Roots and Wings Distillery is a craft distillery proudly producing small batch artisan spirits from quality ingredients that are homegrown on our country farm. Our charming family owned and operated micro distillery is based in the heart of the Fraser Valley, near Fort Langley. We welcome visitors to sample and purchase our fine spirits in the tasting room and have a cocktail in our lounge. The distillery is inspired by our agricultural roots and our passion to craft uniquely distilled spirits from quality products that we lovingly grow on our land. Our collection of seed to sip spirits includes vodka, whiskey, absinthe, and gin that can be enjoyed on their own or in your favourite craft cocktails.
Question: How are you supporting other local businesses?
Answer: So many of the ingredients in our products are local. We grow the majority (~80%) of it ourselves, and many of the botanicals or flavourings are from our farm or from other local businesses. For example, we work with Republica Coffee Roasters in Fort Langley for our coffee infused vodka, the local hop farm down the road crooked stick hop yard for our infused hops and honey vodka, and we get our juniper berries for our gin from Nighthawk Ranch in Northern B.C. We like to collaborate with Fraser Valley Cider Company – we’ve distilled some of their cider to make a pomme and they’ve used our gin in their gin botanical cider. We are distilling some of Mt Lehman’s Winery’s wine into brandy and working on a sweet red vermouth as well. My. Lehman also supplies us with used wine barrels for aging our whiskey and Brandy.
Stocking local products in our store is important to us and that is why we bring in products from other local businesses – syrups and tonics and such. All of them are B.C. products except for one tonic from Seattle. Along with the syrups and cordials we also stock Caesar rimmer from Abbotsford and pickled beans and pineapple from nanaimo.
We don’t have a lot of service purchases. We do use a national crown corporation for our loans – National Farm Credit Canada‘s branch in Abbotsford, and we hire local sales reps and media marketing people to help grow our business. For instance, we use Crush Marketing from Vancouver, and Continuum Beverage Marketing who are based in Kelowna, but have local staff reps.
Question: What social and environmental practices are you proud of?
Answer: We’re proud of our efforts to reduce our environmental impact. We recycle and reuse everything we can – we use well water for our manufacturing, we compost spent mash back into the grass fields, and we send our spent coffee beans to Camp Beer Co. to put into their casks.
We repurposed a lot of materials when building our tasting room and distillery. For our tasting room, we reused a trailer that had been on the property for 20 years. It wasn’t the in the best condition but we redid it on the inside with wood from two trees from the property that we had milled by a fields tree service.