor@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Weekend revellers keep Sooke police busy

Mounties respond to 68 calls for service

Supreme Court rules residents in Victoria social housing deserve tenant rights

Tenants trying to stabilize their living situations should not face less legal rights than those paying market rates: Judge

Weapons and drugs could lead to 29 charges against Victoria man

VicPD found a cache of weapons, drugs and counterfeit money

Oak Bay set to turn up the heat on beach picnics

Committee of the whole makes unanimous recommendation to allow portable bbqs at local beaches

Victoria Cool Aid Society invites you to their Homecoming

Event celebrates 50 years of social services across Greater Victoria with fundraiser to keep programs running

Film Review: On Chesil Beach

Saoirse Ronan continues to shine in adaptation Ian McEwan novel about young newlyweds on their wedding day

Police release video on how to ‘run, hide, fight’ if there’s an active shooter

Vancouver police offer video with input from E-Comm, BC EHS, Vancouver Fire and Rescue

RCMP caution boaters after two kids pass out from carbon monoxide poisoning

Both children were given oxygen and taken to hospital

B.C. invests $115M to create 200 new nurse practitioner jobs

Health Minister says 780,000 B.C. residents don’t have a family doctor

Union calls on prime minister to step into ‘stalled’ Phoenix compensation talks

For more than two years, thousands of federal workers have been affected by Phoenix system

Judge: President Trump can’t block critics on Twitter

The judge had suggested that Trump mute rather than block some of his critics

NFL owners adopt new policy to address anthem protests

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously by owners

Film Review: On Chesil Beach

Saoirse Ronan continues to shine in adaptation Ian McEwan novel about young newlyweds on their wedding day

Unicyclist starts his cross-Canada trip in Vancouver

Taylor Stark started his journey May 7

Most Read