Member Statement
(22 March 2018)

From Hansard - 22 March 2018

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Last Mountain Distillery Recognized at Canadian Whisky Awards

Hon. Mr. Stewart: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, three years ago Last Mountain Distillery developed a single-cask, 100 per cent rye whisky at their distillery in Lumsden and left it in a barrel to age. Last month this rye whisky netted the distillery a gold medal at the Canadian Whisky Awards in Victoria, BC [British Columbia].

The company was also awarded two bronze medals, one for its Canadian whisky and the other for its cherry whisky. And perhaps most significantly, the company was chosen as this year’s best North American craft microdistillery.

Mr. Speaker, much like their whisky, Last Mountain Distillery came from humble beginnings. The distillery was launched in August 2010 by Meredith and Colin Schmidt in their garage in Lumsden. Meredith and Colin originally met in the United States while Colin was playing hockey. And after his hockey career concluded, they decided to move to Saskatchewan to start this new venture. Today they have a 9,000 square-foot facility also in Lumsden. These humble beginnings only make all this success even more impressive, and like any good whisky, as their company continues to age, I have no doubt they’ll only get better.

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of everyone in this Assembly, I’d like to congratulate Meredith and Colin and everyone at Last Mountain Distillery for winning these prestigious awards and wish them the very best moving forward. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Cheers.

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