A Cochrane family with a taste for adventure has started up one of the province’s first craft distilleries.
Susan Ransom and Michael Guenzel are the owners of Visioncraft, a successful laser check printing software company operating in town since the 1980s. A few years ago, the couple went looking for a way to spice up their lives with a new venture.
“We got bored,” said Ransom with a laugh, adding they considered buying a vineyard – until they took a tour of Iron Works Distillery in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia. “We walked in and saw the still and said, ‘That’s what we want to do.’”
“It’s kind of cool. It’s different,” echoed husband Michael.
After four years of working through red tape to secure a licence, purchasing specialized equipment and searching for a suitable location, Krang Spirits quietly opened its doors at 315 1st Street East a couple of weeks ago.
The company offers a premium vodka, along with a small slate of liqueurs, including Krupnik spiced honey, Persephone floral berry and Bad Billy chocolate coffee aperitifs.
Distiller Travis Green said it’s been a process of “trial and error” to achieve the unique and smooth flavours he hopes Krang will come to be known for.
“We started with a really traditional recipe and then tweaked it for our tastes,” he said. “We’re making things that are different … It’s definitely fun.”