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We’re very grateful for the recent media coverage, and the positive feedback, highlighting Roots and Wings Distillery in an article by The Province (Feb 16, 2020) and also appearing online in The Vancouver Sun.
Like most small businesses, we wear too many hats and have limited time or resources to access mass media opportunities. We’re always happy to answer questions from journalists and thankful for any mention in a story; but imagine our surprise when we opened The Province on Sunday, Feb 16 and found a 2-page spread about B.C. distilleries with our distillery front-and-centre! This great exposure in the news is much more than we expected. As Richard Branson once said, “A good PR story is infinitely more effective than a front page ad.”
We would like to express our gratitude to the journalist, Aleesha Harris, and The Province as well as The Vancouver Sun for featuring our craft distillery. Below is an excerpt of the original story published in The Province.
By Aleesha Harris
The Canadian craft-spirit industry is growing — by the week.
It’s a fact that co-authors Stephen Beaumont and Christine Sismondo say they discovered, a bit unexpectedly, while penning the recent release, Canadian Spirits: The Essential Cross-Country Guide to Distilleries, Their Spirits and Where to Imbibe Them ($29.95, Nimbus Publishing Ltd.).
“The Canadian craft-distilling scene had been growing like crazy for several years prior to our decision to write the book and we felt it was time somebody documented it,” Beaumont explains. “Little did we know that it would expand further by about 30 per cent between the time we came up with the idea and when we finished the book.”
The cascade of Canadian spirits really kicked off in 2013, Beaumont writes in the book, when changes to liquor legislation in B.C. allowed for craft distilleries to be exempt from the more than 160 per cent markup applied by the province through the Liquor Distribution Board — so long as they use local ingredients and produce less than 50,000 litres per year.(If they produce more than that amount, the spirits are subject to a markup applied on a sliding scale.)
Other provinces soon followed suit, ushering in a broader boom within the craft-distilling industry.
But the relative youth of the country’s craft spirits hasn’t led to an up-and-coming quality level of said sips, Beaumont assures. In fact, the standards set by the more than 165 craft establishments (all referred to by the author as “actual distilleries, that aren’t simply taking Neutral Grain Spirits or sourcing spirits from elsewhere and repackaging them as their own”) featured within the pages of the hardcover guide left the authors “pleasantly surprised,” the longtime drinks writer admits.
“When you have an industry as young as Canadian craft distilling, there is always a worry that you’re going to need to sift through a whole bunch of poorly made products to find the gems, but that was simply not the case,” Beaumont says. “In fact, when we were putting together our ‘Top 5’ lists of various spirits types that appear in the front of the book, there were certainly a lot more candidates than there were spaces. Those were tough decisions!”
The book features 56 distilleries in B.C., a number that Beaumont points out makes the province home to almost one-third of Canada’s distilleries.
“The B.C. government has put in place a tax structure for distilleries certified as ‘B.C. Craft,’ which is the most favourable and generous in the country,” Beaumont explains of the booming business.
Roots & Wings Distillery in Langley is one of them.
“It began as a pet project with a lot of research and scheming, then we hit the point where we had to make the decision on if this was a feasible option for both of us, and luckily it was; as I could not imagine life any other way now,” Rebekah Crowley, who runs the operation alongside her partner, Rob Rindt, says.
The South Langley distillery and tasting room serves up a unique selection of spirits, including vodka, gin and whiskey, each one made using homegrown ingredients from their 30-acre farm.
“We have our standard Vital Vodka, which is a potato- and corn-based vodka; it’s silky and smooth and is really meant to be enjoyed in a martini, with more flavour than a commercial vodka but without the burn,” Crowley explains. “With that as our base, we have infused-vodka options from — coffee to horseradish, to truffle to hops to cranberry.
“We are also in the process of launching our second gin, but just like our first it is soft on the juniper so it makes a great gin for those that aren’t big on the piney taste of juniper. Then, of course, there are the aged spirits from a young whiskey to a cinnamon whiskey to a barrel-aged old-fashioned, to a bourbon-style whiskey.”
Aged brandy, rye whiskey and gin are in the works, as well, with a proposed release date within the next year or so.
“I’m a bit of a whiskey girl,” Crowley says of her preferred sip. “We have a limited-edition young whiskey-ish that was aged for a year in small maple syrup barrels. I have it neat. It is lovely.”
While Crowley admits that neither she nor Rindt had distilling experience when they first got started, she says that what they lacked in know-how, they made up for in interest.
“(It’s a) passion project all the way,” Crowley says. “It’s still a bit surreal that I get to create these great spirits to turn into cocktails for people to enjoy.”
Since opening their tasting room in February 2017 with two flavours, Roots & Wings has expanded to include a lounge offering 10 different spirits and a “revolving” craft cocktail list, a new addition in 2020.
When asked to summarize the current distilling-industry scene in B.C., Crowley echoed the idea initially mentioned by the authors of Canadian Spirits that, when it comes to craft-distilling, it’s all about expansion.
“It’s fantastic; the growth over the last few years has been amazing,” she says, pointing toward “higher taxes and fees” as pitfalls in the process and “more resources and events that promote local B.C. distilled spirits” as growth factors.
And a resource like Canadian Spirits will likely help promote the industry too. At least, that’s the hope of its co-author.
“We see this book as having three purposes: a travel guide for people who might want to pay a visit to a distillery or two as they tour this remarkable country; a guide to craft spirits that might encourage readers to step out of their comfort zones and discover some truly wonderful, Canadian-made spirits; and a compendium of the many great and fascinating stories behind the people who built these distilleries,” Beaumont says. “If any one of those, or even two or all three, resonates, then I’ll be happy.”
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.
The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it the gift-giving pressure for your Santa list! Let us make it easy for you to find those unique gifts with some retail therapy accompanied by delicious craft cocktails. Join us at the distillery for Sip + Shop, an evening of festive libations and shopping with local crafters on December 12th, 5 – 9 pm. Free admission, including a welcome drink. Oh, what fun!
For our 2nd annual Sip & shop at the distillery, our tasting room – The Drinkery – will be open with our menu of drinks and nibbles, plus we’ll have our own table of goodies as gift options. And this year, there are more vendors in the line up, including:
Goat & Pebble is one of our returning artisans showcasing the creative genius - Molly Gray. She designs original artwork that you can use in everyday life from shirts to bags and cards, plus so much more!
Ravens Edge Design will be bringing back her custom tumblers with the sassiest sayings. They'll be perfect for those naughty and nice folks on your list.
Gwendolyn’s Paradise is the bath bomb badass with her full bath and beauty line. These pampering items are perfect for stockings or to add to your personalized gift basket. Or, stock up for yourself…you deserve it!
Also returning is Boodles Cuddlers with her beautiful one-of-a-kind lap quilts, which are sure to warm up any giftee! We should know as we use ours every day.
New this year to the Sip + Shop are:
Custom Caps offer great caps, perfect for the little kids as well as the adult who is still a kid at heart. Lots of unique designs to keep your melon warm.
Coghlan Cottage Farm + Mercantile will be bringing their slow lifestyle store to the distillery. Trust us, you will want to get your hands on some of their lard and goat milk soap. As a new convert to her vegan bar shampoo and conditioner, we’re thrilled that they’re joining us for this event.
Potter and Crow Craft Coffee Roasters from New Westminster will be bringing out what we’ll all be needing on Friday morning, actually every morning - coffee coffee and coffee!
The Fort Finery features handmade jewellery. If you’ve been eying that pretty piece on their Etsy shop, then you’ll likely find it at our event. Whether it’s for a special someone or yourself (as you’re pretty special), their jewellery may well be that extraordinary gift that you’re looking for!
Last, but certainly not least, is Oxford Ice Cream. Say what? ICE CREAM in December?!? Hear us out. Andrea of Oxford Ice Cream has made an ice cream with a little warmth - blending our new bourbon, Johnny Handsome, with some amaretto cherries. Yes, there will be samples and even better - you can buy a tub to take home!
Don’t shop and sip alone, bring your friends…because it’s the hap-happiest season of all to share! We are super excited for this year’s round up of local crafters and can’t wait to see all of you!
Take the art of cocktailing to the next fun level by joining our new Roots and Wings Distillery Spirits Club. The club is open to everyone and is a collective of members interested in expanding their world of cocktail possibilities and the craft of mixing artisan spirits. And, we’re kicking things up in true distillery style…with a party "The Cocktail Collective" on Aug 24th, 4 to 8 pm
Come enjoy a ton of fun! We’ll have the Trios food truck, live music with Pat Chesell, and cocktails. The event is free to members and $10 to non-members. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call 604 371 2268. Address: 7897 - 240th Street near Fort Langley.
Wanna be a member? Join the Club with a Craft Cocktails membership or Distiller’s Choice membership to immediately enjoy the perks, including a free ticket to this party. And, Distiller’s Choice members can already pick up their August allocation box of six spirits at the party! Discover more and sign up for the Spirits Club here!
Membership is open for the Roots and Wings Distillery Spirits Club! We welcome you to enjoy all the member privileges of the coolest distillery club in Greater Vancouver! Join by signing up for one or both of our club programs to receive a guaranteed allocation of craft spirits delivered free to your door or for your pickup at a Club Allocation Party.
Discover new craft cocktails, enjoy fine artisan spirits, and receive exclusive perks for members only, including discounts, offers, and early access to special releases or events. Discover more and sign up here.
Two club programs are waiting for you! There's no prepayment at signup and you'll only pay when an allocation is ready. No fees for signing up or cancelling. Choose your membership and let the fun begin:
Join the Spirits Club - Craft Cocktails Membership to savour and explore unique craft cocktails to make and enjoy at home. Members receive one craft cocktail box allocation per quarter, including a bottle (375 ml) of craft spirit, recipe and all the ingredients to create a signature cocktail specially crafted for Club members.
Join the Spirits Club - Distiller's Choice Membership to expand your palate and create variety with the finest craft spirits for your home bar. Each box allocation is expertly curated by our distiller. Receive 6 bottles (375 ml) of artisan spirits, twice per year, including expressions of vodka, gin, whiskey, special infusions or releases.
Enjoy member privileges and preferred savings including free tastings (member and three guests), priority invites for special events, 10% discount on spirits, events, cocktails & food, bar accessories, cocktail ingredients, and merchandise at our craft distillery….and much more.
Breakout from the ordinary and be part of our Spirits Club! Get started now, sign up online here! You can also sign up in person at the distillery or by phone.
Stretch and sip with an outdoor yoga class at our craft distillery this summer! There’s no better way to centre yourself then by saluting the sun in the beautiful countryside and finding your inner warrior with a kick-butt Caesar cocktail, made with our artisan spirits.
We’re uniting two great experiences that both unwind and satisfy! Join us and local instructor - Katie Brownlee - for our yoga class ‘Slow Flow Into Caesars’:
Dates: July 20, Aug 11, 15 and 29
Time: 11 am – 1 hour
Cost: $15 pp
Bring your yoga mat & block (if you have), comfortable clothing, towel/blanket and water bottle.
Please pre-register by contacting Rebekah at 604 371 2268 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our distillery’s idyllic setting provides the perfect pastoral backdrop for yoga. Enjoy the outdoor space – sinking your toes into the grass and stretching towards the mountains. Breath in the fresh air and soak up the views as you open your senses under the warmth of the summer sun. Afterwards, savour a craft Caesar cocktail (non-alcoholic option availability) with fellow yoga and drink enthusiasts!
Moms are the best! So, we’re celebrating them on Mother’s Day (May 11) with two specials to treat moms well at the Roots and Wings Distillery.
All mothers (and the women accompanying them) will receive a free tasting of our spirits AND you can raise a toast to moms with our Mother’s Day featured cocktail – The Ginger Rose – in The Drinkery. This refreshing tipple, featured at $9, is made with our Jackknife Gin mixed with cardamom rose syrup from Organic Fair and ginger beer syrup from Rootside.
Mother’s Day is extra special for us now that Baby Lewis is in our family. With three children in a busy household, we get how time is precious. And so, delight the special ladies you love by spending time together. Make it memorable and different with a feast for the senses on an outing through Langley’s Circle Farm Tour and drop by to visit us at #21 stop for our Mother’s Day specials.
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!
The popular Langley Libations Tour returns this June! Save the date - June 23, 12 to 6 pm - and join the fun to check out the diversity and craftsmanship of artisan liquor beverages in Langley, including Roots and Wings Distillery.
Tickets are $10 and include samples, food and live music at the four locations and entries into door prizes! Buy tickets here.
Sip and savour Langley’s top craft spirits, beers, ciders, and honey wine:
Roots and Wings Distillery – Sample our micro distillery’s spirits made from our own homegrown farm ingredients. Enjoy sweet treats from Cake 97 and kick it up with Meat Draw’s live Rock n’ Roll music.
Fraser Valley Cider Company – Sample handcrafted ciders made using traditional techniques and freshly pressed BC Apples with complimentary appetizers prepared by Chef Adrian Beaty.
Trading Post Brewing Company - Sample craft beer with fresh inventive flavours, along with appetizers prepared by the brewery’s Fort Langley eatery while soaking up live music.
Fentina Lente Winery & Meadery – Sample limited-edition eco-conscious honey wines made with a modern twist on the ancient art of mead. Catch some live music, and tasty treats from the German Pizza Co.
You choose where to start and where to go next! Grab your tasting glass and passport at your first stop on the tour, then head to the other three locations to collect all four stamps on your passport! Drop off your completed passport at your final stop to be entered into a grand prize draw of a drink fridge full of libations from each participating vendor!
Needa ride? Add on a shuttle ticket for $15 and hop-on-and-hop-off at all 4 locations. Shuttles will be running continuously throughout the day.
More details at langleylibationstour.ca
Langley Libations Tour 2018 photographs by Kathy Mak.
The Roots and Wings Distillery's tasting room has reopened for the weekends! Thank you for your patience as we closed during January to update and refresh the interior in preparation for more products, new services, extra seating and tables.
How time flies! It was around this time two years ago that we opened our distillery with our first handcrafted batch of Vital Vodka. From there, everything just took off! Vital Vodka won the Bronze medal winner in the 2018 International SIP Awards and we launched five more new spirits - Double Vice, Renegade, Rebel, Sidekick, and Jackknife Gin - with various seasonal infusions in between. We've also participated in a multitude of events, worked with many community partners, and countless visitors have come to experience our craft distillery and enjoy our products which are now found in a long list of private liquor stores across B.C. We couldn't be more grateful for all the support!
With increasing interest in our distillery and spirits, we're expanding and have received our AIP (approval in principal) for a lounge and special event endorsement; so, our tasting room will soon be more tasty and social once we start serving cocktails and canapes, as well as host more events. Stay tuned, we'll announce the launch of our lounge menu shortly!
Tasting room hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12 - 5 pm. Drop by soon!
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!
Roots and Wings Distillery Renegade (Horseradish infused vodka) 375 ml
FUME-eh Smoked Castelvetrano Olives
Sourback Cocktail Brine
Price: $50.04 taxes included
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
Roots and Wings Distillery Double Vice (coffee infused vodka) 375 ml
Roots and Wings Distillery Great Eh (Barrel Aged Maple Syrup) 375 ml
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: email@example.com 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!