summer adventures

Meet the Maker: Stillhead Distillery


Cowichan Valley's newest craft distillery
Stillhead Distillery is founded by husband and wife team, Brennan and Erica Colebank, along with parents, Ron and Christal. Opening its doors in October 2017, this Cowichan Valley distillery crafts premium gin and vodka from locally grown grains and botanicals. 

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Meet: Brennan Colebank
After working many years in the tech industry, Brennan Colebank left to pursue his dream of starting a craft distillery in the Cowichan Valley.

Brennan’s true passion in distilling lies in creating new and exciting spirits from BC farm produce. His favourite projects involve aging spirits in wood, and experimenting with different barrels types and distilling techniques to produce fine spirits. When he’s not distilling, Brennan spends most of his free time on the river or ocean. 

Why we love them
Alongside their tasty products, Stillhead Distillery is committed to supporting local habitat restoration and donates to local environment focused charities.



Our Recommendations:

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Prime 23 Gin

A classic London dry style gin, with a BC botanical twist!

$37.99, 750 ml

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Prime 1 Vodka

A clean and smooth vodka perfect for any cocktail.

$22.49, 375 ml

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Wild Blackberry Vodka

Infused with local, wild Blackberries and no artificial colours or flavours.

$24.99, 375 ml


By: Ann Brydle, Quadra GM, Certified Sommelier & Sherry Specialist

Summer Adventures: Beach Beverages


By: Jessie Fowler, Eagle Creek GM, ISG Level 2 / WSET Level 2

Summertime adventures wouldn't be complete without a day on the beach. Check out our favourite refreshing beach bevvies that are the perfect accompaniment to sand, sun and surf.

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Tod Creek Mala-hop

Now available in can, this local favourite is designed for the beach. Dry with a refreshing hoppiness.

$15.49 (4x355 ml)
Victoria, BC

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Nude Vodka Soda Mixer Pack

This low calorie, zero sugar vodka soda will keep you cool on those hot summer days. Bonus: proceeds go towards the BC SPCA.

$24.49 (12x355ml)
Vancouver, BC

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No Boats On Sunday Cider

Light and easy drinking. This Halifax cider is now being made in BC with local apples.

On sale: $12.99 (Reg. $13.99) (4x473ml) Okanagan, BC

Summer Adventures: Backpack Brews


By: Jeremy Pott, Regional Operations Manager, Certified Cicerone®

If sitting around the lake or campfire after a long day of climbing mountains is more your style, then fill your backpack with these easy-drinking and lightweight crisp beers!


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Powell Street Dive Bomb Dark Ale

Keeping warm around the campfire sometimes calls for a darker beer. Dive Bomb Dark Ale is light, refreshing and sessionable. Flavours of caramel, toffee, chocolate and nuts with just the right amount of bitterness on the finish. Tastes great with smores!

$12.99 (4x473ml)
Vancouver, BC

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Driftwood Brewery Arcus Dry Pilsner

Clean, crisp and refreshing. The perfect beer after a long hike. 

$6.29 (650ml)
Victoria, BC

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Category 12 Hiatus Cucumber and Lemon Farmhouse Ale

Escape the daily grind and take a "haitus" on the lake. This rustic, slightly earthy ale is brightened with cucumber and lemon zest. The perfect pairing with sunshine and lake dips.

$13.29 (4x473ml)
Saanich, BC

Summer Adventures: Patio Sippers


By: Ann Brydle, Quadra GM, Certified Sommelier & Sherry Specialist

Does the summer sun have you running for your best friend's patio? Make sure to grab one of these bottles to quench your thirst and keep you cool.

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Roche Arôme

This wine is an aromatic explosion of honey suckle, tropical fruits and spring blossoms that finishes surprisingly dry. A perfect accompaniment to lounging on a sunny afternoon.

$21.49 (750ml)
Okanagan Valley, BC

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Les Auzines Alaina Rosé

No summer wine list is complete without a peachy-pink rosé, and this one is sure to please. A strawberry and raspberry nose gives way to juicy grapefruit acidity and a long lavender finish.

$23.49 (750ml)
Languedoc, France

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Evel Vinho Branco

There's more than just Port in Portugal! The aromatic blend of flowers, orchard fruit and melons in this wine will complement any summer dish, from seafood to salad.

$18.49 (750ml)
Douro, Portugal