On a mission to show off some of the incredible moonshine made by Ontario distillers, our friends at Top Shelf Distillers set out on a zero emission road trip to pick up moonshine from five Ontario distilleries (including their own) in Perth, Concord, Woodstock, Guelph & Elmira in one day. Here’s where they stopped- and what you should try!
Reunion Moonshine by Top Shelf DistillersPerth, Ontario topshelfdistillers.com Honestly, you should try them all. At any given time the Top Shelf team has a dozen unique moonshines on off in their Perth County sipping room. We love the Buttertart, the Wild Blueberry and the Citrus Mint – just to name a few!
Last Straw DistilleryConcord, Ontario madebyhand.laststrawdistillery.com Try the Dark Side of The Moonshine – a classic moonshine, made with sugar & 100% Ontario corn, then aged for at least a year in a Tennessee Whiskey barrel.
Dixon’s Distilled SpiritsGuelph, Ontario dixonsdistilledspirits.com Try the “Oatshine” – made with 100% Canadian oats, it is a very unique sipper. Smooth and has a hint of sweetness, it’s supposed to pair well with ginger beer.
Junction 56Stratford, Ontario junction56.ca Try the Fireshine. The folks at Junction 56 steep a custom cinnamon tea made by Karen Hartwick, Stratford’s Tea Sommelier into their moonshine for several days. It’s definitely toasty!
Murphy’s Law MoonshineElmira, Ontario murphyslawmoonshine.com Try the Apple Pie Moonshine made using Ontario Apple Cider sourced from Martins Fruit Farm and corn sourced from Floradale Feed-mill.
“The objective of the trip was to encourage our fellow Ontario Moonshine Distilleries and those who love their products to use the hashtag #OntarioMoonshine to help grow Ontario Moonshine awareness” said Stuart Thornly, Media + Communications at Top Shelf Distillers. “We want to educate people how this category of spirit is intrinsically linked our provinces terroir.” How you ask? Most Ontario moonshine is made with Ontario grain – think corn, rye and more – then flavoured with regional ingredients. Reunion Moonshine, as an example, uses Perth County corn as the base for their spirit and then infuses it with all sorts of Ontario treasures. Our current favorite is the Prince Edward County Strawberry – it’s like summer in a glass! “We’re looking to unify Ontario Moonshine distillers” says Thornly. That’s a cause we can definitely get behind!