The Indigenous-owned winery now also crafts vodka and gin infused with a combination of locally foraged botanicals, including rose hips, lavender, milk thistle, sorrel, borage and black lace elderberry—many of which were traditionally used as medicines by the local Indigenous Peoples.
Bespoke Spirits House is a natural progression in the career of owner and distiller Shelly Heppner. Inherently creative, Shelly has always gravitated toward a medium of expression, whether it has been designing functional home décor, making her best-selling martini picks, or taking up the art of distilling.
The philosophy and profile of their spirits are very much inspired by the farm and forest they call home. With an ever-increasing amount of their ingredients growing just a stone’s throw from the still house, they strive to keep their spirits as ‘local’ as you can get.
Misguided Spirits uses solely B.C. agricultural products—grain grown in the Peace River region and barley malted by Victoria-based Phillips Brewery and Malt Works. Speaking of misguided, Misguided Spirits is home to Brother XII vodka, named after the charismatic and demanding mystic who led followers to a colony he established southeast of Nanaimo in the late 1920s.