Local Spirit. Distilled.

Andrew Hayden and Jillian Rutherford stand together in their distillery.

Fernie Distillers is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Andrew Hayden and Jillian Rutherford. — Photo courtesy Fernie Distillers

Fernie Distillers is in the final stages of renovations on 1st Avenue and is expected to open this winter.

Andrew Hayden and Jillian Rutherford are the husband and wife duo responsible for bringing the first-ever licensed craft distillery to Fernie.

“We look forward to being a part of the revitalization of 1st Avenue and our location adjacent to the future Station Square couldn’t be better,” said Hayden.

The 3,200-square-foot building will be a modern production facility, tasting room and lounge, manufacturing small batches of vodka, liqueurs, seasonal spirits and barrel-aged products with a modern branding approach. The distillery also boasts a lounge and patio that will be available to rent for special events.

Rutherford will head up production and is one of the few female distillers in Canada.

Kyle Born

Kyle Born is a writer for Kootenay Business and his initials match that of the magazine—it must be fate that brought them together. View all of Kyle Born’s articles

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