Pemberton Distillery featured in National Geographic
Photo by Dave Steers
Posted on Friday, February 03, 2012
The Pemberton Distillery was recently included in The Top 10 Eats & Drinks in Whistler by National Geographic's Digital Nomad. The article gives kudos to Pemberton's farms as the source for Whistler's top restaurants.
Pemberton Distillery is an organic artisan distillery that began as an idea back in 2003. Tyler Schramm and his brother, Jonathan, were discussing Jonathan’s small potato farm in the Pemberton Valley and came up with the concept of the distillery. Pemberton is also known as “Spud Valley” and is one of British Columbia’s prime agricultural areas and is an international supplier of seed and table potatoes. The brothers realized that Pemberton potatoes and pristine glacial waters from the Pemberton valley’s creeks would provide the perfect ingredients for high quality vodka.
The three Schramm brothers, Tyler, Jonathan and Jake, built the distillery during the winter of 2008, and in the spring of 2009 Tyler carefully distilled the first batch of locally grown organic potatoes. That August, the first cases of Schramm Vodka, shipped out to British Columbians. Less than a year later, Schramm Vodka was awarded ‘Double Gold’ and ‘Spirit of the Year’ at the 2010 World Spirits Awards held in Austria, regarded by industry experts as one of the toughest spirits competitions in the world.
In September 2010, Pemberton Distillery produced the first small run of organic single malt whisky using organic malted barley from British Columbia and pristine mountain water. Master Distiller, Tyler Schramm, prepares the entire mash and carries out the fermentation on site. “...We stick to tradition and add absolutely nothing to our mash or finished spirit. Water, malt and yeast are our only ingredients!” says Tyler. The whisky will age in American Oak ex-Bourbon casks for a minimum of three years.
Pemberton Distillery is open on Fridays and Saturdays for guided tours and tastings. Discover how artisan spirits are handcrafted in small batches from beautiful regionally grown organic ingredients. You can then Sample award winning spirits in the cozy tasting room! Tastings are complimentary and guided tours are $5 per person. Visit Pemberton Distillery for information on opening hours.
The Pemberton Distillery is also a sponsor of our upcoming snowmobiling promotion and contest. Stay tuned as in February you will have the chance to win a Pemberton snowmobiling adventure of a lifetime. Make sure you ‘like’ the Tourism Pemberton BC Facebook page to stay up to date on the snowmobiling contest....