The Distilleries of Vancouver Island

A Guided Tour of West Coast Craft and Artisan Spirits

By (author): Marianne Scott
ISBN 9781771513326
Softcover | Publication Date: April 20, 2021
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in. x 8.5 in.
312 Pages

About the Book

A guided tour that highlights the recent evolution of the 21 craft and artisan distilleries that have sprung up on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

In the past five years the number of craft and artisan distilleries on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands has more than doubled. A change in the provincial liquor laws in 2013 made small-batch distilling a viable business and with this alternative to high-volume, mass-market liquor comes a focus on local ingredients and distinctive flavours.

From relative veterans like Merridale and Sheringham, to the newest stills on the block, you’ll meet a group of entrepreneurs unbound by traditional liquor-making rules who are creating vodkas, gins, whiskeys, and liqueurs with their own unique characteristics, using a wide range of grains, fruit, botanicals, peat smoke, seaweed, and spices. Craft-spirits enthusiast Marianne Scott introduces readers to the methods distillers use to develop their spirits, how they learned their craft, the products they make, and the recognition they’ve garnered.

With an introduction on the history of spirit making and the process of distilling, a glossary of common distilling terms, cocktail recipes inspired by each distillery’s products, and a map to help you organize your ideal tasting tour, Vancouver Island’s Spirits has everything you need to jump into the region’s burgeoning craft-spirits scene.

About the Author(s)

Marianne Scott is a writer, sailor, and spirits enthusiast. She has been a freelance journalist for more than thirty years, is a columnist for Pacific Yachting and the author of Naturally Salty—Coastal Characters of the Pacific Northwest. She lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband, David. Visit her at


“A painstakingly researched, invaluable and delightful insight into one of the most fascinating—and largely undiscovered—distilling regions of the world. Marianne Scott’s superb guide is also of great historical significance.” —Jim Murray, worldwide bestselling author of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible

“Marianne Scott’s in-depth portrayal of her visits to Vancouver Island’s distilleries, their people and their spirits reveals why these tempting elixirs are so sought after by connoisseur and locavore alike.” —Davin de Kergommeaux, author of The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries and Canadian Whisky: The New Portable Expert

“Even if you are not a ­drinking fan, the book is very ­interesting, as are the 21 ­distillers who reveal an abundance of ­intriguing information about the Island, the natural environment, their experiments in creating concoctions and the distillery business.” —Times Colonist