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Globe and Mail - North Vancouver distilling school offers a crash course in bootstrapping a business

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CHARLENE ROOKE

The carnival-style letters on this North Vancouver light-industrial building say “Distillery,” but omit the words describing the second business that operates there: The Distillery School. With Canada’s artisan distilling scene booming, it’s one of a handful of Canadian courses for knowledge-thirsty potential distillers who want hands-on learning.

In the United States, where the number of small distilleries grew by 15.5 per cent in the past year, craft-distillery sales are up 23.7 per cent by volume and 29.9 per cent by value. In Canada, just 32 small distilleries in 2012 have grown to almost 150 today.

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