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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!

RAW to Attend this Year’s TRIBUTE to Craft Spirits Festival

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Listen up, drink lovers! We’ve got big news. RAW Distillery is delighted to announce that we will be taking part in this year’s TRIBUTE to Craft Spirits Festival. Even bigger news: TRIBUTE kicks off today! First and foremost, here’s what you need to know about the festival:

TRIBUTE to Craft Spirits Festival

RAW Cocktain TRIBUTE to Craft Spirits Festival

This unique festival is the newest addition to Banff’s beloved SnowDays, the two-week-long celebration of snow, ice, winter, and (now) craft spirits. A wonderful addition, if we do say so ourselves. The festivities all take place nestled within the exquisite Canadian Rockies. What better way to celebrate the cold but beautiful winter months than with a specialty cocktail in hand?

TRIBUTE, with the support of Banff and Lake Louise Tourism, will be held in Banff and Lake Louise from January 16th – 27th, 2019 and we could not be more excited to be involved! Cocktails, craft spirits, great food, awesome people, and unbeatable scenery. What more could you ask for? Truly, you do not want to miss this festival.

Learn More.

TRIBUTE Cocktail Menus: January 16th – 27th

RAW Peppercorn Gin at TRIBUTE to Craft Spirits Festival

So, here’s the deal. The festival begins on the 16th by launching specialty TRIBUTE TO CRAFT cocktail menus in 15 bars and restaurants in Banff and Lake Louise. Each participating establishment’s menu will be home to 5 craft spirits from Alberta and BC for the duration of the festival.

And, you guessed it, RAW’s spirits will be in rotation!
Here’s where you can find us:

  • TOQUERAW Botanical Gin
  • Block Kitchen & BarRAW Peppercorn Gin
  • Larkspur – RAW Rye Unaged
  • Vermillion Room – RAW Peppercorn Gin
  • PARK Bar & Restaurant – RAW Botanical Gin
  • Balkan RestaurantRAW Rye Unaged
  • Magpie & Stump – RAW Botanical Gin
  • Eddie Burger Bar – RAW Peppercorn Gin
  • Mount Norquay – RAW Rye Unaged

Learn More.

THE MAIN EVENT: TRIBUTE DISCOVERY EVENT:

JANUARY 26th – 27th

Though the entire festival is exciting, this event is what we’re especially excited about, and you should be too! On January 26th and 27th from 2-9pm, TRIBUTE will be holding a massive outdoor event in the Banff village. The discovery event allows attendees to mingle about and get acquainted with craft distilleries from all over Alberta and BC and bars and restaurants from Banff and Lake Louise.

There will be between 10-15 festival stations where you can taste spirits and hors-d’oeuvres made by a diverse roster of exceptional businesses, all made with local ingredients. Free admission, to taste the amazing cocktails and food on offer, $1 coupons will be available to purchase to enjoy what the makers are whipping up just for you.

If you’re still not sure what to expect, we’ll put it simply: a big outdoor drinking festival with some of the best food and beverage offerings you can find in The Rockies. As you may have guessed, RAW Distillery will be hosting a station at the Discovery Event and we would love nothing more to share our spirits and specialty cocktails with you!

CTV Morning Live Segment

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May 3, 2017

Thanks CTV for taking the time to learn about us and our brand new products! It was a fun filled morning. Special thanks to Jeremy McGregor for his bartending skills and for composing the best Gin an Tonic I have had to date! the juniper syrup just sweetened the deal. We didn’t get to share live but look forward to this at future appearances. The versatility of this peppercorn gin is impressing even me!

First public tastings will be offered at Alberta Beer Festivals in Calgary this weekend, Crush and Cork in Canmore May 10 between 2-6pm, and of course the Canmore Uncorked Whisky Fest May 12. We can’t wait to see what you think! Be bold… come say hi! share and post your reviews to be entered to win 2 tickets to the Canmore Uncorked whisky fest!