Canada has been witnessing an increased interest in crafted beer and cider in the recent years. Now, the spirits from Atlantic Canadian distilleries are also hitting the Canadian market.
The inaugural Canadian artisan spirit competition was held recently in the country. Some distilleries in New Brunswick have won the medals in the competition.
The competition judge, Craig Pinhey, is of opinion that spirit business in the country is becoming equal to the craft beer obsession. According to Pinhey, the competition had some good winners.
Among the smallest distilleries in Atlantic Canada, “Winegarden” turned out to be the best. They received gold for their anis and few silvers as well. Blue Roof vodka distillery from BaieVerte region won silver for their two vodkas.
Pinhey said that it took the judges about two months to test the spirit vials as the alcohol content of the spirits were greater than that of wines and beers.
Some of the class of spirits in the competition included aged gin, aged spirits, Vermouth, Gin, Vodka, infused vodka, Whisky, white spirits, Rum, whiskey aged under three years, etc.
He is hoping that more distilleries from the New Brunswick area will take part in the competition next year.