John Hall’s Forty Creek

John Hall’s Forty Creek

I have found that many of the new distillers in America have come to distilling from breweries and beer production. It’s a logical step, as “beer” must be brewed before whisky can be distilled from it. (I’ve always liked the saying, “Whisky is what beer wants to be when it grows up…”) Some distillers come to whisky with wine expertise as well. Why make cognac when you can make whisky, right? One such wine producer in Canada that has made the transition to whisky production is John Hall of Forty Creek Distillery. The international community is paying more attention to Canadian whisky largely because of Mr. Hall’s contributions to craft production. John Hall started making wine in the 1970’s and purchased Kittling Ridge Estates Winery in Grimsby, Ontario in...

Can We All Stop Talking Trash About Canadian Whisky Now?

Can we all stop talking trash about Canadian whisky now? 70% of Canadian whisky is shipped to the United States for sale. About 90% of the “good stuff” produced in Canada never leaves Canada. So what then? Seems we Americans are left with the short end of the stick, eh? We hold a grudge against Canada for some reason. Too many 7&7s were served in the 80’s and too many of our fathers (or grandfathers) drank Canadian Club in the 60’s, I guess (I’m talking to you, Don Draper!). The fact is that a lot of Americans don’t even know that they love a Canadian whiskey! Texas is the largest market for Crown Royal. (I actually have a Texas Ranger in my family that refuses to drink anything except Crown and Coke. I don’t have the heart to tell him…)...