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

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

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.