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In pursuit of the unconventional, truly unique, flavour-forward spirits & cocktails

 Brewed, Fermented, Distilled & Bottled on-site 

We source only  100% BC grown fermentables & grow many of our own botanicals

(Classified in BC as a 'Craft Distillery')

WHISKY - RElease Dec. 2018

Our inaugural release of our Single Malt Whisky will be released this December.


$55 tax incl. / 500ml btl | Contact:

Limited release of ~500 bottles


Distilled using 100% BC GROWN MALTED BARLEY

Aged 3+ years in Ex-bourbon casks

Distilled with traditional copper pot & column still

Blended to 43% alc./vol

Non-chill filtered

Tasting Notes: Pear, milk chocolate and vanilla with viscous and round texture




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The Empiric Gin is centered around the merger of classic botanicals such as Juniper and coriander  along side west coast staples such as hops, rosemary lavender  and the unique addition of lemon verbena imparting the gin's citrus tones.  Epically floral yet well balanced.  

Name and packaging are inspired from the historical 'Empiric Death Doctors’ noted to have worn beak-like masks stuffed with aromatic botanicals and said to have used various Juniper based tinctures to ward off such ailments as the plague. Their practices are thought to be one of the early origin myths of Gin itself.

750ml/40% ABV





Baba Yaga Genuine Absinthe is distilled traditionally with grand wormwood, anise, fennel, lemon balm, and mint. Blended to 60%Abv the finished spirit is then rested and steeped in more herbs and botanicals yielding it's natural green/ chartreuse colour. (BabaYaga Absinthe is naturally coloured and therefore a natural chlorophyl precipitate may occur in bottle over time)

Prepare by pouring over ice or blending drop wise slowly with ice cold water to release its herbal oils and develop an opal cloud ('louche').  

TASTING NOTES: Prominent sweet black liquorice, with herbal notes  alongside light citrus and mint. 

BEST ENJOYED: over ice (often as a digestif), paired with sparkling wine (aka 'Death in the Afternoon') or in cocktails to lend anise tones with a 'rinse' 



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Small-batch copper pot distilled spirit from 100% BC grown and malted barley yielding a rich viscous and smooth vodka with undertones of toast, chocolate & caramel. Distilled with European style techniques to highlight the basic characteristic of the grain (opposed to Western Style) . 

Excellent chilled & sipped on the rocks. 

AVAILABLE in 750ml , 40% ABV



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Our Grand Visco represents a BC first. Naturally-grown VancouverIsland grape varietals gave rise to a wonderfully aromatic Pisco-style Brandy. Lightly aged in ex-bourbon barrels, subtle vanilla and oak tones accompany it’s bold aromatics. Blended to 43%ABV classifies this Brandy as“Grand”. Works brilliantly in classic Pisco Sours or neat.

Limited Release; one barrel/Yr

AVAILABLE in 750ml , 43% ABV


Tasting BAR & Cocktail LoungE

Located within the distillery The Arbutus Lounge features on-site bottle sales, spirit tastings/flights, Cocktails & an in-house stone pizza oven with other food.  Come in and explore our unique spirits and/or enjoy both classic & innovative cocktails tailored around our spirits. Full Cocktail & pizza service runs Thurs-Fri-Sat evenings from 5pm until 11pm.. The lounge also  regularly runs events such as live music, trivia nights and much more. Our outdoor licensed patio is now open for the season; 



Monday:  CLOSED

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: 11 am - 6pm 

**Thursday:    11 am - 11 pm (last call)

** Friday:  11 am - 11 pm (last call)

**Saturday:     12 pm - 11 pm (last call)

Sunday:  CLOSED

***Cocktail & Food Hours start at 5pm from Thurs-Sat.


1890 Boxwood Road
Nanaimo, BC, V9S 5Y2

250 714 0027