Alberta Distilling overview

With world class grain production and the world’s largest malt facilities, Alberta has already shown it has the capacity to be the center of a world renaissance in distilling.

The distilled spirits industry has a long, storied and successful history in the province of Alberta. 

From questionable beginnings in the late 1800s and Fort Hamilton, to pioneers in the modern era such as Alberta Distillers, Highwood and Black Velvet.

That history is entering a new phase of development with the incredible growth of boutique premium and ultra-premium spirit categories driven by a North American resurgence of hand crafted distilling. 

Alberta is perfectly positioned to capitalize on this exciting growth opportunity purely on the strength of our superior grain, glacier fed streams and Albertan entrepreneurial spirit. 

The Alberta advantage of a regulatory environment that has traditionally supported entrepreneurial innovation is a critical component to ensure the rapid growth of the craft spirit industry in the province.

The distilled spirits industry has a long, storied and successful history in the province of Alberta. 

From questionable beginnings in the late 1800s and Fort Hamilton to pioneers in the modern era such as Alberta Distillers, Highwood Distillery and Black Velvet, new Alberta craft distilleries are ready to take on the challenge of growing the industry.

 Courtsey of the Glenbow Archives

Courtsey of the Glenbow Archives


That history is entering a new phase of development with the incredible growth of boutique premium and ultra-premium spirit categories driven by a North American resurgence of hand crafted distilling. 

Alberta is perfectly positioned to capitalize on this exciting growth opportunity purely on the strength of our superior grain, glacier fed streams and Albertan entrepreneurial spirit. 

Agriculture is an added beneficiary to industry growth, creating at-home markets for value added ingredients.

Alberta stands to benefit from the craft distilling boom more than other juridications, as it has all the assets to foster huge and rapid industry growth; the province already leads the continent in premium grain production, malting and other foundational assets.

The Alberta advantage of a regulatory environment that has traditionally supported entrepreneurial innovation is a critical component to ensure the rapid growth of the craft spirit industry in the province.