Last Mountain Distillery born from humble beginnings

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At Last Mountain Distillery, there’s a subtle homage to their past, a sign of how much they’ve grown since first getting into the booze business back in 2010. 

If you ever get a chance to take a tour of the facilities in Lumsden, take a look at the floor in the room where their barrels are. There’s an outline painted on the floor that marks how small the distillery was when it first started in Colin and Meredith's garage. It's crazy to think about how they made hard liquor in such a small space when you consider how much equipment is needed in the distilling process. 

As we toured around, Braeden Rawiet, Last Mountain's product manager, shared a few stories with us that gives Last Mountain Distillery that small town Saskatchewan feel. 

When Colin and Meredith first started distilling, grandma was the designated dishwasher and would wash everything from her kitchen sink. As they grew from their garage to the distillery, grandma was able to retire from dishwashing duty and a big industrial dishwasher took her place that was later named the "Grandma 2000" in her honour. 

Back then, they had no dishwasher either, it was Grandma who did most of the necessary cleaning by hand. Today, the dishwasher, “Grandma 2000” is named in her honour. 

We also go to see where the famous dill pickle vodka is created. They have a giant flavouring tank that's constantly in operation and if you open the lid and take a look inside, you'll get a serious whiff of what dill pickle vodka in the making smells like. 

Braeden shared a bit of his journey with us and how he unexpectedly fell into the world of distilling. He loves the creative freedom of being able to experiment with different products and see what flies and what doesn't. 

To learn more about distillery and catch a sneak peek of what it looks like inside, check out the video of our Happy Hour road trip out to Last Mountain Distillery. 

Joel Gasson