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Spirits abound at Turner Valley’s new distillery

To say that David Farran and his team at the Eau Claire Distillery in Turner Valley are passionate about spirits would be an understatement.

The Eau Claire Distillery tasting room creates a warm, inviting environment to sample some of the most innovative and premium distilled products available in Canada and beyond.

Although the aging of hand crafted whiskey will be the primary focus of the operation housed in the circa 1923 Turner Valley Movie Theatre and Dance Hall, the team at Eau Claire have been churning out vodka, gin, Gin Rummy, and a Prickly Pear Cactus derived elixir call Spring Equinox.

Tours of the distillery will be offered so the public can see exactly how the spirits are made. Understanding the process, care, and attention put in to the products are all part of the tasting experience. You can literally smell the distillation taking place in the next room as you cozy up to the bar in a tractor seat stool to sip on a gin and tonic.

“We use seven different barrels ranging from one time use American oak bourbon barrels to one hundred year old Oloroso sherry casks,” explains Farran.

Local Alberta grown grains for the whiskeys, rosehips flavoring the gin, or Prickly Pear Cactus in the Spring Equinox are paramount to the ethos of Eau Claire Distillery.

“We like to talk about our process as farm to glass,” Farran says.

For more information and details regarding the opening of the tasting room, visit

Caption: Eau Claire Distillery owner David Farran at the distillery in Turner Valley.


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