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January 27, 2019 | Roots and Wings Distillery

Valentine’s Day Cocktail Gift Boxes

As the month of love, February is a time to celebrate romance and Valentine’s Day! What would celebrating love be without a dreamy drink? This year, Cupid suggests that you surprise your sweetheart or sweetest friend with a unique cocktail themed gift box that includes all the ingredients to mix up drinks they’ll swoon over.  To help you raise a romantic toast, we are offering three Valentine’s Day cocktail gift boxes ranging between $50 to $102 which include bottles of spirits and mixing ingredients.

Add some spice to the celebration with a Dirty Renegade cocktail by mixing up our horseradish infused vodka – Renegade – along with brine of crock-cured-half-sours and gourmet smoked Sicilian olives.

Make it a juicy, red celebration with Sweet-Tart Crantini cocktail, shaken with our award-winning Vital Vodka, pure cranberry juice, and a balsamic vinegar of sultry Madagascar Vanilla and tangy Cara Cara oranges.

Say ‘I love you’ with luscious and rich flavours of coffee and chocolate in a Coffee Lover cocktail.  Warm their hearts with a combination of our coffee infused vodka – Double Vice, our bourbon barrel aged maple syrup – Great Eh, Republica Dark Angel Coffee, and chocolate bitters. This cocktail gift box comes complete with an assortment of chocolates and hot chocolate dunking spoons for some extra indulgence.

Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or not, impress your crush or sweetie this month or for Valentine’s Day with one or all these cocktail themed gift boxes.  It will be love at first sip!

Dirty Renegade Cocktail Gift Box

Roots and Wings Distillery Renegade (Horseradish infused vodka) 375 ml
FUME-eh Smoked Castelvetrano Olives
Sourback Cocktail Brine
Price: $50.04 taxes included

Sweet-Tart Crantini Cocktail Gift Box

Roots and Wings Distillery Vital Vodka 750 ml
Olivia’s Cara Cara Orange Vanilla Balsamic Vinegar 375ml
Black River Pure Cranberry Juice
Price: $81.08 taxes included

Coffee Lover Cocktail Gift Box

Roots and Wings Distillery Double Vice (coffee infused vodka) 375 ml
Roots and Wings Distillery Great Eh (Barrel Aged Maple Syrup) 375 ml
Assorted Chocolates
Hot Chocolate Dunking Spoons (Dark and Salted Caramel)
Republica Coffee Roasters Dark Angel coffee (French Dark Roast)
Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate bitters
Price: $102.28 taxes included

For gift boxes, please pre-order and prepay by email: red@rawstillhouse.ca or by telephone: 604 371-2268 before 12 PM on Fridays for pickup on Saturday or Sunday. For orders over $500 there is free delivery in the Fraser Valley. Happy Valentine's Day!

Time Posted: Jan 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM
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January 21, 2019 | Roots and Wings Distillery

New Release - Renegade: Horseradish Infused Vodka

It's official! Our unique horseradish infused vodka - newly named and bottled as Renegade - is now available for your enjoyment and purchase from our Roots and Wings Distillery store (online and onsite at our Langley distillery tasting room) and select liquor stores throughout British Columbia.

Savoury cocktails have long been popular in Canada, especially as the ubiquitous Caesar was invented 50 years ago in our country.  But whether it's the Caesar or Bloody Mary, it's the requisites of vodka and the comfort of spice and heat that draw salty cocktail enthusiast to these drinks, not to mention all the fun add-on garnishes from maple bacon or smoked oysters to a plethora of pickled veggies! Inspired by a client's request and the opportunity to one-up the zesty cocktail game, we are pleased to create a unique horseradish-style vodka for all the folks that want a bit more zip in their sip!

Renegade (375 ml bottles) is now part of our family of spirits and is crafted in small batches with horseradish (sourced from a Fraser Valley farm) steeped in our Vital Vodka, made from our homegrown potatoes and corn. The name – Renegade - reflects its untamed nature, breaking away from the traditional sweet finish of vodka to deliver a layered profile of distinct earthy tones, a spike of heat and an aroma of fresh radish!

While this bold horseradish vodka is ideal for kicking up a spicy Caesar, Bloody Mary or Horseradish Sour, it's also great as a base for a Dirty Martini topped with smoked olives! If you’re adventurous - and we know you are - then try it out in your cooking, like a vodka cured salmon dish. Be a Renegade, break free from the norm!

Time Posted: Jan 21, 2019 at 4:30 PM
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November 28, 2018 | Roots and Wings Distillery

Cocktail Themed Gift Boxes For the Holidays

For the home mixologists or anyone that enjoys flavourful cocktails, gift them the joy of local artisan spirits - vodka, gin and whiskey - that we craft at our farm-distillery.  We also have a large selection of gift-worthy bar accessories at our tasting room shop. And, to make giving easier for you this holiday season we are offering 4 beautifully presented, cocktail themed gift boxes. Choose from the Caesar Cocktail Gift Box, Old Fashioned Cocktail Gift Box, Cara Cara Crantini Cocktail Gift Box, and Coffee Nog Cocktail Gift Box - ranging from $75 to $128 which include bottles of spirits and mixing ingredients. 

Caesar Cocktail Gift Box

Vital Vodka 375 ml
Vital Vodka - infused with horseradish 375 ml
Walter Craft Caesar Mix
Pink pepper cocktail spice
Simply Delish Rimmer Spice
Refillable Tin for Rimmer
Price: $78.79 tax and bottle deposit included

Old Fashioned Cocktail Gift Box

Rebel 375ml
Cara Cara Balsamic Vinegar 375ml
Orange bitters
Paw Paws BC Grown cocktail cherries
Price: $120.75 tax and bottle deposit included

Cara Cara Crantini Cocktail Gift Box

Vital Vodka 750ml
Cranberry Juice
Cara Cara Balsamic Vinegar
Orange bitters
Chocolate 
Price: $112.44 tax and bottle deposit included

Coffee Nog Cocktail Gift Box

Double Vice Coffee Infused Vodka 375 ml
Dairy free Holiday Nog
Apple Pie rim spice 
Clove Additional cocktail spice
Price: $76.75 tax and bottle deposit included

For gift boxes, please pre-order and prepay via email: red@rawstillhouse.ca or telephone: 604 371-2268 before 12 PM on Fridays for pickup on Saturday or Sunday. For orders over $500 there is free delivery in the Fraser Valley. Happy gifting!

Time Posted: Nov 28, 2018 at 2:10 PM
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November 23, 2018 | Roots and Wings Distillery

Events During The Festive Season

'Tis the season to be merry and for gifting (or receiving)! From Christmas markets to workshops, please come visit us at the various events listed below - onsite at the distillery or offsite in the Lower Mainland - to taste, enjoy and/or shop unique gifts from Roots and Wings Distillery during this festive season! Be sure to check out our calender of events as we update it regularly.

Nov 24 & 25 Maan Farm Christmas Market
This market is about LOVE. Bring your special someone and enjoy our Mistletoe Scavenger Hunt and ornament making. 

Nov 29 Ladies Night Out In Cloverdale
Come visit us at Malary's Fashion Network ( 5755 176 St, Surrey) to sample and purchase Roots and Wings Distillery spirits during Cloverdale's Ladies Night Out!

Dec 1 & 2 Maan Farm Christmas Market
The Food + Wine Market features select vendors, including Roots and Wings Distillery, and food trucks for you to feast on! 

Dec 1 Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop at Roots and Wings Distillery
Join Fern Weft Fibre Art at Roots and Wings Distillery to learn how to make a macrame plant hanger while sipping on some of our delicious cocktails! This workshop will cover 4 knots that will be used to make a sturdy and decorative plant hanger. The price includes the rope, wood ring and beads, as well as a plant and pot!

Dec 14 - 16 Christmas In The Village - Fort Langely
This is the 4th Annual festival event and there will be fun activities for the whole family, including photos with Santa Claus and his Elves, live Christmas Music & Singing, Christmas Lights, 50 vendors presenting everything form Christmas Baking Special Foods & Spices, Christmas flowers & Home Decorations, custom jewelry, gifts, natural local sheepskin slippers, woolens for babies & adults, BC Craft wines, Spirits & beers, hot & spicy foods, and much more. 

Aside from events that we're attending or hosting, we'd love to see you at the distillery's tasting room and are open 12-5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays! See map.

Time Posted: Nov 23, 2018 at 3:15 PM
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December 3, 2017 | Roots and Wings Distillery

Craft Cocktail Recipes for You and Your Imbibe Tribe

It is the season to be crafty; as in crafting various cocktails! From corporate Christmas parties where you are told to be careful and not tell your micromanaging boss how you feel about them, and to the dysfunctional family get-together where sipping a cocktail or beverage of choice is the only thing keeping you from getting into a political disagreement with uncle Larry.

It’s always good to know how to mix up a crafty cocktail or two to impress that boss of yours or keep uncle Larry quiet for a minute or two.

Then of course there are those cocktail parties you want to go to … the ones with your Imbibe Tribe; the family made of friends that always make you laugh, are there for you no matter what and can bring out the best in the holiday season.

For these fine folks, you should want to show off your cocktail making skills. So, if you haven’t already visited our website we now have a cocktails page. There are lots of different ideas that won’t cost a fortune and can probably be made with ingredients that you already have at home.

For you beer fans, may I suggest the Midnight Mocha made with a nice dark chocolate porter, some Double Vice Coffee Infused Vodka and Chocolate bitters. Delicious and warming while you cozy up to the fireplace.

Happy cocktailing from My imbibe Tribe to yours! 

Time Posted: Dec 3, 2017 at 6:33 PM
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A little over a Year

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. 

Time Posted: Jun 18, 2017 at 2:37 PM
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Focusing on the details that matter

If you have ever started a business, then you are familiar with the term - ‘devil is in the details’. That couldn’t be more true for so many aspects of business planning but it is especially true for website design, planning and implementation. With a huge amount options out there for companies, templates, designers, and consultants, it’s hard to know which direction is the best one to take. And that’s only the first decision, then there is the branding, content, images, responsive design, SEO, terms of use, CRM, e-commerce, POS, reporting, and the list goes on and on… 

Thank goodness we have the fantastic support and marketing expertise of Crush Marketing for our craft distillery’s online marketing presence - from social media setup, content development and web design/implementation to POS/ecommerce setup.  This website, with all its bells and whistles, wouldn’t be what it is today without their help.  They have guided us through a range of online and offline options, and helped us to make the best decisions along the way for our brand and our new business.

As a distillery, I think we’ve made an excellent choice with Vin65 as our web platform and their online functionality for the wine-beer-liquor industry seems to be the best fit for us. Thus far, we’ve had great service and support. 

So, if you are ever struggling with details for your online marketing, then just remember you’re not alone in sorting out the minutia; give Frank and Kathy a call at Crush Marketing as they are excellent at focusing on the details that matter. 

Time Posted: Apr 17, 2017 at 8:30 PM
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February 15, 2017 | Roots and Wings Distillery

Tasting Room Now Open

 

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.

Time Posted: Feb 15, 2017 at 7:48 PM
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October 4, 2016 | Roots and Wings Distillery

What’s in a distillery name?

So where does our name, Roots and Wings Distillery, come from? The answer lies in various different places for me personally, and also for Rob.

I like the saying - the best thing you can give your children are Roots and Wings. Roots to know where they are from and Wings to allow their dreams to soar. The Roots are for the security of knowing where you are from and the principals that were instilled in you early on. Then the Wings is the confidence to go after your dreams and take risks to make them happen. 

The same is true when building a business; you need to know where you started and where you want to go. Rob’s family has been on this Langley farm for generations and he knows this place better than anyone, but also has dreams of trying something he hasn’t done before on this farm. 

Our Langley distillery name - Roots and Wings Distillery - comes from having both the security of the place we live at and the options that are readily available; as well as the confidence of two hardworking adventurous souls to take a leap of faith. 

So, when you are sipping or savouring our craft spirits, remember where you are from and who you want to become….embrace your Roots and Wings!

Time Posted: Oct 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM