Lacombe, Alberta is a craft beverage destination! It has been on our bucket list for a while and we finally made the trip. Lacombe is a beautiful little town in central Alberta that just happens to have some excellent local businesses to check out.
Our first stop was Old Prairie Sentinel Distillery. We did some sampling, enjoyed some cocktails and gobbled down a spent grain pretzel!
My favourite of their spirts was the Prairie Berry Dry Gin, whose description also serves very well to describe their branding:
In every small-town-Alberta was a grain elevator that stood steadfast in its purpose to provide identity and gainful services to the community therein. Along-side these “prairie sentinels” and edging pathways to-and-fro often grew bushes rife with wild berries rendering a summer afternoon stroll lucrative in its bounty. These succulent wild berries, the scents and sounds of prairie summers and the soothing satisfaction that quiet contemplation brings are the inspiration for Prairie Berry Dry Gin, meticulously crafted in the London Dry style using botanicals such as saskatoon berries, juniper berries, raspberries, black currants and a variety of others.
I love the addition of interesting local berries to give this gin a unique prairie feel.
We also tried the rest of the line up:
Barrel Spice Distilled Gin
Its a smooth and full-bodied Gin that is an adaptation of an “unregulated” Moonshine recipe, which was produced locally in the early 1900s. Rich flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, espresso bean, cloves, vanilla, orange peel, ginger, star anise and sarsaparilla root are subdued and accented by charred barrel oak resting, smoothly balancing a barrel-strength 47% alcohol.
Premium Single Malt Vodka
A whisky hibrid of sorts, our Premium Single Malt Vodka showcases Alberta’s exception barley growers and maltsters.
Pickled Pepper Flavoured Vodka
We intensify our Single Malt Vodka with our own savory, sour and spicy pickled pepper brine to lend a bold dimension to our Province’s classic cocktail.
The bartender told us that this vodka is great to mix with Clamato juice for a super easy Caesar cocktail (invented in Calgary, Alberta!). In addition, the spent peppers used to flavour this vodka were served on the pretzel!
It was nice to have some snacks to go with the liquor and prepare us for the rest of our journey. They also served quite an extensive list of cocktails in their taproom – some classics and quite a few with a nice prairie twist.
Old Prairie Sentinel Distillery is located right next to Blindman Brewery and quite close to Cilanto and Chive, a craft beverage/local food focused restaurant. A visit to these three local businesses makes the perfect day trip from Edmonton.
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