The most “LOCAL” spirit made on Vancouver Island!  

Stillhead Distillery of the Cowichan Valley has just released their new flagship Van-Isle Rye Vodka. What makes it so dramatically different? Craft distilleries only use grains from within the province of BC. Stillhead takes it one step further as they are the only distillery using 100% rye grain grown and harvested here in the Alberni Valley, near Port Alberni.

Think about that for a moment. Stillhead wants to keep Vancouver Island farmers busy and rewarded for growing amazing products, while also dramatically lowering their carbon footprint by reducing transportation distances by over 1000km, and a ferry ride. While most companies look further and further away to reduce their manufacturing costs, Stillhead looks for local solutions whenever possible.

First look: Victoria Cider Co.

We are thrilled to see another cidery tasting room now open to the public in Greater Victoria.  You can now visit Victoria Cider Co’s West Saanich Orchard and Tasting Room Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am – 6pm.

Hey Happy Coffee adds booze to its new summer menu

Hey Happy Coffee is a local coffee shop that serves internationally roasted coffees, specialty drinks, unique flavoured pastries, and artistic breakfast and lunch dishes that will make you take out your phone and take a picture to share with your friends on social media. Rob Kettner opened Hey Happy in 2014, and what began as just a one-room coffee shop, has now expanded to a contemporary casual eat-in restaurant with a varied food menu. The summer menu features many new refreshing flavours and chilled specialty drinks, alongside newly introduced wine, beer, and spirits, offering a host of summer cocktails.