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local lore of waters & drink

short stories of Sheringham Distillery

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MOONSHINE ON THE RIVER

The inspiration for Sheringham Distillery was found in an empty bottle. In 2003 co-founder, Jason MacIsaac lived west of Sheringham Pt. in a cabin. There he unearthed a number of old glass moonshine bottles from the notorious Jordan River Hotel which was rumoured to have had a still operating in the cellar. With a "wild west" reputation, it was the nearest liquor establishment to Sheringham Pt. The hotel was built in 1935 at the river mouth where ocean swell pounded at its door, and in 1984 it burned to the ground.

Sheringham Distillery's Coastal Craft Spirits ~ Notoriously Smooth.

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GOLD TURNED INTO WHISKY

The cabin that Jason MacIsaac lived in was built in the late 1930’s and the original owners of the cabin operated a sluice box at a nearby creek. At the end of a successful year they collected enough gold to buy whisky for the local community’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

Local Ingredients and Steadfast Craftsmanship is Sheringham Distillery's "Gold" used to create our Coastal Craft Spirits.

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WILLIAM’S WHITE ~ A NAME COMPLETE IN ITSELF

Our William's White, Double Distilled Grain Spirit (a.k.a. White Whisky/Moonshine) originates from the middle names of co-founder, Jason William MacIsaac and his Father, Joseph William MacIsaac. By coincidence Sheringham Point is also associated with the name William. In 1846, Sheringham Point was named by Captain Kellett of the Royal Navy survey ship HMS Herald in memory of Commander William Louis Sheringham R.N., a British surveying officer. Sheringham's sailing charts have been collected as works of art.

Sheringham Distillery's William's White ~ of polished composition & character, a spirit to seek out.

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RUNNING THE STRAIT IN THE SAME BOAT

Sheringham Distillery overlooks the infamous rum running route of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. During the prohibition era (1920's - 1930's) ships ran the Strait to Washington's Olympic Peninsula smuggling Whisky on a regular basis (by coincidence Sheringham Pt. west to Sombrio Pt. is a designated Naval practice range called “WH ~ Whiskey Hotel”). At the time exporting liquor from Canada was not illegal, yet importing it to the United States was.

Our Coastal Craft Spirits can only be purchased in British Columbia, Canada, so we're in the same boat (well not quite!). We won't be running the Strait so you will just have to come visit us or find our Spirits at fine local establishments!

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A LITTLE SPRING IN THE WATER OF LIFE

Sheringham Distillery's on-site natural spring originating from a crystalline rock aquifer is the source of water for our Coastal Craft Spirits. We are surrounded by flora and fauna of the West Coast Temperate Rainforest dependent on this water. The word “Vodka” means “Little Water” or “Water of Life”.

Our spring water is Sheringham Distillery’s literal "Aqua Vitae", it inspirits us and our Spirits too.

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A MERMAID & SEASIDE SERENDIPITY

Searching for local botanicals for our Gin, we came across a living Mermaid on French Beach named Amanda Swinimer, a.k.a. Mermaid of the Pacific of Dakini Tidal Wilds. Her hand-harvested sustainable Winged Kelp (Alaria marginata) brings the lure of the ocean to our Seaside Gin. With a view of the sea, the fresh salt air, our road named Seaside Drive and a Mermaid down the street, it was serendipitous to add Seaside Gin to our Coastal Craft Spirits.

Sheringham Distillery's Seaside Gin ~ Enjoy the Stroll.

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SCANDINAVIAN SPIRIT

The renown Victorian bartender, Shawn Soole of S2 Hospitality Concepts asked Sheringham Distillery to collaborate in producing a Vancouver Island Akvavit (a.k.a. Aquavit) after he fell in love with this Obscure Nordic Spirit traveling in Iceland. Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands are known for a spirit of self reliance, which was also found in the many Scandinavian settlers (from Norway, Sweden, Denmark & Finland) that homesteaded this rugged coast, living off the land and ocean from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. From the land we added caraway, dill and other botanicals; from the ocean we added Dakini Tidal Wilds hand-harvested sustainable Winged Kelp (Alaria marginata).

Sheringham Distillery's Akvavit ~ of Tranquil Unsung Fortitude

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FAVORITE IN THE DRINK

Sheringham Distillery is located on the West Coast of Southern Vancouver Island over looking the Juan de Fuca Strait. We feel duty-bound to embrace a sailing vessel as our symbol. Southern Vancouver Island has a collection of ships from lighthouse tenders, shipwrecks to rum runners. We adopted the schooner "Favorite" built in 1896 (38km East of Sheringham Pt.), handcrafted locally like our spirits.

Sheringham Distillery's Coastal Craft Spirits ~ A local "Favorite” underway.