Saturday , 8 May 2021
From left, owners Todd Ree, Randy Fadden, Rod Fadden and Tom Hartwell; with Town of Vermilion Mayor Caroline McAuley.

Copper Cork Distillery celebrated for strong first year

Mayor Caroline McAuley presented the Copper Cork Distillery with a plaque last week in celebration of their contributions toward the economic development of the Town of Vermilion.

Within their first year of business, they have been recognized locally, as well as provincially.

Copper Cork Distillery was the recipient of two judges selections at the Alberta Beverage Awards for their flavours, Vi’s Raspberry Moonshine and Sweet Almond Spirit.

A photograph of another of their creative spirits, Ruby Gin, was featured in the September issue of Culinaire magazine.

Co-owner, Todd Ree, was grateful to receive the plaque and said their recent recognition helped to reaffirm what they are doing.

The business pays homage to each of the owner’s grandmothers by way of naming their still and fermentation tanks, and incorporates local heritage with handmade features and prohibition-era decor.

“The response to the distillery is shocking,” said Ree.

“We have a great local following, and we appreciate that others are acknowledging that our product tastes good. The town has been incredibly supportive of everything we’ve done, and we’re happy to offer a unique component to the town’s identity.”

He said neighbouring businesses have supported one another, forming their own little community along the street.

“This is such a unique business,” said Mayor Caroline McAuley.

“The ambience and character provide a nice atmosphere for meetings, conference, and live music. It’s a gem and a jewel in our community and has initiated great economic development.

Economic Development Officer, Mary Lee Prior, said that the distillery has developed an ongoing tourism draw to Vermilion and makes for a great end to a shopping day in Vermilion.

Copper Cork is a family friendly establishment and always has specials or events on the go.

Currently, they are preparing to welcome Manitoba country music artist, Richard Inman, on September 19.

Growing up on George Jones and Johnny Cash Inman is also known as a talented songwriter, and is expected to perform a deep, relatable show.

As far as their spirits are concerned, Copper Cork has a few specialty Grad labels remaining and will continue creating delectable combinations.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect after leaving traditional newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.