Okanagan Spirits Wins Artisan Distillery of the Year at 2022 Canadian Whiskey Awards – Vernon News


Vernon’s Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery won gold at the prestigious 2022 Canadian Whiskey Awards.

It won the title Artisan Distillery of the Year and took home three gold medals for its BRBN bourbon-style whiskey, BLK BRBN cask-strength bourbon and Black Laird of Fintry cask-strength single-malt whiskey.

It also won silver medals for its Laird of Fintry single malt and Blue Laird rum cask finished single malt, and a bronze for its Okanagan Spirits BC Rye Whiskey.

The family-owned distillery with locations in Vernon and Kelowna has won several international awards over the last two decades.

“This has really lifted our spirits,” said CEO Tyler Dyck.

“To be honored by Canada’s leading whiskey competition and to be recognized with so many of the best awards across so many whiskey categories is a real tribute to our distillation team, to my family and to the local farmers who grow the grains that have earned a space for our whiskey on the national and international stage. “

Dyck says he and his family believe that purchasing local grain and fruit, from field to bottle, is the cornerstone of craft distillation. In this way, the spirit captures “the subtleties of Okanagan’s fields and orchards”, and the taste profile is unique and specific to the region.

The Okanagan Spirits was the first craft distillery to fire up a copper pot in BC. since the Prohibition era.

Since then, it has become a leader in modernizing industrial policy in BC and Canada.

Dyck, who is also president of the Craft Distiller’s Guild of BC and the Canadian Craft Distillers Alliance, says: “The reforms we continue to fight for aim to ensure the authenticity of traditional production techniques and to remain closely linked to the local terroir. using only local agricultural products in the creation of our spirits. “

This was the first year the Okanagan Spirits participated in the national competition.

“Representing our local region on the Canadian stage and getting away with so many medals is amazing,” said Okanagan Spirit President and Family Patriarch Tony Dyck. “Our entire team is so honored to be in the company of some of the best distilleries from across Canada, as well as the commercial, multinational companies. It’s going to take some time to sink in. I’m so proud.”

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