A unique recipe earned Roberts Creek’s Bruinwood Estate Distillery the Audience Choice Award for best liqueur at the recent BC Distilled Spirits Festival.
The festival was held April 6 in Vancouver and featured 40 of the province’s leading distilleries, including the other Sunshine Coast distilleries, 101 Brewhouse and Distillery and One Foot Crow.
The winning spirit from Bruinwood was their Advocaat, described as “a creamy eggnog-like beverage of Dutch heritage.”
Jeff Barringer of Bruin-wood said their version is loosely based on the version commonly available in Europe – a rich mix of cream, egg, sugar and vodka – and Bruinwood spent months developing a modern recipe based on a time honoured multi-generational family recipe.
He said taking home the Audience Choice Award, voted on by the roughly 600 festival attendees, was a significant achievement given that this was their first year entering and they were up against stiff competition from dozens of well-established distilleries.
Barringer and Danise Lofstrom opened the Bruinwood distillery only eight months ago.