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Vancouver, BC, December 12, 2016 – The Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDE) announces the certification of Wayward Distillation House, the Distillery ÉCONOMUSÉE®, joining six other sites on Vancouver Island that are members of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® international brand. The official launch, which also celebrated their second anniversary, was held yesterday at Wayward Distillation House in the heart of the Comox Valley, Courtenay B.C.
The public was invited to tour their custom designed still, enjoy a mini cocktail and make their own Wayward Krupnick, a handcrafted spiced honey liqueur.
Wayward Distillation House produces true craft artisan spirits using the subtle and complex character of B.C. wild clover honey as the starting point, blending tradition and creativity — with audacious results. Their signature spirits are Unruly Vodka with a subtle hint of sweetness, and Unruly Gin infused with local organic botanicals. They also create seasonally changing ultra small batch spirits.
SDE was honoured to welcome Don McRae, MLA for Comox Valley, Paul Ives, Mayor of the Town of Comox and representative of the Island Coastal Economic Trust, and Councillor Manno Theos of the City of Courtenay to the event.
From left to right: Mayor Paul Ives, Lorraine Plourde, SDE, Andrea and Dave Brimacombe, Owners, and Don McRae, MLA
“We are proud to support a growing network of artisans and agrifood entrepreneurs in British Columbia through certification by ÉCONOMUSÉE®. Their commitment to educating the public about traditional skills, innovative techniques and authentic products encourages cultural tourism and sustainable economic development in their communities,” says Donald Cyr, Executive Director at SDE.
The ÉCONOMUSÉE® British Columbia Artisans at Work initiative promotes authentic and traditional artisan trades as viable economic opportunities that contribute to regional economic development, sustainable communities, agrifood and cultural tourism. The ÉCONOMUSÉE® trademark is an internationally recognized brand that represent a global network of artisans who open their workshops to the public.
For this launch we gratefully acknowledges the warm reception and support of the Économusée Network Society and the financial contributions of the Government of Canada, the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Island Coastal Economic Trust.