There are so many local foods that excite me in Guelph. Soon it’s time to harvest local Fiddleheads! Royal City Brewing Company released a perfectly lovely Berlinner Weisse this week – “No Sleep Till Berlin” – and of course the Farmers Market in Guelph gets me and my Coco up every Saturday morning at 6:30 to discover what’s new.
But as i prepare for summer i start thinking about Caesars – Canada’s version of ‘Merica’s Bloody Mary.
Dixon’s Distillery of Guelph makes a clever little vodka designed for the Caesar – their “Flaming Caesar Vodka”. With hints of celery salt, chili heat, and garlic – it makes a great Caesar. But hey, a picture says a thousand words – so here are 3.000 more that are easy to read.
How interesting that the week after I get back from my first visit to Tennessee – the moonshine mecca of the world – I find a distillery open in my home town! [maybe I’ll let you be the judge of how interesting that is – read on]
The people at Dixon’s Distillery have been building and distilling for over a year and just opened up their doors to help with public consumption this August. I didn’t even know Guelph needed a craft distillery until we got one. Thanks to mayor Cam Guthrie for ending prohibition so early in his term.
As one who dabbles in his own dark magic – converting cheap American vodka into premium gin – I am always keen to chat it up with fellow elixir makers and sample their potions – so i had a great time with co-owner Vicky Dixon, chatting up the finer points of distilling. Finer points like how to put some of that into my glass so that i can taste it.
White lightning, vodka, and gin is what they make from locally sourced grains and water. Finally a healthy use for water. They even age some of the moonshine with an oak spiral in the bottle to give it a bourbon character.
I have the unaged moonshine in my freezer right now because I like drinking it cold. I really like that i can taste the grains through the alcohol – more so than any spirit I’ve had before. Straight up it makes a fine martini.
You can pick up a bottle of your own for under $40 at the distillery. It’s worth a visit and a much shorter drive than to Tennessee.