Products: Wintertime Frost, Ol’ Apple Betty
Availability: At the distillery
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Situated in the town of Camrose, Alberta, in the heart of the prairies, Back 40 Distillery reflects the strong work ethic and passion for quality spirits shared by founders Rick Lazaruik and Lorne Haugen owners and operators. The Company was incorporated in February of 2016 after a long period of research and development. That process began on a warm summer day on Lorne’s farm, when the two began talking about getting back to the basics with food and drink; a time when you could read the simple ingredients on a bottle and recognize every component. As a farmer, Lorne had many of the raw ingredients they were talking about. They duo began processing their own meat and selling it locally at farmer’s markets. They soon began to form alliances with local farmers and growers. They tasted berries, apples, and honey all locally produced, and all of exceptional quality. They knew they were on to something special.
And so they dream of producing hand-crafted, small batch, gluten free spirits began more than possible, it was inevitable. The year 2015 involved a steep learning curve of licensing, equipment suppliers, and honest, hard work, something both Lorne and Rick know a lot about. Once they had the facility built and the potstill installed, they set to work developing recipes that reflect the artisanal ingredients the prairies has to offer.
As owners and operators, Lorne and Rick are responsible for every aspect of the distilling process. They returned to the partners they had met in the local community over the years. Their beet sugar comes from Taber, Alberta. As seasonal fruits become available, they will source berries and apples from local growers in the Camrose area. For now, they turn to orchards in nearby British Columbia for the perfect apples to recreate a unique, “fresh from the oven apple pie” taste in their Ol’ Apple Betty spirit.
They have been determined to support the local community from the very beginning, owing a great deal to their business to their family, friends and neighbors who encouraged and supported them while they built their business. The day they put up the Back 40 Distillery sign and the public started coming in, was the day they knew it had all been worth it.
Lorne and Rick are as proud of their tasting room as they are of the spirits available there. The 20 person establishment is complimented with beautifully aged bark wood on the stand up bar and door frame. The walls are decorated with rustic signs from local granaries and barns, all neighbours of the distillery. The cozy spot is a perfect place for small gatherings and special occasions. They are licensed to serve drinks and are proud to offer a number of cocktails that feature their high quality product. Visitors can also purchase directly from the distillery. People are encouraged to take a tour of the facility and see first hand Lorne and Rick’s passion at work. Contact the distillery directly to book a taste and tour.