40 B.C. distilleries will pour their best at upcoming BC Distilled tasting event

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Your chance to taste and discover spirits from 40 distilleries from around the province will be Saturday, April 14 at the annual BC Distilled.

Canada’s biggest artisan and micro-distillery event continues to grow, with 12 new distilleries featured among the nearly four dozen slated to take part in 2018’s festivities.

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“British Columbia is the leader in artisan distilling in Canada,” said festival founder Alex Hamer. “BC Distilled is the best opportunity for fans of local spirits to try what the province has to offer, and meet the people who make these great spirits.”

At the public tasting event, attendees will have the chance to sip and mingle, and the opportunity to chat with reps from the 40 distilleries pouring their spirits. Among them will be many of the recently-awarded winners of the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition, including Odd Society Spirits Mia Amata, Victoria Distillers Empress 1908 Gin, Merridale Cidery & Distillery Cowichan Copper Gin, and Wayward Distillation House Depth Charge–all gold medal winners.

If what you taste compels you to want to add a bottle to your home bar, there will be an onsite Legacy Liquor pop-up shop.

A week prior to the tasting event is the popular Distillers Dinner at Vancouver’s esteemed Forage restaurant. Chef Chris Whittaker will feature six cocktail and spirit samples from BC distilleries, paired with six terroir-based courses.

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Here are all 40 of the distilleries participating at the Tasting Event for BC Distilled 2018:

The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery
After Dark Distillery Ltd.
Ampersand Distilling Company
Bohemian Spirits Ltd
Central City Brewers & Distillers
Crow’s Nest Distillery
De Vine Wines & Spirits
Deep Cove Distillers
Dragon Mist Distillery
The Dubh Glas Distillery
Fermentorium Distilling Co.
Gillespie’s Fine Spirits
Goodridge&Williams Distilling
Legend Distilling
The Liberty Distillery
Long Table Distillery
Lucid Spirits
Mad Laboratory Distilling
Maple Leaf Spirits Inc.
Merridale Cidery & Distillery
Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery
Moon Distillery Ltd.
Odd Society Spirits
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery
Old Order Distilling Co.
Resurrection Spirits Inc.
Roots and Wings Distillery
Salt Spring Shine Craft Distillery
Shelter Point Distillery
Sheringham Distillery
Sons of Vancouver Distillery
StillHead Distillery
Tailored Spirits
Taynton Bay Spirits
True North Distilleries
Tumbleweed Spirits
Victoria Distillers
Wayward Distillation House
The Woods Spirit Company
Yaletown Distilling Company

BC Distilled’s Public Tasting takes places on Saturday, April 14 from 6 to 9 pm at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3520 Commercial Drive, Vancouver). The Distillers Dinner is Friday, April 6 at 7 pm. Tickets to both events are on sale now.

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Lindsay is a Senior Writer at Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive and Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com