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Toronto Distillery Co.’s Constitutional Challenge: Losing a Battle, Winning the War? April 03 2016

Toronto, Ontario – April 2nd, 2016 – It’s been one hell of a ride for Toronto Distillery Co. this past year! In July 2015, TDC filed a constitutional challenge against the province’s revenue collection practices vis-à-vis Ontario distillery onsite retail stores. Currently, Ontario has no spirits tax, so instead the Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) requires distilleries sign a contract with the LCBO to give the LCBO almost half of the...

The Beer Store Debate & Ontario’s Policy Quagmire April 25 2014

By Charles Benoit Seems like everyone who’s paying attention gets that Ontario is uniquely screwed up when it comes to beer retail. And thanks to the efforts of the OCSA, more and more people are paying attention, which is great. But how precisely do we fix that? And what about the Wine Rack? And of course, what about the LCBO? To answer these questions, it helps to consider precisely how...

Toronto Star: Made-in-Toronto moonshine now at the LCBO December 21 2013

Press Release: Canada's First & Only Certified Organic Moonshine Whisky - RIGHT IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS December 17 2013

Whisky Live highlights November 04 2013

Necktags from Paperhouse Studio September 26 2013

Update: Going Organic & First Bar July 11 2013

Main Still Live June 04 2013

*Almost there!*  Chris, our natural gas guy and young father of six, did a wonderful job of helping us install our main still as well as set up a shroud and chimney for it.  We've since been playing with different configurations and mash bills.  We had six bubble cap trays in our still, but removed two.  Too much separation and we'd be making something closer to vodka.  Davin says in his...

On the CBC! April 18 2013

What is Grain Spirit, and Cutting Through the BS February 19 2013

When you tell people you're starting a distillery, they logically ask "what'll you be making?". Our answer is grain spirits (plural), which usually leads to the next question, "what are grain spirits"? The Canadian government defines "grain spirit" as: an alcoholic distillate, obtained from a mash of cereal grain or cereal grain products saccharified by the diastase of malt or by other enzymes and fermented by the action of yeast...

Learning about Bar Codes January 18 2013

File this one under "things you never think about (and costs you never accounted for) when starting a distillery".  Note: there are a lot of filings under this heading. Today's unexpected cost is $565, but it came with an education.  And there's something nice about having a genuine understanding of something that shows up in your daily life.  I'm glad I have a rough understanding of why the sky changes colour....

First Post and Useful Tips December 14 2012

Things I learned driving into Canada with a still: When you import things for your business into Canada by car, use the commercial lane, even though you're driving a Hyundai sedan and will have to shout up to the inspection agent in his 8' tall booth. You will use DOS software to declare your goods. If you need help, hit F2. If you're importing a still by yourself, be prepared....