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RAW & Canmore Cave Tours are Proud to Present: RAW Underground

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We are pleased to introduce: RAW Underground, Sensory Cave Tour and Distillery Tasting for Canmore Uncorked. This one of a kind experience is a sensory adventure like you’ve never experienced before. Bringing together the remarkable underground terrain of Rat’s Nest Cave and the creative sensations of RAW spirits, you simply can’t miss this. Here’s a sneak peek at what you’re in for. Picture this…

A helmet buckled beneath your chin, harness around your waste, coveralls zipped over your entire body, prepared to explore a brand new place. You’re going to get dirty, but dirt washes off, and you haven’t explored the rockies until you’ve stepped inside them.

The temperature is a comfortable 4.5℃, the exact same every day of the year. It’s dark. Dark like you’ve never experienced it before. Your headlamp lights the way, though you’re aware it’s the only thing standing between you and complete and total darkness. It’s quiet. Silent, actually, apart from the sounds of you and your team making your way through. The smell? Earth. That’s the funny thing about caves, the absence of the sensory experience is palpable, almost a presence in and of itself. As you navigate this brand new space a familiar sent hits your nose. It’s sweet. Or is it bitter? You step closer, closing your eyes to focus your energy on one sense in particular.

RAW Distillery is known for forging some of the freshest botanicals and ingredients possible. Each of their spirits offer a tasting adventure and this is why they’ve come together with Canmore Cave Tours. To challenge your senses on an experiential sensory adventure designed to train your senses.  All 5 of them.

Canmore Cave tours will challenge your mind and play with your sense of sight, touch, and sound while RAW introduces the complexities of Aroma and Taste. Without the sense of smell we would be limited to basic taste sensations such as salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami…  Join us deep underground where your senses are heightened and focused without distraction. Discover just how important your nose is when tasting spirits (and of course everything else you eat or drink!).

After emerging from the underground, you are invited to join us back at the distillery at 810 Bow Valley Trail for a full spirit tasting to put your new sensory training to the test!

The RAW Underground Experience includes a Canmore Cave Tours Explorer Tour, a RAW Distillery tasting and welcome sample cocktail, and the exclusive collaborative in-cave sensory experience.

Price: $149/person
Date: April 30th at 3:00 pm
Location: 1. Canmore Cave Tours 2. RAW Distillery
Max Participants: 8

Get your tickets here.

Big Announcements from RAW Distillery

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In case you’ve been wondering, we’ve got some BIG things in the works at RAW Distillery. We can’t leak all of the details just yet. But, in the meantime, we’ve got a couple of announcements that we think you might like. A new partnership, a new location, new products, a new program, and MORE. Let us give you a quick rundown.

RAW Distillery Has Officially Partnered with BLAKE Canmore


We have entered into an exciting and inspiring partnership with BLAKE Canmore which came about serendipitously and could not be more fitting. BLAKE’s slogan says it all: “EAT. EXPLORE. EXPERIENCE.” Experiential eating and drinking are of the utmost importance to us. We want to provide a tasting adventure from start to finish, whether you’re coming in to enjoy a food and beverage pairing or purchasing a bottle of our spirits to drink on your own, it’s an adventure through and through. RAW and BLAKE are both founded upon a passion for local ingredients, unparalleled quality, and providing the best of the best. Eat local, drink local, know exactly what you’re putting in your body, and enjoy flavours like never before. Accessible luxury is what we’re all about. This partnership extends far past shared goals and values, in fact, it now includes a shared space.

Our Brand New Space


Have you noticed the construction on the back of the BLAKE restaurant? That’s us! We’ve left our old location and will be opening the doors to our brand new location later in the spring. You can expect a tasting room, a whole lot of sunlight, distillery tours, and more. We can’t wait to share this space with all of you. Stay tuned for photos, more info, and opening dates. We know you’ll love it as much as we already do!

Craft Spirits and Beyond

Why stop at spirits? RAW is poised to begin producing our very own craft beer! Our beer will be unveiled at this year’s Canmore Uncorked Beer Festival and on taps at our new location to follow. As you’d expect, it’s local, sophisticated, yet uncomplicated. RAW brewing is coming your way!

RAW Lifestyle

Do you feel that you are living a RAW lifestyle? Perhaps you should apply to become a RAW ambassador! We will be launching a RAW ambassadorship program this summer in which individuals from the Bow Valley and beyond can apply to join our team. Those selected will get perks from booze and merch to event tickets. Stay tuned for application details.

So, what about RIGHT now? Good question. While we wait for our new location to open its doors, there are a few ways you can enjoy RAW spirits.

Tastings at BLAKE


We will be holding guided tastings every Friday and Saturday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at BLAKE in their exclusive Loft for $12. Upgrade to include tastings of cocktail flights. You will receive 3 sample cocktails, 0.5oz each, for only $15. We’ve also got spring break tastings which are now opened up for booking next week, March 26-30th between 2:30-4:30! So, book your tasting today, either for spring break or any week following on a Friday or Saturday. www.rawspirits.ca/tours

Buy Some Spirits! 


Pop by BLAKE and purchase RAW spirits today or any day! We’ve got gin sample packs and full bottles of all of our spirits. We don’t know about you, but that sun sure does encourage getting a drink in hand. Can’t make it to Canmore? Ask for us at your local liquor store or buy online (insert link to online store)

We can’t tell you how excited we are for what’s to come. Thank you for your ongoing patience, love and support. Stay tuned!

Gain Access to the VIP SECRET SHOW by RAW and The Gathering

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RAW Distillery has joined the roster as one of The Gathering 2019’s partners. Not only will they be providing their mountain-made craft spirits throughout The Gathering, but they will also be co-hosting a VIP concert that you do not want to miss. First things first, let us tell you a little bit about The Gathering and why you simply must be there.

Introducing: The Gathering 2019

Cult Gathering Banff 2019

The Gathering is an exclusive summit which focuses on exposing the world’s most successful brands. Bringing together key players in brand awareness, marketing, customer devotion, and more. This event pulls big names from around the globe to uncover the inside secrets that have lead to their insurmountable success. The event will be taking place from February 20th – 22nd at the enchanting Banff Springs Hotel.

About 1,000 delegates from across Canada, the US, Australia, China, and the UK will come together to learn from and celebrate this year’s brand honourees and speakers. The summit is continually ranked as one of the most intimate and inspiring events for marketing professionals,
CEOs, CMOs, and entrepreneurs.



The Gathering 2019’s Honourees

This year’s Gathering will be honouring brands such as:

YETI, The Los Angeles Lakers, MARVEL, Cheetos, The North Face, Porsche, M&Ms, LUSH.

See? When we say “big names,” we mean it. On top of these hard-hitting brands, Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will be headlining The Gathering to receive the Personal Brand Lifetime Achievement Award. The prestigious award is in honour of an amazing sports career, his entrepreneurial spirit, and philanthropic endeavours.

“Tony Hawk is one of the most recognized athletes out there. He’s a role model for fans of all ages. He’s had an outstanding skateboarding career, but he’s also been able to turn that into a marketing engine for several successful businesses and use his celebrity to do incredible good for high-risk kids around the world. We can’t think of a more deserving Cult Brand Personality!” says Bradley Foster, Managing Director of The Gathering.

The Gathering Music & RAW to Co-Host a VIP Show

DEAR ROUGE: The Gathering 2019

The Gathering continues to expand and evolve while maintaining its intimate and personal atmosphere. This year, The Gathering Music Festival has expanded to bring together emerging Canadian bands for a series of concerts. The live shows will be taking place at the Bands Springs concert stage and the Rose and Crown pub in Banff.

In addition, the Gathering and RAW are pleased to present an intimate private show with Dear Rouge at Canalta Lounge. The Vancouver-based husband and wife duo, Dear Rouge, will be playing on February 22nd for an unforgettable VIP secret show while RAW serves signature cocktails and provides tastings of their locally-made craft spirits. To gain access to the VIP secret show by RAW and The Gathering. All you have to do is click here to RSVP.

Spaces are limited! We hope to see you there.

Skijordue 2019 is Comin’ in Hot, and We Want You to Be there!

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Listen up, Alberta! We’ve got something extremely exciting and extremely Canadian coming up and we want you to be there! RAW Distillery is the official Rye supplier for Skijor Canada 2019’s event, Skijordue hosted at the Calgary Polo Club in Okotoks on February 23rd.

If you’re wondering what Skijoring is, you’re probably not alone. Let us break it down for you! It is a winter sport in which a person on skis or a snowboard is pulled by a horse, dog, or vehicle. It sometimes involves a racing/competitive aspect and it always involves a whole lot of fun and booze!

Skijordue 2019

Sam Mitchell and her husband organize this annual charity fundraiser, Skijordue. The event is called “Skijordue” because the two main aims are to go fast and eat cheese. Fittingly, they’ve combined the words Skijor and fondue. The horse-draw racers take off, racing through obstacle course challenges, while spectators feast on cheese and sip Alberta Rye.

If you’re curious how intense these events can get, Sam explained to CBC News that the horses can hit speeds up to 65 km/h. If you like horses, winter sports, going fast, eating cheese, and attending parties, we think you’ve met your match! Whether you’re brave enough to sign up yourself or just looking to spectate, RAW whisky in hand, you belong here. There will be 4 races, a circuit, relay, sprint, and long jump.

RAW: Your Offical Skijordue Rye Supplier

In it’s very nature, this event is tons of fun. But beyond that, it fuses a number of RAW Distillery’s passions into one spectacular day. Founders, Lindsay and Brad, are especially excited about this unique event for a number of reasons. Lindsay grew up horseback riding competing in horseshows, finding immense joy and comfort on horseback no matter what the style. Brad is formerly a semi-pro wakeboarder and spent a great deal of time on the ski-hill patrolling in Kananaskis on his snowboard, even as a coach or with their avi-dog. Fast forward, and the two have become deeply passionate about local, authentic, RAW spirits which are sophisticated, yet uncomplicated. Their award winning Unaged RYE begins with glacier fresh water, 100% Alberta-sourced Rye grain and is finished in Port Barrels from Portugal. Adventurous, bold, flavours straight from the Rockies.

Oh, another thing. This year’s theme is Euro Western Modern Vingage Splendour. As you can imagine, there will be an eclectic array of ensembles to feast your eyes on. Expect a lot of fur, fringe, spandex, and more. Come on out, enjoy our Rye, and take in the glorious spectacle that is Skijordue. “This is a really special event for us! We hope everyone can come out and enjoy this truly Albertan event.” -Lindsay Smylie

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, because we want you there, we’re giving away tickets to Skijordue. Check out our Facebook and Instagram to find out how to enter.

See you there, cowboys, cowgirls and riders!