Fernie Distillers to open this winter season, 2018

Fernie Distillers team, Andrew Hayden and Jillian Rutherford

Fernie Distillers, operated by husband and wife duo Andrew Hayden and Jillian Rutherford, have been working hard and are in the final stages of renovating their location on 1st Avenue in downtown Fernie, BC. With plans to open this winter, Fernie Distillers will be the first licensed craft distillery situated in Fernie, East Kootenays producing small batches of vodka, liqueurs, seasonal spirits and barrel-aged products with a modern branding approach that draws inspiration from the rich history of the community. Rutherford will head up production and is one of the few female distillers in Canada.

“We look forward to being a part of the revitalization of 1st Avenue and our location adjacent to the future Station Square couldn’t be better,” says Hayden. Rutherford adds, “We are grateful to have the relationship with the Fernie Legion that allowed us to purchase part of their property. We are delighted to have them as neighbours and we’ve become dedicated advocates of theirs.”

Renovations of the 3,200sqft building will result in a modern production facility, tasting room and lounge. The lounge and patio will be a new and unique venue available to rent for special events.

Fernie Distillers tagline “Local Spirit. Distilled.” is representative of their dedication to fine spirits that reflect the community of Fernie and its environment.

“We are passionate about making quality products and are excited to share the result with the community this winter,” says Rutherford.

Stay tuned for confirmed dates of this exciting new business to our community!