We like to say we’re untapped, unfiltered, and unforgettable up here in the Peace Country, but the truth is… A whole lot of tapping gets done in our neck of the woods. What can we say? Nights get long up in here in the winter, what else is there to do?
Well, actually, there’s plenty to do – there’s the beauty of the Northern Lights to admire, you can go ice fishing in a rented overnight cabin, downtown Grande Prairie comes alive with karaoke, casinos, after-hours tours of art galleries…
But that’s not what we’re here to discuss today. There are a host of up-and-coming local companies here in the Grande Prairie region producing a wide variety of wines, beers, spirits, and other tipples besides. Many of these drinks are inspired by the stories and history of the area, meaning it’s a good way to get to know the region.
Just remember – no matter how tasty the hidden gem you discover is, please indulge responsibly.
Broken Oak Distilling Co. was started in 2018 by Shawn Herbert and Patrick Chute, locals dedicated to old-school distilling practices. Their lineup of gins, liqueurs, whiskies, rums, and vodkas are made from hand-selected local grains with finishing touches that reflect the community they call home. In addition to their distillery, they also provide a lounge space for events such as bachelor/bachelorette parties, team building events, birthday and Christmas parties, and more functions besides.
Looking for a wide selection of tasty, locally brewed beers? Grain Bin Brewing Company has you covered. Their award-winning beers include lagers, amber ales, IPAs, and stouts – no matter your taste, you’ll find something to enjoy in their tap room. While you’re there, be sure to check out their impressive patio and outdoor mural.
Mead is one of the oldest drinks known to man. It’s a wine made from fermented honey that even the ancient pharaohs of Egypt were known to enjoy. Stolen Harvest Meadery puts a Grande Prairie spin on the tradition. Their meadery has been producing meads that have won plenty of national and international awards such as the World Mead Challenge Mead of the Year in 2021, and a silver medal at the All Canadian Wine Championship in 2022!
If delicious fruity wines are more your style, head immediately to Broken Tine Orchard close to Beaverlodge. The orchard was originally planted in 2011, and since then, Broken Tine has been farming haskap berries for the uniquely flavourful wines they produce. They also sell many other products made with the haskap berry, including haskap-flavoured ice cream.
Latitude 55 has become one of Grande Prairie’s premiere distilleries, taking their name from the geographic coordinates of our fair city. Crafting everything from gin, rum, moonshine, and vodka, Latitude 55 works with local businesses to source the best local ingredients. Their philosophy is one of local commitment and working with the community to create a spirit of togetherness.
Want more info about Latitude 55? Check out our dedicated blog!
The Joosed Moose takes its name from an incident where a moose got into their orchard and “joosed” (stole) a lot of the owner’s prized saskatoon berries. The name stuck, and the wines are just as delicious as the berries the moose stole! Give their “Siggy’s Saskatoon” dry oak a try – it won the Judges’ Selection at the 2021 Alberta Beverage Awards.
The Grande Prairie region is home to many great craft drinks, much more than what we listed here. If you know of any other Peace Country treasures we missed, or you tried any of these drinks for the first time, don’t forget to share your experiences with us on social media. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn – hit us up using the hashtag #GPTourism. Here’s to buying local!