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January seems to get a bad rap for feeling like the Monday of all the months. It’s rather dull at this time of year with the drab weather, dark days, and the pressure of resolutions with DOs and DON’Ts for eating, working, and fitness. Worse yet, no drinking for the dreaded Dry January which sounds like a long Monday of no fun. If you’re anything like us, why punish yourself and make an already bleak month worse?
Instead, we’re making it a Jan-NEW-ary because there’s plenty to be happy about! To break up the January Blues, we are open all month from 12 to 5pm, Friday to Sunday. And, we’ve even thrown in a mood-lifting event that you should join on January 18th.
Back by popular demand, we are hosting our second Meat & Neat whiskey tasting paired with a scrumptious charcuterie spread on January 18th, 5:30 to 9 pm. Come experience our range of premium spirits in various whiskey style expressions including the new bourbon style spirit called Johnny Handsome. You’ll also get to sample what we still have in barrels, while savouring a fiesta of gourmet meats, cheeses, dips and artisan accompaniments.
Tickets at Eventbrite. Ticket holders also get 10% off purchases at the distillery.
Get to know our new and much anticipated bourbon style spirit – Johnny Handsome - paired with a menagerie of cured, spiced, herbed or smoked meats at our latest event, Meat & Neat, on November 22!
Back in 2017, we set aside some pure corn spirit (71% alc) in a new charred barrel and crossed our fingers that it would mature into a handsome young bourbon style spirit. Fast forward to today and it’s time to unveil our new whiskey. Johnny Handsome is ready to come out to play! He was a strong spirited lad at first, so we’ve mellowed him out a tad and brought him down to about 50% alc. Still, the whiskey is beautifully bold and best enjoyed neat or with a splash of water!
If there is one thing to pair with a handsome whiskey, it’s the savoury goodness of well-crafted meat cuts and cures. Hence, we are hosting our first whiskey tasting event, Meat & Neat (November 22nd, 6 to 9 pm), and working with Graze and Cardamom to provide a charcuterie board for your grazing pleasure.
Along with the reveal of the Johnny Handsome spirit, we will also be previewing the not-yet-bottled Maple Bourbon and the rye whiskey (still aging in barrels) to be released in 2021. Enjoy the opportunity to get a first-hand look into what’s shaping up at the Roots and Wings Distillery!
Join us for this intimate and immersive pairing event! Limited tickets available. Ticket holders also get 10% off purchases. Tickets at Eventbrite.
Facebook is now reminding me to remember with those reminders of where we were and what we were doing a year ago this time… it tends to put things in perspective on how far we have come in the last year with our little distillery.
Sometimes I’m so caught up in the day to day distilling, reporting, bottling, and occasionally breathing I forget to remember how much we have accomplished in the last year.
Just a few minor wins add up to where we are today; we planted and harvest a very successful crop of potatoes and corn, we were approved for our manufacturer license, business license, and liquor license. We completed the tasting room a few months behind schedule but completed none the less, during the snowiest winter we’ve seen in years! Purchased and installed the distilling equipment; and now we are on our 4th batch of Vodka, first batch of infused Vodkas, and have the whisky-ish spirit ready for bottling we just need the label to go along with it.
The dreams of Gin are just starting to take hold; I keep stumbling across inspirations to create a profile that will convert the even the anti-gin drinkers to keep a bottle Jackknife Gin handy for any occasion.
Along with all that I finally am saying good bye to my corporate job that I have had for the past 8 years and even though it is exciting to be branching out on my own I will be sad to say good bye. However now that I have my mornings free to enjoy a leisurely coffee before I fire up the still I’m sure I won’t be sad for long.
Right now, we are looking forward to being part of the Fraser Valley Indie Festivals this summer with Loving Local; as well as Hopscotch in Vancouver in the fall and The Meat and Cheese Festival in Yaletown in September. Keep an eye out on our events page to know where we will pop up next.
Opening weekend of the tasting room
After much anticipation, We have opened the Roots and Wings Tasting Room in Langley beside our Distillery. For those of you that joined us on opening weekend Thank you; although it was not the grand opening it was nice to see all the familiar faces and several new ones.
If you were there you know that we were facing some technical difficulties with our debit and credit machines; it was a cash only kind of day, which turned out to be just fine with most of you. I very much appreciate the flexibility. I know now why they say to have a soft opening with friends and family only, so when these things happen you don’t have to feel overly stressed.
We somewhat had a soft opening … the friends and family came … and we put it on social media that it was a soft opening but sure enough the very first customers had to be total strangers; but they took it in stride (a lot better than I did).
You would think I would understand technology and the need to unplug and reboot since that is the type of work I do in my other job, but no that is not what happened. My mind went blank, I misplaced my phone to call the help line, I couldn’t find an account number to save my life, and more customers kept coming in…. right about that moment I wanted to unplug myself and reboot.
If it were only that easy … instead I just had to say with the sincerest apologies that we couldn’t take plastic but we would happily serve you Vodka regardless.
Moral of this blog … Cash is King… technology fails… soft openings are recommended… Vital Vodka is worth the wait…
Tasting Room is now open Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm… see you soon.
This is a virtue I was not blessed with … wit occasionally ... sarcasm usually but not the ever-desired patience. Years ago, I thought it was the MC1R gene that also gives me the red hair, pushed out the other gene needed for patience but I have since been ‘google-educated’ that patience is in fact not a gene but a learned behavior. So, I am happy to report for all of you other patience challenged out there, that there is hope for us after all.
I’ve always been aware of this shortcoming but have managed to make do without offending too many people along the way … however it has become painfully noticeable on the day long distilling days that average 14 to 16 hours. Luckily the excitement of seeing the pristine crystal clear spirits pour out of the parrot provides me with enough endorphins to outweigh the frustrating part of waiting to make the right cuts, to monitor the temperature correctly, to ferment fully, and to get the most out of a low and slow distillation.
Since Roots and Wings Distillery is a small batch distillery (at the moment), I know that it is just a matter of time before we move into a rhythm that doesn’t require me to constantly monitor every second like a hawk waiting at a mouse hole; but in the meantime, this hawk hoping this is just the ticket to a learned behavior called patience.