Macaloney Brewers & Distillers Ltd. is proud to announce it has leased a facility for its Victoria Caledonian Distillery and Brewery, a multi-faceted establishment that will produce beer and whisky onsite as well as offer tutored single malt whisky and craft beer tastings, hands-on brewery and distillery tours, a brewing and distilling school, and custom whisky casks. Located at 761 Enterprise Crescent in Saanich, Greater Victoria, BC, the facility is presently being fitted out for opening in Spring of 2016.
“We are very pleased with the 761 Enterprise Crescent location,” said Founder & President Dr. Graeme Macaloney PEng., “It allows us to consolidate all of our distilling, brewing, warehousing and educational activities into a single 17,320 sq ft location. This location was chosen because of its situation overlooking the Pat Bay and the Municipality of Saanich’s proactive Council and business-friendly staff’.
More than a simple brewery and distillery, the Victoria Caledonian Distillery & Brewery will offer enthusiasts the opportunity to design their own 30L casks of whisky from a variety of 5 new make spirits and 10 oak-wood choices. Multi-cask purchasers will be able to attend ‘The Caley Academy’, a 5-day, hands-on brewing and distilling school.
Macaloney Brewers & Distillers Ltd. also announced the recruitment of Production Manager-Brewmaster, Mr. Dean McLeod BSc., and whisky Brand Ambassador-Sales Manager, Mr. Andrew Campbell Walls WSET. McLeod, an ex-pat Aussie was Production Manager at Lighthouse Brewery, one of 10 breweries he has worked in. He has a degree in brewing science and is an international beer judge.
Walls, an expat Scot hails most recently from Edmonton where he was Bar Manager with The Bothy whisky bar and before that a whisky specialty liquor store Manager with Liquor Depot. He is co-founder and life-time Brand Ambassador for the Alberta Scotch Society.
McLeod and Walls join Master Distiller Mike Nicolson (previously with 18 Diageo Scotch distilleries) and Scottish whisky maturation guru, Dr. Jim Swan (retained on a Canadian-exclusive basis).
“World class staff and consultants are key to our success,” said Dr. Macaloney. “We essentially conducted a global search to find the best people to be part of out team.”
The Victoria Caledonian is now recruiting for production, sales and tourism staff in preparation for a spring launch.
Macaloney Brewers & Distillers Ltd, is a destination boutique distillery & craft brewery owned by Canadians for Canadians. The Founder-Owner group, still open to new members, includes 200+ passionate craft beer and whisky enthusiasts. When open in Spring 2016, it will offer professionally guided tours, tutored tastings, a gift store for whisky, beer and related gifts, and a capability to host corporate, family or community events.