Roberts Creek distillery named ‘audience choice’

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.

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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.

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