11411 Bridgeview Drive, Surrey, BC V3R 0C2 - 604 588 2337
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At Central City Brewers and Distillers, we are passionate about craft. For us, it’s not just about producing beer and spirits — it’s about our passion to create traditional, yet innovative spirits that seduce the senses and capture even the most distinguished palates.
From the Canadian barley used in our whisky to the selected Rocky Mountain Berries used in our Gin, every ingredient has been extensively planned and researched before it is used in crafting our spirits.
Each part of our distilling process is closely monitored. Beginning with finding the correct supplier with the best selected grain, to on-site milling and mashing, to finally distilling, bottling, and packaging, we embrace the same artisan mentality that we have with all our craft beers.
We craft our premium spirits on 3 state-of-the-art Holstein Stills, manufactured in Germany on 3 different sizes: 2500 litre, 1250 Litre and 500 litre, to allow greater versatility. All fitted with reflux columns and one with up to 20 plates, this Stills are capable of producing up to 90% ABV and can produce almost any spirit our distiller can imagine.
As a local small batch distillery we love to experiment with flavours and botanicals, in order to create innovative award winner Spirits that can stand impressively on their own or be serve as a delicious base for new and classic cocktails.
As part of our constant hunt for new flavours, we go beyond our reach to find unique barrels. Today, we use ex bourbon/Tennessee whiskey casks, as well as Sherry and other specialty wine casks sourced from different parts of Europe.
Recognized as one of BC’s best breweries, twice winner of the Canadian Brewery of the Year Award, Central City Brewers and Distillers, entered the world of craft distilling in 2013 with a clear passion for quality, the same innovative spirit and expertise, as they did when it was founded in 2003.
Our skillful distiller, Stuart McKinnon, started his work in 2013 at Central City, where he met Gary Lohin, our award winning craft brewer. Since then, they have embarked on this journey to produce some of the finest distilled and barrel-aged spirits of the world.
Our Vodka is distilled from 100% BC malted barley. Starting with a wash of all BC malted barley, we distill through two separate distilling columns of 4 and 20 bubble plates. We then carbon filter and add water.
Matured in premium oak barrels, this smooth and refined small batch Whisky is made from the finest Canadian Malted Barley and Pure B.C. water.
The aroma is rich with darker fruity notes like cherry or grape, subtle honey, vanilla and pleasantly woody. The golden liquid sits on the palate with a touch of green apple skins, buttery notes, woody and soft textured mouthfeel and the finish is medium length, fruity and slightly drying at the end. Best enjoyed with a splash of cold filtered water to release the full flavour of this hand crafted gem.
Jim Murray Whisky Bible - 89 POINTS
Distiller.com - 85 POINTS
San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017 SILVER - WHISKY
Judging of Craft Spirits 2017 BRONZE
Queensborough Gin is a premium hand-crafted Gin, rooted in a 17th Century traditional London Dry recipe. It exhibits some citrus notes derived from the locally sourced Juniper from BC interior, and the Spruce Tips sourced from Vancouver Island. The nose offers a pleasant floral scent, and the first taste has clear pine, rosemary, jasmine and cassia notes. The finish is a smooth citrus lengthy taste brought about by the angelica roots and local spruce tips.
San Diego International Spirits Competition 2017 DOUBLE GOLD – GIN San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017 DOUBLE GOLD – GIN San Diego International Spirits Competition 2016 GOLD – GIN Sip Awards 2016 - GOLD Sip Northwest Awards 2016 BRONZE – GIN
The Lohin McKinnon 150th Anniversary Edition started its journey in 2013; the same year Central City opened its distillery. From the first days, carefully selected barrels were set aside to age leading up to Canada's landmark birthday. Canada has a long history of Scottish influence woven into the fabric of our amazing country. By creating this unique combination of Lightly Peated and Malted Rye, we pay tribute to that joined heritage.
Distillers.com - 89 POINTS
Whisky Advocate - 87 POINTS
Lohin McKinnon combines the brewing prowess of internationally renowned Brewmaster Gary Lohin, and the distilling talents of Head Distiller Stuart McKinnon.
This brand is the beginning of Central City’s burgeoning single malt whisky
portfolio that will include aged and small batch limited releases using finishing casks and peat-smoked malt.
Revered as one of Canada’s craft beer leaders, Lohin has been passionately brewing for more than 25 years and has won numerous international awards including three World Beer Cup medals. McKinnon hails from Scotland, and has been with Central City since the company started distilling in 2013.
This smooth and refined Canadian single malt whisky was aged in bourbon casks, then finished for 6 months in VQA Black Sage Vineyard™ Pipe wine barrels, to add a rich, complex, and locally-inspired collaboration release.
Red Mahogany in colour, the aroma is earthy with notes of vanilla and prunes. The flavour is malty yet sweet, exuding big dark fruit and liquorice at the end. The finish is medium, zesty, and pleasantly drying on the roof of the mouth.