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LOUNGE COMING SOON!

Jul 29th
Our current tasting bar will be converted to a cocktail lounge, hopefully open end of summer 2016.

About

Arbutus Distillery is a craft distillery located on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo British Columbia specializing in fine artisan spirits made from local and provincial ingredients. We invite you to join us in seeking a greater spirit. 

 We've been waiting for          you.

Recently awarded BEST IN CLASS by the ALBERTA BEVERAGE AWARDS (2015)

Tasting Notes: 

Exceptionally smooth with great texture displaying subtle notes of caramel and vanilla brought forth by its barley malt base. 

Back Label Reads: 

Shrouded in the heavy mists of the West Coast, a timeless rite enchants those who seek a greater spirit. Initiation requires strict dedication to the craft. There is power in numbers, so gather together because when the light fades, the ritual begins.

RULED BY RITUAL. 

 The "Empiric” is a truly west-coast style gin using a unique array of herbs and botanicals found here. While possessing flavours from juniper and coriander, as with all gins, The Empiric, offers a unique deviation from the more common place ‘London dry’ style with robust citrus notes imparted from lemon verbena (vs traditional lemon and orange rinds). Anise-hyssop fennel, rosemary, lavender and hops also present.

Tasting Notes

Insanely floral and packed with flavour making for zestful G&Ts and martinis. Surprisingly smooth neat. Robust citrus tones upfront, with prominent juniper and coriander back-bone. Light pepper and lavender on the back end. 

 

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Ol Iron Tooth will Get you.. 

Baba Yaga Genuine Absinthe crafted using old world techniques but with west-coast influence. Aged in a myriad of botanicals, which are grown in the Arbutus Distillery gardens, adding other dimensions than strictly anise and imparting a genuine natural colour.

Add ice water or pour over ice to yield a light opal louche. 

BabaYaga Absinthe is naturally steeped and aged in various herbs giving its beautiful chartreuse colour,  and may naturally precipitate chlorophyl upon light exposure. 

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THIRD EYE SPIRITS

Our 'Third Eye Spirits' series is an ever changing line of our most chaotic creations, from small batch classics with flare to spirits that defy classification all together. Always interesting , never dull. Get them while you can. 

Espresso Infused Vodka

In collaboration, we had Regard Coffee Roasters developed a custom roast and then pull an insane amount of espresso shots.  Perfectly paired to the unique caramel and vanilla undertones of Coven Vodka. Uses Heirloom varietals from the Yirgacheffe region in Ethiopia and roasted delicately to highlight the natural coffee flavours. Lightly sweetened. 750ml, 35% ABV. (retail $ 40.00+)  Sip straight, over ice or pair with tonic. 

JuniperusLupulus - Harvest Hopped Gin

 Stemming from the long held tradition of harvest hopped ales, Juniperus Lupulus is an epic merger of worlds: our Empiric Gin aged in freshly harvested Cedar Valley hops. Sweet, floral, hoppy, notes of marmalade on top of the classic Empiric Gin tasting notes. Enjoy in Hopped Negronis or sipped neat. Use to tweak any gin based cocktail for an interesting flare. 

SOLD OUT AT THE DISTILLERY. still available in some select retail stores. 

Seasonally available at the distillery retail and in limited private Liquor Stores

 

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Tasting Bar. 

Why not come by and try some samples? Our on-site tasting bar provides complimentary samples of all our fine spirits. 

 

Hours of Operation:

Sun- Mon        : closed

Tues-Fri          : 11 am -  6 pm 

Sat                  : noon  -   5pm


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Find A Greater Spirit

Arbutus Distillery is a craft distillery located on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo British Columbia specializing in fine artisan spirits made entirely from local and provincial ingredients. We invite you to join us in seeking a greater spirit. 

Michael Pizzitelli

Head Distiller

Michael holds a MSc. in Brewing and Distilling from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh,UK) as well as additional biochemistry and cell biology degrees and has brewed professionally for several years while maintaining a long held passion for distilling fine spirits.

Come Directly to the Source

See the distillery in action with a tour. We sell all our spirits from our on-site retail along with Arbutus merch,  and a wide variety of mixology necessities. Don't forget the tasting bar, where complimentary samples are offered. Located on 1890 Boxwood Rd, right behind Country Grocer at Bowen and Dufferin Crescent.


Hours of Operation:

Sun- Mon        : closed

Tues-Fri          : 11 am -  6 pm 

Sat                  : noon  -   5pm

 

 

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contact orders@arbutus-distillery.com for online/shipped orders

ARBUTUS DISTILLERY

1890 Boxwood RD
Nanaimo, BC
V9S 5Y2
250-714-0027

info@arbutus-distillery.com