Pemberton Distillery

Organic ingredients meet glacier water near Whistler, BC

Pemberton Distillery crafts certified organic spirits entirely from scratch, with glacial water in the mix.

Pemberton Distillery launched in 2008, well before British Columbia’s new wave of craft distillers. Its production plant is located a 30-minute drive north of Whistler Village, in the Pemberton Business Park.   Shane Roy

Pemberton Distillery launched in 2008, well before British Columbia’s new wave of craft distillers. Its production plant is located a 30-minute drive north of Whistler Village, in the Pemberton Business Park. Shane Roy

The Village of Pemberton—Whistler’s nearest neighbor to the north—sits amid a majestic surround of rivers, lakes, mountains and glaciers.   Shane Roy

The Village of Pemberton—Whistler’s nearest neighbor to the north—sits amid a majestic surround of rivers, lakes, mountains and glaciers. Shane Roy

Established in 2008, Pemberton Distillery (near Whistler) is a 100% organic booze-maker run by husband and wife Tyler and Lorien Schramm. Pemberton—a fertile mountain valley located 20 miles (32 km) north of the skiing, snowboarding and other fun at Whistler Blackcomb—has a hundred-year history of farming, and is known in particular for its seed potatoes. The Schramms use local, organic spuds (and other organic produce, much of it from the Pemberton Valley) to craft small batches of vodka, gin, whiskey, absinthe and an interesting range of liqueurs (including rarities like kartoffelschnaps).

All spirits are made without artificial or chemical additives, genetically modified ingredients or computerized processes. The Schramms start with raw ingredients, prepare their own mash and fermentation, and operate their stills by hand. Their secret sauce: Glacier-fed river water, Arnold Holstein pot stills and all that meticulous care.

Located a thirty-minute drive north of Whistler at 1954 Venture Place, Pemberton, BC. Tours by appointment and for a small fee. Or, taste Pemberton Distillery’s spirits at many of Whistler’s popular restaurants and bars. www.pembertondistillery.ca

Pemberton Distillery’s range of organic spirits includes gin, vodka, single malt whisky, barrel-aged apple brandy, coffee liqueur and more.   Adam Jaime    |    Unsplash

Pemberton Distillery’s range of organic spirits includes gin, vodka, single malt whisky, barrel-aged apple brandy, coffee liqueur and more. Adam Jaime | Unsplash

Pemberton Distillery’s spirits are featured at many of  Whistler ’s restaurants and bars, including the popular (and infamous) Longhorn Saloon.  Justa Jeskova | Courtesy Tourism Whistler

Pemberton Distillery’s spirits are featured at many of Whistler’s restaurants and bars, including the popular (and infamous) Longhorn Saloon. Justa Jeskova | Courtesy Tourism Whistler