Artisan Distillery & Product Qualifications
Original Product: The product must have been distilled and bottled by the original producer, i.e. it cannot be a rebranded or white label product.
If a product is branded differently from the distillery, the distillery must own the brand. The distillery cannot submit products it produces for a person or company under a different brand.
Small Scale: The distillery’s sales cannot exceed 100,000 litres of absolute ethyl alcohol per year.
Independent Producer: The distillery must be owned and operated independently of other distilleries. If any owner (person, company, or other legal entity) of a distillery with a 10% or greater stake in the company has a 10% or greater stake in one or more other distilleries, the distilleries will be considered a single entity for the purposes of evaluating if those distilleries meet the Small Scale qualification.
Examples: (1) If a party owns 25% of Distillery A with 90,000L of sales, and 15% Distillery B with 15,000L of sales, both distilleries will be counted together as having a sales total of 105,000L and both Distilleries A and B will be excluded. (2) If a party owns 10% of Distillery A with 200,000L in sales, and 10% of Distillery B with 10,000L, Distillery A will be excluded under the Small Scale rule, and Distillery B will be excluded under the Independently Produced and Small Scale rules.
Artisan Production: The distillery applies its own techniques to ferment, blend, infuse or age its products - products must be distilled or re-distilled by the distillery. Neutral Grain Spirit is allowed with technique applied (it must be redistilled). Examples of techniques which would disqualify a product include: (1) blending purchased spirits with water and adding favouring and/or colouring without redistilling, or (2) purchasing spirits to barrel age or mix with other distillery product. *
* Vermouth Exception: Due to Craft regulations in BC, distilleries which produce vermouth under a wine license can still enter that product. The product must be clearly identified under the distillery brand, and the distillery must own the branding. The vermouth must be submitted by a company which is primarily a distillery (generally as evidenced by the fact that they have other spirit products).