A talk with Glendalough Distillery’s Donal O’Gallachoir

By Shelley Boettcher

When it comes to Irish whiskey, most casual drinkers in Canada can name one, maybe two labels. Not much more. But if Donal O’Gallachoir has his way, there will be at least one more name added to that list. O’Gallachoir and four friends are the founders of Glendalough (pronounced Glenda-lock) Distillery.

Levenswater, love and gin

By Shelley Boettcher

Paul Allamby is one of the founders of Levenswater, a Canadian distillery located in and maker of Levenswater Spring 34, an award-winning dry pink gin made from potatoes and 34 botanicals.

Recipe: Hornitos Reposado Paloma

It's almost time for Halloween and, with that, comes the Day of the Dead. If you're looking for a spooky Mexican-themed cocktail, consider this one, made with Hornitos Reposado Tequila. The word "reposado" means...

Beerfest in a Box

You, like me, may be missing beer festivals this year. Covid-19 has taken away that pleasure, at least for this year. But the clever folks at Alberta...

Recipe: Leaves of Change

Made with the beautiful purple-blue Empress 1908 Gin, this creative cocktail takes advantage of this fall’s fresh crop of Okanagan pears, too

From construction to cuvees

By Shelley Boettcher

The smell of the vineyards during harvest. Dust. Soil. The sweet scent of the grapes, like honey. The sound of bees, and the workers singing and laughing when they were finally finished picking for another year.

That’s what Ermengildo (“Joe,” to pretty much everyone) Giusti remembers about being a child growing up on a farm in Italy’s Veneto region.

If you like pina coladas…

International Pina Colada Day takes place July 10 and, if you've never had one of the sweet, powerful drinks, here's the perfect time.

The Pina Colada was...

Recipe: Mountain Hops cocktail

Here's a cocktail to try today, from Burwood Distillery and the bartending team at the award-winning restaurant The Bison, in Banff, Alberta. Burwood is a small distillery is located in Calgary, Canada. It has...

Just brew it

By Shelley Boettcher

Behind every great cup of coffee, there are dedicated coffee lovers—the roasters, baristas and buyers. They find us the world’s best...